Studio Division Provides Same Level of Training, More Flexible Schedule

School of Nashville Ballet is debuting a brand new Studio Division this fall, offering ages 8-18 of any experience level an opportunity to train with professional instructors on a flexible schedule. Studio Division joins School of Nashville Ballet’s diverse array of dance offerings for children, teens and adults.

Studio Division classes cover a wide range of dance styles. Students can:

·         develop classical ballet technique and artistry in Ballet I, II and III and Ballet Essentials,

·         learn rhythm, coordination and “all that jazz” in Jr. Jazz and Jazz I and II,

·         express themselves to energetic, challenging movement in Hip Hop and

·         explore choreography from their favorite Broadway shows in Musical Theater.

“Studio Division is the perfect fit for children and teens who want to advance in their ballet training, but also have the time to try out for the soccer team, take singing lessons or be in the school play,” Nashville Ballet Director of Artistic Operations Sharyn Mahoney said. “The traits students develop in dance class, like confidence, self-expression and discipline, contribute to success in the other areas of their lives.”

Studio Division is welcome news for Dallas Wilt, whose daughter, Marshall, 11, has been dancing in School of Nashville Ballet for nine years. Marshall started taking classes at School of Nashville Ballet at 2 years old with Mommy & Me in the Children’s Division. She later progressed into the Academy Division, which offers a regimented curriculum for ages 8-18 who aspire to have a professional career in ballet. With middle school approaching, her daughter is unable to devote as much time to ballet training.

“Marshall, like most middle schoolers, has a busy schedule with many extracurricular activities,” Wilt said. “She wants to stay in the Nashville Ballet family to progress in her dance training, but also have the freedom and flexibility to explore other interests. Studio Division makes this possible, and I’m thrilled that the newly expanded facilities at Nashville Ballet have created the space needed for this offering.”

Studio Division provides a welcome environment for every skill level. Classes are offered at School of Nashville Ballet’s Nashville campus one or two days per week. Prices range from $290 to $500 per semester.

Additionally, School of Nashville Ballet offers a Children’s Division (ages 2-7), Academy Division (ages 8-18) and Community Division (ages 18+). Fall classes are in session now and run through Saturday, November 21, 2015. Enrollment is ongoing. For more information and to register, please visit

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Outreach & Education programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional private support provided by Ingram Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, The HCA Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Dollar General, Nashville Predators Foundation, SunTrust Bank and hundreds of generous individuals who contribute to the Annual Fund.

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