Nashville Ballet will celebrate National Dance Day for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, July 29 by offering free sample classes and choreography provided by the Fox hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).

The day will feature a sample of Nashville Ballet's regularly programmed Community Division Adult Classes (ages 18+) and Community Division Youth Classes (ages 8-18), but all ages are encouraged to participate on July 29 in honor of this annual nationwide celebration of dance. National Dance Day will take place at Nashville Ballet’s Nashville location (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209).

The National Dance Day schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
DANCEFIX (high-energy, adult dance workout class) OR
Adult Introduction to Ballet

11 a.m. - noon
Adult Contemporary OR
Youth Hip Hop

Noon - 1 p.m.
SYTYCD choreography

“National Dance Day gives us the opportunity to open our doors and offer the community a place to come together in a fun, no pressure environment and just express themselves through movement,” Nick Mullikin, Director of School of Nashville Ballet, said. “Not only can we celebrate the day with people who know us, but it also allows us to introduce ourselves to community members who may not have realized that Nashville Ballet offers dance classes for all ages and experience levels throughout the year.”

Attendees will receive an exclusive 50% off discount on Nashville Ballet’s Community Division Adult class packages. Adult classes are offered on a rolling basis all year at locations in both Nashville and Brentwood. Class packages can be used on any of its adult offerings, including DANCEFIX, ballet and contemporary (all of which will be offered on National Dance Day).

“This year’s National Dance Day marks the one-year anniversary of introducing DANCEFIX to Nashville Ballet from founder Heather Britt at Cincinnati Ballet,” Mullikin said. “It blends high-energy fitness with artistic expression in such a positive, welcoming atmosphere like I’ve never seen before. We’ve developed a loyal following since launching it, and National Dance Day is the perfect time to open it up to the community and welcome even more participants.”

National Dance Day offers a preview of regularly programmed School of Nashville Ballet classes. Adult classes are offered all year, and classes for ages 2-18 of all experience levels begin Monday, August 14. Click here for more information about School of Nashville Ballet.

No registration is required for National Dance Day; drop-ins welcome. Participation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Launched in 2010 by SYTYCD co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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 Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement 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 Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The HCA Foundation, Ingram Charitable Fund, Inc., The Mall at Green Hills, The Memorial Foundation, New York Choreographic Institute, Publix Super Market Charities, The Shubert Foundation, SunTrust Bank, other community partners and hundreds of generous individuals who provide ongoing annual support.

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