Nashville Ballet is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 season. With a collection of new works and poignant classics, this season raises a mirror to society in an exploration of perceptions, standards and stereotypes. Through thought-provoking, entertaining programming, the 2019-2020 season promises to captivate, educate and spark meaningful conversations.

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Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala, Ballet Ball, celebrates its 30th anniversary on March 2 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The black-tie event raises funds to present educational dance programming to more than 20,000 underserved youth and families throughout Middle Tennessee each year. This year’s celebration marks 30 for Ballet Ball serving as one of the city’s most popular events of the social season. There will be nods to the past three decades of Ballet Ball…

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Exploring themes of otherness, equality and self-worth, Nashville Ballet will premiere Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s boundary-pushing ballet, Lucy Negro Redux, at TPAC’s Polk Theater, February 8-10.

In a time-bending tale, Lucy Negro Redux examines William Shakespeare’s love life and the subjects of his famed sonnets…

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Presented by Nashville Ballet, and sponsored in part by PNC Bank, Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to delight audiences both young and young-at-heart. Music City’s favorite holiday tradition will take the stage Dec. 1-23, 2018 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Nashville Ballet premiered Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept weaving the city’s glittering past with the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale. In its 11th season on stage, Nashville’s Nutcracker has cemented itself in the hearts of numerous patrons and young artists as a treasured holiday tradition.  

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Inspired by Tennessee’s vital role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Nashville Ballet will debut Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps at Harpeth Hall School’s Frances Bond Davis Theatre on Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

Commissioned by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Nashville and their Perfect 36 Supporters, 72 Steps explores themes of basic human rights, civic responsibility and the ongoing battle for a more equitable society through the lens of the suffrage movement.

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Nashville Ballet’s popular contemporary collaboration with singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn returns to TPAC’s Polk Theater October 18-20, 2018 to usher in the Halloween season. An original score is played live while the ballet’s company artists perform a captivating narrative alongside them.  

An instant hit after premiering in 2017, Nashville Ballet Resident Choreographer Christopher Stuart’s beguiling production returns to take viewers on a chilling journey through purgatory.

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Opening the organization’s 20th season under Paul Vasterling’s artistic direction, Nashville Ballet will present what’s commonly considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake, with three performances September 21-23, 2018 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Drawing upon Russian folklore, Swan Lake transports audiences to a realm of lush romance to tell the tale of the beautiful, but cursed, maiden Odette.

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School of Nashville Ballet will begin its fall semester on August 20. As the organization enters a new school year, new program leadership will drive the school’s continued focus on excellence in artistry and athleticism.

“Our organization has earned a reputation for offering the highest level of ballet training in Tennessee largely due to the impressive commitment, expertise and tireless work of our faculty and staff,” Associate Artistic Director Nick Mullikin said. “Promoting Kate Linsley and welcoming Aven Chadwell will allow us to continue providing elevated training and tremendous dedication to the development of each student who enters our studios.”

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Nashville Ballet invites community youth ages 8+ to open auditions for the 2018-2019 season production of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Auditions will be held on Sundays, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, 2018 at Nashville Ballet’s Sylvan Park facility, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville.

An annual Christmastime production, Nashville’s Nutcracker features approximately 300 youth cast members from the School of Nashville Ballet and the surrounding community. Roles range from darling Clara to the adorable bear cavalry and everything in between.

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Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling has announced the 2018-2019 season roster. In his 20th season as artistic director, Vasterling adds five newcomers, promotes four from within and welcomes the return of one School of Nashville Ballet alum. Nashville Ballet’s company currently includes 24 artists, 60 percent of which are alumni of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company. Nashville Ballet’s company and NB2 dancers are selected from a rigorous nationwide audition process from a pool of over 500 qualified applicants.

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Nashville Ballet will celebrate National Dance Day for the eighth consecutive year on Saturday, July 28 by offering free sample classes and choreography provided by Dizzy Feet Foundation, which was co-founded in 2009 by hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) creator Nigel Lythgoe.

The day will feature a sample of Nashville Ballet's regularly programmed Community Division Adult Classes (ages 18+) and a one-time youth musical theater class

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