Since its founding in 1986, Nashville Ballet has grown to become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee, presenting a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling.

Nashville Ballet owns its own building, the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, a customized 44,000 square foot facility that serves as a home for our professional dancers, school students and administrative offices. Though some performances are held at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, most performances are held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in downtown Nashville.

Our mission

We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.

  Photo by Marianne Leach

Photo by Marianne Leach

The Company

The company is comprised of 24 professional dancers from around the world who perform in all main stage productions during Nashville Ballet's performance season. The pre-professional second company, NB2, offers more than 20 young dancers the chance to hone their technique and artistry in preparation for a dance career with intensive training and performance opportunities.


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School of Nashville Ballet

School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality training for children and adults of all ages. Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty and artistic staff, providing a complete dance experience that is both challenging and rewarding. 

  Photo by Anthony Matula

Photo by Anthony Matula

In the Community

Our Community Engagement Program promotes dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community with wide-reaching and innovative educational dance programming for schools and community groups throughout Middle Tennessee. Nashville Ballet travels to schools, libraries, parks and community centers to introduce new audiences of all ages to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of dance.

  Photo by Anthony Matula

Photo by Anthony Matula

Music City Connections

Nashville Ballet collaborates with the Nashville Symphony, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, local singer-songwriters and many other Nashville-based artists and community organizations to produce original dance productions that showcase all of the talents of Music City. Nashville Ballet is proud to offer live musical accompaniment at all of its season productions at TPAC.

  Photo by Marianne Leach

Photo by Marianne Leach

Community Support

Nashville Ballet is a non-profit organization that is funded in part from grants made available through the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding from the Ingram Charitable Fund supports the presentation of the Nashville Symphony for most performances. Additional funding is also provided by The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, HCA Tri-Star, SunTrust, Caterpillar Financial, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Market Charities. 

Title VI Information

Nashville Ballet is committed to ensuring that no person shall – on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status – be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any Nashville Ballet program or event, as provided by the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you feel you have experienced discrimination by Nashville Ballet’s employees, volunteers or partners, please contact us using the form below. Please include as much detail as possible and a representative of Nashville Ballet will be in contact with you soon.

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