Family & Community Programs
Through public and private funding, the community engagement 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.
Nashville Ballet offers entertaining, informative and interactive family programming and activities throughout Middle Tennessee—many free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of public and private donations, Nashville Ballet is able to reach over 42,000 children, teens and adults through our family and community programs. Each year, we strive to cultivate unique community partnerships with educational institutions, arts venues and social service organizations across the state in order to provide the highest degree of dance education in our community.
Not from Nashville? Each of the programs listed below is also available to tour to your community!
Performances at the Nashville Public Library and Branch Libraries
Check the Nashville Public Library Calendar for dates when we will host free performances of our touring ballets. We also host storytime events at Metro Nashville local branch libraries throughout the season. Contact your local library to see when a performance is headed to your branch!
Thanks to generous donor support, Nashville Ballet is able to distribute free Nashville’s Nutcracker tickets to social service agencies serving economically underprivileged populations each winter. Contact our Outreach Coordinator in November for the December performances of Nashville's Nutcracker.
A “Head Start” On Dance – Performances for Pre-K and Kindergarten Audiences
Nashville Ballet partners with the Metro Arts Commission in Middle Tennessee to expose all Headstart Center children to a live performance and ballet experience annually. Headstart students who are 3 years old have an opportunity to experience a storytime event at their Center location; 4-year-old Headstart students take an exciting field trip to the Nashville Ballet studios where company dancers take class, rehearse and perform to experience the exciting children’s ballet Jump, Frog, Jump.
Jump, Frog, Jump
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.
Belmont University Community Children’s Ballet -- Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Ballet partners with Belmont University annually to host a free community performance in Massey Concert Hall each January. Our children’s ballets feature original scores composed by Belmont University School of Music faculty and offer Belmont students an opportunity to perform original works and gain experience working with dancers for a live performance. Bring your young ones out for this 30 minute performance that features an interactive demonstration giving children an opportunity to learn movement and dance with Nashville Ballet dancers!
Nashville Ballet collects children’s books at this event for Book ‘Em in Nashville. Bring your donations to our collection bins when you come to the ballet!
Connecting with Colleges — Touring Program for college audiences
In collaboration with various colleges and universities throughout Middle Tennessee, Nashville Ballet reaches college audiences through a variety of professional educational experiences and events. Events include but are not limited to:
• In-depth educational discussions and presentations with Nashville Ballet artistic staff
• Providing students who book group sales "up close and personal" glimpses of an actual company rehearsal in progress
• Educational studio tours