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About the Young Men’s Scholarship Program

Male and female dancers require different skills to perform different roles, so why should their training all be the same? Nashville Ballet’s Young Men’s Scholarship Program offers specialized training for young men, tailored to their unique needs and taught by men. Working together, male dancers push themselves and each other in a supportive environment that centers on athleticism, strength, camaraderie and discipline.

The curriculum mirrors elements of the Academy Division, but with a special emphasis on developing specific male technique and addressing the unique challenges that face young men. Students will not only grow into confident young artists inside the studio, but strong men of character outside the studio as they learn respect, self-expression and team-building skills.


NEW! - Young Men's Intensive - JULY 16-20, 2018

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We are thrilled to announce our first-ever Young Men's Intensive! This week-long program will focus on young male dancers ages 6+ and is designed to develop male-specific technique, strength and camaraderie in a supportive environment.  Open to both School of Nashville Ballet students and the community.

School of Nashville Ballet Nashville Campus
3630 Redmon Street
Nashville, TN 37209

YOUNG MEN'S INTENSIVE - LEVEL I

Prerequisites: Previous ballet training recommended.

Pricing: $100 (Full week enrollment) / $25 (drop-in rate)

YOUNG MEN'S INTENSIVE - LEVEL II

Prerequisites: School of Nashville Ballet students must have completed at least one year of YMSP Level 2. Outside students must have 2-4 years of ballet training.

Pricing: $150 (Full week enrollment) / $35 (drop-in rate)

Dress Code: Black tights and/or athletic shorts, black ballet shoes (socks are appropriate if you do not own shoes) and white t-shirt (no logos, please!)


In the news

"Let's Hear it for the Boys: Why More Schools are Offering Men's Training Programs" by Joseph Carman, Pointe Magazine (June 2017)

"ArtSmart: Nashville Ballet: Artistry and Athleticism" by DeeGee Lester, Nashville Arts Magazine (October 2016)

"School of Nashville Ballet Launches New Young Men's Program" by Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean (September 2016)

"Nashville Ballet Launches Men's Scholarship Program" by Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine (July 2016)


Young Men's Scholarship program leadership & faculty

  Nick Mullikin  Associate Artistic Director

Nick Mullikin
Associate Artistic Director

  Jon Upleger  Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer   

Jon Upleger
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

 

  Judson Veach  Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

Judson Veach
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

  Gerald Watson  Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

Gerald Watson
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer


Enrollment & Registration Information

2018-2019 School Year:
Fall Semester Classes: August 20 - December 15, 2018
Spring Semester Classes: January 14 - May 4, 2019

Enrollment is offered on an annual basis. All students receive one full academic year of tuition-FREE training, followed by merit-based scholarships.

Questions? Contact us at (615) 297-2966 x910 or school@nashvilleballet.com.

Level 1: recommended experience 1-2 years
Meets twice a week

  • Learn ballet basics (no barre work)
  • Build core strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Use teamwork to explore concepts of movement and space
  • Focus on information retention

LEVEL 2: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 2-4 YEARS
MEETS TWICE A WEEK

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Begin barre work and introduce advanced movement across the floor
  • Develop ballet vocabulary, musicality, balance, spatial awareness and full-body coordination
  • Implement male-specific jumps and turns
  • Incorporate variation elements

LEVEL 3: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS
MEETS THREE TIMES A WEEK

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Progress to full barre work with increased emphasis on control, coordination and balance
  • Introduce more advanced male-specific jumps and turns with a focus on artistry
  • Develop strong musicality and rhythm
  • Introduce partnering skills
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LEVEL 4: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS
MEETS FOUR TIMES A WEEK

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Expand on male-specific technique including variations, pas de deux and strength training
  • Refine technical and artistic elements of training to prepare for professional work 
  • Develop sense of personal strengths and weaknesses to accelerate growth as a male artist 

ATTIRE

Level 1

  • White T-shirt (no logos) & black cotton shorts
  • White socks
  • Bloch Dansoft full sole ballet shoes in black

Levels 2, 3 & 4

  • White fitted T-shirt (no logos)
  • Black convertible tights
  • White socks
  • Bloch Dansoft full sole ballet shoes in white
 

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Questions?

If you need additional assistance, please contact School of Nashville Ballet at (615) 297-2966 x203.