Nashville Ballet’s Curriculum-Based Education Initiative
Nashville Ballet brings innovative educational dance programming to middle, high and post-secondary 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.

Taking the Next Step & Reaching Higher —Touring and School Programs for Middle School, High School & Post-Secondary Students
This unique arts education program utilizes classical and contemporary dance, drama, music and the visual arts to promote a deeper understanding of abstract art and the use of the arts to express emotion. With an emphasis on the art form of dance, students learn that they can create meaningful relationships and communicate thought, feeling and action through physical movement, and that movement can inspire understanding and reaction from audiences.

72 Steps

Nashville Ballet is excited to partner with TPAC’s HOT Season for Young People to present 72 Steps for school audiences during the 2019-2020 season.

Booking Dates: February 18-21, 2019
Full details will be available online at TPAC.org July 3, 2018. Reservations open August 6, 2018 and may be made through TPAC’s Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT) program.

Concept, Choreography and Direction by Gina Patterson
Music by Jordan Brooke Hamlin
Costume Design by Jocelyn Melechinsky
Lighting Design by Kelly Landry

Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their Perfect 36 Supporters, Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it.

Patterson’s work transports classrooms and audiences to the early 1900s as camps in favor and opposition of suffrage frantically battle for support in the days leading up to the Tennessee legislature’s history making vote.

Depicting a fight that began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and spanned over 72 years, this ballet transcends time in a rallying call to action designed to create dialogue surrounding the past and modern-day barriers to a unified and equitable society.