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Children’s Ballet Introduces Tale Through Music, Dance


For Immediate Release


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2013) – As part of its series for families, Nashville Ballet presents The Singing Tortoise, based on a West African folk tale and designed specifically to expose children to dance and music.

“Staging fun, engaging ballets like The Singing Tortoise offers children a chance to learn about the relationship between movement and music while inspiring them to use art as a form of expression,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said.

Through dance, music and narration, The Singing Tortoise teaches children the value of keeping their word and respecting others. In this children’s ballet, a hunter named Ama meets a magical singing tortoise in the forest. Ama promises not to tell anyone about the tortoise’s talent, but breaks his word and suffers the consequences.

Following the performance, children of all ages are invited to participate in an interactive demonstration from their seats.

The Singing Tortoisewas the first original children’s ballet that was created through a continuing partnership between Nashville Ballet and Belmont University. Vasterling created choreography to accompany an original music composition from Todd London, adjunct instructor at Belmont University’s School of Music. The two organizations debuted the piece to the community in 1998, but this year’s performance will included an expanded cast and new sets.

An American Sign Language interpreter from Bridges will be available at the performance to translate the narration for individuals with hearing impairments.

The Singing Tortoise will be held at TPAC’s Polk Theater Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Ticket Information
Tickets to The Singing Tortoise are currently on sale to the public for $23 (adults) and $16 (children 12 and under). Tickets can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or online. Season tickets that offer up to 25% discount for adults and 50% discount for children are available at www.nashvilleballet.com or by calling (615) 297-2966 x10.

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 25,000 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 and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Funding from the Ingram Charitable Trust supports the presentation of The Nashville Symphony at most performances. Additional funding is also provided by The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, SunTrust, ELAN Hair / ELAN Skin, the National Endowment for the Arts, Caterpillar Financial, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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