Nashville Ballet will bring the story of world-renowned sculptor Edgar Degas and his artistic muse, aspiring young ballerina Marie van Goethen, vividly to life in Degas + The Little Dancer for seven performances May 8-22, 2016, at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Laurence Anholt, Degas + The Little Dancer follows the story of young Marie, who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, but cannot afford to take dance lessons. She gives up her dreams to support her family as an artist’s model and, in an ironic turn of events, becomes one of the most famous dancers in the world as the subject of French artist Degas’ bronze statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.

“It’s at the heart of our mission to bring artistic, cultural and educational programming to younger audiences to cultivate a relationship with the arts,” Sharyn Mahoney, Nashville Ballet Director of Artistic Operations, said. “Degas + The Little Dancer is a charming story about the relationship between an ill-tempered artist and young girl who, in the end, help each other in unexpected ways.”

Last presented in fall 2013, the 30-minute ballet features original choreography by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, music by David Bridges (commissioned by Nashville Ballet and Belmont University), Impressionist-inspired scenery and costumes by Eric Harris, and narration. The performance will be followed by a 15-minute interactive and educational activity that relates to the story.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for Degas-inspired arts and crafts, a fun photo booth and more. Prior to the Sunday, May 15 performance, Nashville Ballet will host a reception with local artist Aaron Grayum at 1 p.m. Grayum’s new show, Just Dance, is on display in Nashville Ballet’s building though July 2016. The reception will include a meet and greet with the artist and light refreshments. Plus, the Parnassus bookmobile will be on-site for the May 15-22 performances.

Degas + The Little Dancer is sponsored by Nashville Parent. Tickets are only $12 for children 12 & under and $18 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville. Visit Nashville Ballet’s website for the full performance schedule and more information.

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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