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Nashville Ballet Dancer Receives Prestigious Art Fellowship



A valuable member of Nashville Ballet’s professional performance company, Mollie Sansone was recently awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), for her outstanding performance skills and talent.
Sansone is one of 17 professional artists who received an Individual Artist Fellowship, which is designed to recognize professional artists for their continued contribution to Tennessee’s culture of the arts.
Originally from North Carolina, Sansone has been with Nashville Ballet since 2004, when she joined as a member of the pre-professional second company. She joined the main company in 2006, and has since performed works by renowned choreographers such as Sarah Slipper, Robert Philander-Valentine, Salvatore Aiello, Paul Vasterling, Ann Marie DeAngelo and James Canfield. Her most recent, notable role was that of The Chosen One in Salvatore Aiello’s choreographed version of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
The award offers recipients a one-time grant of $5,000 to continue practicing their craft. Sansone joins a long list of current and former Nashville Ballet dancers who have received the fellowship.
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) serve nearly 50,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages. 
Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Ingram Charitable Trust. Additional funding is also provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.