Nashville Ballet’s Curriculum - Based Education Initiative
Nashville Ballet brings innovative educational dance programming to elementary schools across Middle Tennessee. Working to achieve our mission to develop and cultivate audiences with a lifelong appreciation for the essential and inspiring art of dance, we offer a variety of educational programming that uniquely integrates arts education with core academic subjects including language arts, math, science and social studies.

Utilizing standards-based dance education workbooks, interactive teacher resources, movement exercises and activities taught by our professional teaching artists, we assist educators in helping students of all ages strengthen their academic performance while increasing their awareness, knowledge and utilization of dance and the arts.

All Community Engagement programs can offer an arts integration experience and feature an engaging interactive demonstration component that is tailored to the age of the scheduled audience.

Dance Me A Story – Programs for Elementary Students
Utilizing classical and contemporary dance, drama, music, literature and visual arts, our narrative children’s ballet performances are based on diverse cultural folk tales, fairy tales and literary classics that enable us to bring books to life while stimulating children's creativity and curiosity and encouraging them to seek the arts as a positive means for their social, physical and mental growth.

Degas and the Little Dancer on tour during the 2018-2019 season for elementary audiences:

Photo by Karyn Kipley

Degas and the Little Dancer

Booking Dates: Oct. 8 - 20; Oct. 29 - Nov. 3; Feb. 4 - Mar. 2; May 6 - 11

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Laurence Anholt, Degas + The Little Dancer follows the story of young Marie, who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, but cannot afford to take dance lessons. She gives up her dreams to support her family as an artist’s model and, in an ironic turn of events, becomes one of the most famous dancers in the world as the subject of French artist Degas’ bronze statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.

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Teaching Artist Visits

Bring Nashville Ballet teaching artists to your school, classroom or educational program to teach participants and students about artistic expression and self-confidence. All programs meet state standards for dance instruction, and include accompanying instructional material.

Dance! ( K- 4th grade)
Based on the book "Dance!" by Bill T. Jones and Susan Kuklin, this program introduces students to the joy and boundless possibilities of movement. Dancers teach students how to create shapes and carve out space with their bodies.

Resiliency! (Anti-Bullying Program for 3rd and 4th Grade Students)
A Nashville Ballet teaching artist combines the athleticism of ballet and basketball to teach students the importance of resiliency on stage and in everyday life. Students discuss the importance of respect, inclusion and getting in the game.

Residency School Partnerships

Nashville Ballet partners with pre-selected area Title 1 MNPS elementary schools to provide live dance performance experiences (ballet performances, storytime events and teambuilding workshops) at no cost to the school or students. Students ages 6 to 10 are also eligible to audition to receive annual full scholarships to train with the internationally recognized faculty and staff of the School of Nashville Ballet.

Appearances at Local Schools to Celebrate Literacy
Dancers, instructors and staff members of Nashville Ballet will travel to local schools during Literacy Celebrations to read stories and perform storytime events for students. Contact your school to inquire about our participation or book an appearance with our Outreach Coordinator at outreach@nashvilleballet.com or by calling (615) 297-2966 x111.