About FAMILY & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Through public and private funding, the community engagement initiative of Nashville Ballet strives to expose children, teens and adults to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of dance, by providing unique dance experiences that cultivate an interest in the art form of ballet.
Nashville Ballet offers entertaining, informative and interactive family programming and activities throughout Middle Tennessee—many free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of public and private donations, Nashville Ballet is able to reach over 30,000 children, teens and adults through our family and community programs. Each year, we strive to cultivate unique community partnerships with educational institutions, arts venues and social service organizations across the state in order to provide the highest degree of dance education in our community.
Performances at the Nashville Public Library and Branch Libraries
Check the Nashville Public Library Calendar for dates when we will host free performances of our touring ballets. We also host storytime events at Metro Nashville local branch libraries throughout the season. Contact your local library to see when a performance is headed to your branch!
Thanks to generous donor support, Nashville Ballet is able to distribute free Nashville’s Nutcracker tickets to social service agencies serving economically underprivileged populations each winter. Contact our Community Education Manager, Briona Richardson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 297-2966 x111 in November for the December performances of Nashville's Nutcracker.
A “Head Start” On Dance: Performances for Pre-K and Kindergarten Audiences
Nashville Ballet partners with the Metro Action Commission in Middle Tennessee to expose all Headstart Center children to a live performance and ballet experience annually. Headstart students who are 3 years old have an opportunity to experience a storytime event at their Center location; 4-year-old Headstart students take an exciting field trip to the Nashville Ballet studios where company dancers take class, rehearse and perform to experience the exciting children’s ballet Jump, Frog, Jump.
Jump, Frog, Jump
Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Robert Kalan, this exciting tale of a frog and friends retraces from the beginning each time a new character is added: "This is the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog that was under the fly that climbed out of the water- How did the frog get away? Jump Frog Jump!" This energetic and humorous ballet is completely narrated and incorporates children from the audience as they instruct the frog to jump for his safety! The repetitive dialogue of the story helps to build important memory skills, while the art of dance, drama and visual art "bring science to life" with lessons on bugs, reptiles and other pond creatures.
Each February, Nashville Ballet presents a sensory friendly performance of Jump, Frog Jump. This program is designed to create an inclusive and welcoming experience for all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.
This is a FREE event, but reservations are encouraged due to limited capacity. Visit our Upcoming Events page in February for more information.
Connecting with Colleges: Touring Program for college audiences
In collaboration with various colleges and universities throughout Middle Tennessee, Nashville Ballet reaches college audiences through a variety of professional educational experiences and events. Events include but are not limited to:
In-depth educational discussions and presentations with Nashville Ballet artistic staff
Providing students who book group sales "up close and personal" glimpses of an actual company rehearsal in progress
Educational studio tours