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.
In addition to imparting a little wisdom to little ones, Family Day at the Ballet boasts a captivating Swan Lake story time, movement activities led by esteemed School of Nashville Ballet faculty member Shabaz Ujima, an interactive obstacle course and tons of fun. Young ballet connoisseurs can create dance-themed arts and crafts and Parnassus Book’s bookmobile will be onsite. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early or stay late to take part in all that Nashville Ballet offers with just one ticket.
“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. “With Family Day at the Ballet, we’re really focused on creating a highly inclusive opportunity for all family members to see the countless benefits that artistic endeavors can have on young children not only in terms of physicality, but also in increased intelligence and social skills.”
Nashville Parent is the media sponsor for Family Day at the Ballet. 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 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 70,000 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. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.
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