Nashville Ballet is honored to award three endowed scholarships to students at School of Nashville Ballet. Each was established in the name of an individual whose love of dance impacted Nashville Ballet in life, and now in legacy. Awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories. Recipients will receive tuition for a full year of study in School of Nashville Ballet.

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About The DIANE LYNCH SMITH Scholarship Fund

Diane was a lifelong dancer. She studied ballet as a young girl, taught ballet, and danced with the Civic Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama, until college, marriage, children, life as an Air Force wife, and a professional career demanded her attention. She continued taking ballet classes whenever feasible and enjoyed social dancing to include ballroom, latin, and swing. She was a founding and sustaining member of The Clarksville Dance Club and a member of Let's Dance Club, Nashville.

Diane loved Nashville Ballet and its precursor civic ballet. She was a season ticket holder and annual donor since moving to the area in the early 1980s. Through her legacy scholarship, Diane's family hopes to offer young dancers an opportunity to experience the same joy from and passion for dance that enhanced and enriched Diane’s life and to promote a continuing stream of talent and artistry for Nashville Ballet.


Nashville Ballet accepts gifts of cash, check, credit card payment or stock transfer. To make a gift via mail or phone:
 Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon Drive
Nashville, TN 37209
 Nicole Long, Development Coordinator
(615) 297-2966 x804
For questions, please contact Nicole Long at