Nashville Ballet’s Curriculum - Based Education Initiative
Nashville Ballet brings innovative educational dance programming to Pre-K and Kindergarten students across Middle Tennessee. Working to achieve our mission to develop and cultivate audiences with a lifelong appreciation for the essential and inspiring art of dance, we offer a variety of educational programming that uniquely integrates arts education with core academic subjects including language arts, math, science and social studies.

Utilizing standards-based dance education workbooks, interactive teacher resources, movement exercises and activities taught by our professional teaching artists, we assist educators in helping students of all ages strengthen their academic performance while increasing their awareness, knowledge and utilization of dance and the arts.

All outreach programs can offer an arts integration experience and feature an engaging interactive demonstration component that is tailored to the age of the scheduled audience. Programs are available September through July.

Ballet Beginnings – Storytime Events for Pre-K and Kindergarten Audiences
Ballet Beginnings offers an interactive learning program designed to be a great introduction to the art form of ballet for children ages 3 to 6. A Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist tells a ballet story and teaches a short dance. Using a series of age appropriate exercises, the Teaching Artist also teaches the audience members a variety of fun jumps, turns and poses accompanied by music from the ballet story. This 40-45 minute event can accommodate a group of up to 150 children.

Ballet Beginnings Storytimes on tour for Pre-K and Kindergarten audiences

Swan Lake
Storytime with Teaching Artist

May 10, 2018 - September 20, 2018
In this quintessential ballet, set to music composed by the great Tchaikovsky, a prince falls in love with a swan maiden whom he discovers is more woman than swan. Only he can break the spell cast by the evil sorcerer to turn the swan maiden into her true form of a woman. This interactive story time introduces children to the ballet language of pantomime, dance styles from countries around the world and how various styles of the music can influence the story.

HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina
Storytime with Teaching Artist

May 10, 2018 - November 20, 2018, January 7, 2019 - May 3, 2019
Based on the lighthearted children’s book of the same name by Pamela Duncan Edwards, this interactive story engages all ages with a humorous tale about a ballet-smitten swan who has an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas who, in Mimi's mind, are simply pretending to be her!

NEW! Little Cloud
Storytime with Teaching Artist
May 10, 2018 - November 20, 2018, January 7, 2019 - May 3, 2019
Based on the book "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle, this program introduces students to the joy and boundless possibilities of movement.  Guided by a Teaching Artist, students will learn how to create shapes and carve out space with their bodies.

Nashville's Nutcracker
Storytime with Teaching Artist
Available November 5-20, 2018

Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. This special holiday tradition introduces young audiences to Nashville Ballet's unique version of the traditional story by taking them on a short trip through the Land of the Sweets.

Appearances at Local Schools to Celebrate Literacy
Dancers, instructors and staff members of Nashville Ballet will travel to local schools during Literacy Celebrations to read stories and perform storytime events for students. Contact your school to inquire about our participation or book an appearance with our Outreach Coordinator at outreach@nashvilleballet.com or by calling (615) 297-2966 ext. 111.