Nashville's Nutcracker Youth Cast Auditions
Aug
18
to Sep 8

Nashville's Nutcracker Youth Cast Auditions

Sunday, August 18
Sunday, August 25
Sunday, September 8
Audition times are determined by age group.

Join Nashville Ballet on stage! A beloved holiday tradition, Nashville’s Nutcracker features approximately 300 youth cast members from School of Nashville Ballet and the surrounding community dancing alongside the professional artists in Nashville Ballet’s Company, as well as the Nashville Symphony.

Children must be 8 years old by December 31, 2019 to audition. Auditions are open to the community—no dance experience required! Children ages 12 and up must be students enrolled in School of Nashville Ballet.

Learn more and preregister!

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MASTER CLASS IN STAGE COMBAT WITH TIM KLOTZ
Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

MASTER CLASS IN STAGE COMBAT WITH TIM KLOTZ

Join Fight Director Tim Klotz for an introductory stage combat class at Nashville Ballet. While the London-based industry expert is in Music City to set the action-packed fight scenes the Company will perform in Romeo and Juliet, you can work with him, too.

Internationally known for his work with Shakespeare’s Globe, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Festival Hall, Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke, Comedy Theatre London, and BBC, among others, Klotz brings a cutting-edge approach to acting and fight scenes. He is a British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) Certified Instructor and creates fights for theatre, ballet, opera, film, video games and television.

Tim collaborated with Nashville Ballet's Artistic Director Paul Vasterling to choreograph fight scenes for Romeo and Juliet. During the month of August, Tim will be back to help set the fight scenes with the Company Dancers for September's performances of Romeo and Juliet.

This master class gives students the opportunity to learn how actors and dancers make fights look realistic while on stage and on screen with challenging and dynamic instruction focused not only on combat, but also on the acting aspects necessary to make a stage fight successful!

For only $20, students will learn basic moves to create a lifelike fight scene and will receive an invitation to watch Klotz’s work unfold during an exclusive Romeo and Juliet rehearsal viewing. No dance or stage combat experience necessary!

This master class is for ages 15 and up and space is limited. If the class is full, please join the wait list as another class may be added.

Not quite ready for combat? No problem! You can observe the class for only $5.



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WOMEN ONLY! MASTER CLASS IN STAGE COMBAT WITH TIM KLOTZ
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

WOMEN ONLY! MASTER CLASS IN STAGE COMBAT WITH TIM KLOTZ

Join Fight Director Tim Klotz for an introductory stage combat class at Nashville Ballet. While the London-based industry expert is in Music City to set the action-packed fight scenes the Company will perform in Romeo and Juliet, you can work with him, too.*

Internationally known for his work with Shakespeare’s Globe, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Festival Hall, Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke, Comedy Theatre London, and BBC, among others, Klotz brings a cutting-edge approach to acting and fight scenes. He is a British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) Certified Instructor and creates fights for theatre, ballet, opera, film, video games and television.

Tim collaborated with Nashville Ballet's Artistic Director Paul Vasterling to choreograph fight scenes for Romeo and Juliet. During the month of August, Tim will be back to help set the fight scenes with the Company Dancers for September's performances of Romeo and Juliet.

This masterclass gives students the opportunity to learn how actors and dancers make fights look realistic while on stage and on screen with challenging and dynamic instruction focused not only on combat, but also on the acting aspects necessary to make a stage fight successful!

For only $20, students will learn basic moves to create a lifelike fight scene and will receive an invitation to watch Klotz’s work unfold during an exclusive Romeo and Juliet rehearsal viewing. No dance or stage combat experience necessary!

This master class is for ages 15 and up and space is limited. If the class is full, please join the wait list as another class may be added.

*Registration for this class is only open to women.

Not quite ready for combat? No problem! You can observe the class for only $5.

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Romeo and Juliet
Sep
20
to Sep 22

Romeo and Juliet

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers return to the stage to open Nashville Ballet’s season. The most iconic love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet sweeps audiences away in a whirlwind of forbidden passion and swoon-worthy romance. Featuring action-packed fight scenes and lush period costumes, this timeless and theatrical production whisks audiences to the streets of fair Verona as the Bard’s famous tragedy unfolds.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

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A Streetcar Named Desire
Nov
1
to Nov 3

A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nashville Ballet brings an award-winning production stateside. Sumptuous and sultry, the balletic adaptation of this Tennessee Williams classic brings aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’s devastating demise centerstage in a beguiling performance meant to mesmerize.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

Photo courtesy of Scottish Ballet (2015)

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Nashville's Nutcracker
Dec
7
to Dec 23

Nashville's Nutcracker

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season and a harbinger of what is still to come during this most wonderful time of the year.” – Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World (2018)

Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with Music City’s favorite holiday tradition – Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to delight both the young and young-at-heart. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland.

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Attitude: Other Voices
Feb
14
to Feb 16

Attitude: Other Voices

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A collection of choreographers known for pushing the envelope explore gender identity and stereotypes in a series of groundbreaking new works. These artists take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected as they reflect on what it means to be a man or woman, how gender affects one’s existence and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

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Modern Masters
Apr
24
to Apr 26

Modern Masters

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A little bit ballet, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll – Christopher Bruce’s Rooster brings a haughty edge and rock star rebellion to the ballet with eight exhilarating numbers set to the iconic music of the Rolling Stones. This buffet of artistry also boasts works by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Nashville Ballet’s artistic director, Paul Vasterling.

Learn more and purchase tickets.

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Academy and Young Men's Scholarship Program Auditions
Aug
3
9:30 AM09:30

Academy and Young Men's Scholarship Program Auditions

Audition for placement in Nashville Ballet’s Academy Division or Young Men’s Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ladies (Ages 8-18)
Young Men’s Scholarship Program (Ages 6-18)
9:30-10 a.m. Registration
10-11:30 a.m. Audition

Preregister to save your spot.

Questions? Please contact School of Nashville Ballet at 615-297-2966 x910 or school@nashvilleballet.com.

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An Evening with NB2
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with NB2

Witness Nashville Ballet's next generation of stars on stage. This mixed rep program boasts classical works as well as numerous contemporary works created specifically for Nashville Ballet’s second company in an invigorating display of artistry.

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Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive students should purchase here to sit with the group.

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Carmina Burana
May
31
to Jun 3

Carmina Burana

  • The Schermerhorn Symphony Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience Carmina Burana as never before in this multimedia sensation featuring updated choreography from Nashville Ballet and an original film that will bring this bawdy medieval text vividly to life. With its epic score for full orchestra, adult chorus and children’s chorus, Carmina Burana is a feast for the senses, and this is your chance to witness the debut of Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony’s exciting new production.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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Future Artists Showcase 2019
May
17
to May 18

Future Artists Showcase 2019

  • Nashville Ballet Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Ballet’s annual Future Artists Showcase features the talents of Professional Training Division students and NB2 company members.

Nashville Ballet suggests a donation of $10 per ticket. You are free to make a donation of any amount, and you may do so in the ticket reservation form. As Nashville Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, any contributions are tax-deductible.

Learn more and reserve tickets.

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Academy Showcase 2019
May
10
to May 11

Academy Showcase 2019

  • Nashville Ballet Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Ballet’s annual Academy Showcase features students from Academy Levels 5-7.

Nashville Ballet suggests a donation of $10 per ticket. You are free to make a donation of any amount and may do so in the ticket reservation form. As Nashville Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, any contributions are tax-deductible.

Learn more and reserve tickets.

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FREE: Degas & the Little Dancer
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

FREE: Degas & the Little Dancer

Performances at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
No reservations necessary.

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.

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Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet

Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters series showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project: Concerto makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax—the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn
Apr
9
to Apr 18

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn

$40 FOR FOUR-CLASS SERIES
$15 FOR SINGLE CLASS

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants behind-the-scenes of this season’s Modern Masters series. Each class will focus on a different aspect of the production and includes a rehearsal viewing followed by an engaging discussion. Enroll now.

Lecture Schedule:
Tuesday, April 9, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Artistic Director Paul Vasterling
Thursday, April 11, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Duo Concertant pianist Alessandra Volpi
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guests: The Lottery choreographer Val Caniparoli and stager Maiqui Manosa
Thursday, April 18, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Duo Concertant stager Victoria Simon

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Academy Auditions
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Academy Auditions

Audition for placement in Nashville Ballet’s Academy Division or Young Men’s Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ladies (Ages 8-18)
1-1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-3 p.m. Audition

Young Men’s Scholarship Program (Ages 6-18)
2:30-3 p.m. Registration
3-4 p.m. Audition

Click here to RSVP.

Questions? Please contact School of Nashville Ballet at (615) 297-2966 x910 or school@nashvilleballet.com.

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FREE: 72 Steps in Murfreesboro
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

FREE: 72 Steps in Murfreesboro

Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their "Perfect 36 Sponsors,” Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it.

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket necessary. Please direct questions to lwvtenn@gmail.com.

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Family Day at the Ballet
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Family Day at the Ballet

At Nashville Ballet, every day is full of magic! Family Day at the Ballet invites the entire family to spend an engaging afternoon in Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary world. The day brings children’s book favorites to life with a wildly entertaining performance of Degas and the Little Dancer and a Dragons Love Tacos storytime. Interactive movement activities give little ones a chance to show off their moves, while arts and crafts allow kiddos to unleash their creative side.

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Lucy Negro Redux On Tour
Mar
20
to Mar 21

Lucy Negro Redux On Tour

Lucy Negro Redux heads to Knoxville for two special performances:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre | Big Ears Festival Performance
BUY BIG EARS FESTIVAL TICKETS

Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady” for whom many of his famed sonnets were written.

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DEMATERIALIZATION at the Frist
Mar
9
1:30 PM13:30

DEMATERIALIZATION at the Frist

FREE EVENT
Performances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Members of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company, will perform a pas de deux created by Christopher Stuart, Nashville Ballet’s resident choreographer at the Frist Art Museum. Spend time with the Claudio Parmiggiani exhibition before and after the performance with museum admission; the Frist offers docent-guided tours almost every day at 1:30 p.m. (no reservation required).

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FREE DANCE ME A STORY: Degas and the Little Dancer
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

FREE DANCE ME A STORY: Degas and the Little Dancer

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.

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Sensory Friendly Performance: Jump, Frog, Jump
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Sensory Friendly Performance: Jump, Frog, Jump

FREE EVENT

Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Robert Kalan, this exciting tale of a frog and friends retraces from the beginning each time a new character is added: "This is the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog that was under the fly that climbed out of the water- How did the frog get away? Jump Frog Jump!"  This energetic and humorous ballet is completely narrated and incorporates children from the audience as they instruct the frog to jump for his safety! The repetitive dialogue of the story helps to build important memory skills, while the art of dance, drama and visual art "bring science to life" with lessons on bugs, reptiles and other pond creatures.

This Sensory Friendly performance is designed to create an inclusive and welcoming experience for all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities with sensitivity concerns.

Reservations are encouraged due to limited capacity. RSVP and learn more.

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Jump, Frog, Jump at Plaza Mariachi
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Jump, Frog, Jump at Plaza Mariachi

FREE EVENT

Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Robert Kalan, this exciting tale of a frog and friends retraces from the beginning each time a new character is added: "This is the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog that was under the fly that climbed out of the water- How did the frog get away? Jump Frog Jump!"  This energetic and humorous ballet is completely narrated and incorporates children from the audience as they instruct the frog to jump for his safety! The repetitive dialogue of the story helps to build important memory skills, while the art of dance, drama and visual art "bring science to life" with lessons on bugs, reptiles and other pond creatures.

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World Premiere: Lucy Negro Redux
Feb
8
to Feb 10

World Premiere: Lucy Negro Redux

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.
TPAC’s Polk Theater (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)

TICKETS START AT $30

Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady” for whom many of his famed sonnets were written. Purchase tickets.

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First Call
Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

First Call

You are invited to First Call, our fundraiser benefiting Friends of Nashville Ballet. Join us for this pre-performance cocktail party featuring delicious cocktails, light bites and an exciting silent auction. First Call guests are encouraged to continue the evening at the 7:30 p.m. performance of Lucy Negro ReduxFriends of Nashville Ballet members receive discounted pricing. This is a 21+ event.

Purchase tickets.

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Interactive Media Opening
Feb
2
11:40 AM11:40

Interactive Media Opening

Performances at 11:40 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Attend the Adventure Science Center’s opening of Interactive Media for a special performance by artists of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company.

About Interactive Media
Step into a world where technology and the real world join together in an immersive environment. In this creative, digital space, you can interact and control the world around you with different games and interactive art pieces.

Learn more.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 4
Jan
31
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 4

Admission $15

Special guest: Doug Fitch, Production Designer

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 3
Jan
29
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 3

Admission $15

Special Guest: Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux
Jan
22
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux

$40 FOR FOUR-CLASS SERIES
$15 FOR SINGLE CLASS

Special guest: Caroline Randall Williams, Author of Lucy Negro Redux

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Lucy Negro Redux: Reimagining the Dark Lady
Jan
21
5:00 PM17:00

Lucy Negro Redux: Reimagining the Dark Lady

FREE EVENT

Join the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Nashville Ballet for a panel discussion and rehearsal viewing of Lucy Negro Redux. Panelists include NMAAM curator Dr. Steven Lewis, Nashville Ballet artistic director and ballet choreographer Paul Vasterling, co-composer Francesco Turrisi, and Grammy Award-winning lead singer of country and blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens. WMOT senior producer Craig Havighurst will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will discuss themes from the performance, including equity, beauty and otherness.

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Lucy Negro Redux: Exploring Otherness
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lucy Negro Redux: Exploring Otherness

Thursday, January 10, 2019
6-7 p.m.
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)

FREE EVENT

Moderated by Tennessee Human Rights Commission Executive Director Beverly Watts, this conversation in connection with the world premiere of Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's Lucy Negro Redux will explore concepts such as otherness and belonging as they apply to the ballet and society. Panelists include Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, author of the book Lucy Negro, Redux, Caroline Randall Williams and leaders of the social justice movement in the Nashville community.  

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