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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Holiday Favorite Will Debut New Elements, Including Snow in the Audience

Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion. Since its world premiere in 2008, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s original spin on the classic has cemented its place as one of Music City’s most beloved holiday traditions.

Nashville Ballet premiered The Nutcracker in 1989, but the production was reinvented as Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept incorporating Nashville’s vibrant past along with new choreography, sets, costumes and on-stage magic tricks. Now entering its 10th year, Nashville’s Nutcracker will debut additional elements to celebrate the milestone.

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Lizzie Borden Paired with World Premiere of The Raven

Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.

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Dancer Talent in Spotlight During One of Ballet’s Most Physically Challenging Works

Nashville Ballet will open its performance season with one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, September 23-24, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The Sleeping Beauty features some of the most challenging classical choreography ever created, an iconic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony, and sets and costumes never before seen in Music City.

The Sleeping Beauty ballet, based on the famous fairytale by Charles Perrault, debuted in 1890 featuring choreography by Marius Petipa (known as the "father of classical ballet”) and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Even today, The Sleeping Beauty is regarded as the epitome of classical ballet.

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