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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As Nashville Ballet enters its 20th season under Paul Vasterling’s artistic direction, current Chief Operating Officer Lisa Dixon French has been promoted to the newly created position of executive director, reflecting the needs of the thriving organization in the face of unprecedented growth. 

This new structure reflects the proven partnership between French and Vasterling and will further Nashville Ballet’s ability to achieve artistic recognition and success across Tennessee and the nation,

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Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Vasterling will be among approximately 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.

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Featuring a carefully curated lineup of Nashville premieres and a dynamic musical selection, Nashville Ballet will present Modern Masters, May 4-6, 2018 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Modern Masters is a new initiative designed to deliver the spectacular works of the world’s leading choreographers to Middle Tennessee residents and visitors each season. Highlighting the distinctly delightful styles of three internationally renowned choreographic geniuses, this year’s program features dance icon Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Western Symphony by George Balanchine, commonly known as the father of American ballet.

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Nashville Ballet invites children to enter the magical world of ballet during the inaugural Family Day at the Ballet from 12 to 4 p.m. on April 15 at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

Imaginations will run wild as Nashville Ballet treats children to a performance of Aesop’s Fables comprised of four of the wildly popular tales—The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, The Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper. Four performances are scheduled throughout the event to provide optimal flexibility for busy families. The 30-minute performance is set to take place each hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the last showing at 3:30 p.m.

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Groundbreaking repertory celebrates the past, looks to the future

Nashville Ballet celebrates Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director with a groundbreaking 2018-2019 performance season. Touting musical collaborations that embrace the multitude of talents in Music City, the upcoming season ushers in a new era of artistry in Middle Tennessee. With fresh takes on fan favorites and the world premiere of Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux, the 2018-2019 season promises to deliver. 

“As I enter into my 20th year as Artistic Director, I am in awe of the growth of our company and artists,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “This season is truly revolutionary in subject matter and artistry; my hope is that we’ll challenge both dancers and audiences in a way that affords progress and growth. With such a spectacular repertory, our goal is to take what’s next and turn it into what’s now.”

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Annual Gala Celebrates the Legacy of Johnny Cash

Ballet goes country (and a little rock and roll) when Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala Ballet Ball pays homage to Johnny Cash through a collaboration with his son John Carter Cash and guest appearances by several internationally recognized artists at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 3.

The event, which raises funds to present educational dance programming to over 30,000 underserved youth and families throughout Middle Tennessee each year, will feature a set list of songs written or popularized by Johnny Cash curated by John Carter Cash and performed by some of Cash’s dear friends and/or favorite artists.

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Nashville Ballet will premiere Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project this February, an internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet that journeys through one of history’s darkest hours to ultimately shine a spotlight on the triumph of the human spirit. Presented as part of Nashville Ballet’s annual Attitude series, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project comes to Music City from Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills February 9-11, 2018, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project unfolds as Naomi Warren, a real-life Holocaust survivor, reflects on her life. Following one person’s journey through the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, the work aims to spread a message of resiliency, courage and, most importantly, hope. Created and choreographed by Mills, Light has traveled to cities all over the world since its premiere in Austin, Texas, in 2005. The ballet is set to a contemporary score by renowned composers Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich.

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