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Outreach & Education


Nashville Ballet strives to promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community with wide-reaching and innovative educational dance programming for schools, businesses and community groups throughout Middle Tennessee.


Through public and private funding, the Outreach & Education initiative of Nashville Ballet strives to expose children, teens and adults to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of dance by providing unique dance experiences that cultivate an interest in the art form of ballet.

Each of our school curriculum-based programs meet many of the developmental and academic standards set forth by the state of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) system and is designed to appeal to the various learning styles and needs of all ages.

School and Touring Programs

Nashville Ballet makes it part of our mission to permeate the city and surrounding communities with live dance experiences through our school and touring programs:

  • Storytime Events – dressed in full costume, a ballerina tells a ballet story and performs a short classical variation for children ages 3 – 6. 
  • Elementary School Student Programs – narrative, full-length children’s ballet programming that promotes overall academic achievement and character development through a holistic approach to arts education.
  • Middle School Student Programs – dance performances and interactive activities that expose older students to more in-depth ballet concepts such as abstract ballet and contemporary movement.
  • High School Student Programs – completes the overall dance education learning cycle, enabling high school students to build upon the concepts learned in earlier ballet programming.

Family and Community Programs

Our Family and Community Programs introduce audiences to the art of dance at public performances and help us achieve our mission to develop and cultivate educated viewers with a love and appreciation for the art form. These programs provide opportunities to enjoy an intimate, educational experience with our artists:

  • A “Head Start” On Dance – An interactive full length children’s ballet designed specifically for Pre-K through kindergarten audiences.
  • Holiday Magic – offering free tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker to social service agencies serving economically underprivileged populations.