We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee presenting 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 60,000 adults and children annually through performances and our Outreach & Education programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.
Nashville Ballet is committed to providing diverse arts programming and opportunities within an equally diverse community through our season performances, comprehensive Outreach & Education programs, and School of Nashville Ballet.
Nashville Ballet has a budget of approximately $4.1 million that is supported by ticket sales and charitable contributions. What many people don't know is that ticket sales cover part of Nashville Ballet's operating costs. The remaining revenue must be raised from charitable contributions, making every donation truly significant. As Nashville Ballet continues to strive to be the best ballet company and school in the region, consistent support from the community is essential for the following:
1) Annual General Operations: funds that are unrestricted and used to support Nashville Ballet's mission-related activities.
2) School of Nashville Ballet: students depend on the school to provide the finest teachers, state-of-the-art studios and scholarships every year
3) Outreach & Education: Over 30,000 people participate in our Community Programs annually from school children, teachers and Middle Tennessee families to fellow artists, volunteers, children hospitals and the general public.Each year, Nashville Ballet donates 2,500 performance tickets to local nonprofit service organizations.
5) Facility Expansion: enhancement and expansion of physical facilities including more dance studios, upgraded administrative space
Under the administrative leadership of the Board of Directors, Nashville Ballet is a fiscally sound organization. We own our own facility and hold enormous pride in our history of working within a balanced budget. Board members support Nashville Ballet in a variety of ways: through generous donations to the Annual Fund, performance series subscriptions, Ballet Ball attendance, sponsorship and advocacy on behalf of the organization. Nashville Ballet, as a whole, has made a concerted effort to more thoroughly engage the Board through the use of active committees, giving members the opportunity to become truly invested in both our successes and our challenges. Like any arts organization, Nashville Ballet is challenged to increase its audiences and donors, and we continue to make great progress, aligning our development and marketing efforts towards the goals of the organization's strategic plan. We have also put an emphasis on quickly relating our accomplishments and good news to the public through our website, email marketing and various social media outlets, which has resulted in an increase in subscribers, ticket sales, new donors, grant awards from The Shubert Foundation and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
It is certainly an exciting time to be President of the Board and I am thrilled to lead Nashville Ballet into this next phase of growth!
Nashville Ballet is firmly committed to the cultural well-being of metropolitan Nashville and is accomplishing this goal with unprecedented success. As the only professional resident ballet company in Middle Tennessee, our vision is for Nashville Ballet to be recognized internationally as an artistically excellent center of dance that is innovative, influential and financially strong. Our purpose has three primary areas of focus: to create and present outstanding works of art that inspire, transform and lift the human spirit; to provide the highest standards in training with School of Nashville Ballet; and to create a love of dance and the arts in the community through performances and engaging educational outreach.
First and foremost, Nashville Ballet is a performing arts company whose artists, dancers, and teachers reside in Nashville throughout the year. The main company presents a season repertoire of five full-scale productions, as well as two family friendly, children’s ballets. We are committed to presenting new, innovative dance and classical ballets performed in collaboration with some of Nashville's finest musicians, composers, and designers.
Secondly, we strive to provide the highest level of professional and recreational dance training in the community. The elite faculty and staff of our School of Nashville Ballet provide world-class instruction for students of all abilities. Programs offered include Children’s Programs (ages 2-5), training for students who are interested in pursuing a professional dance career, as well as a wide range of dance classes for anyone over the age of 13, promoting healthy, active lifestyles, regardless of skill level.
The third facet of Nashville Ballet’s mission is our Outreach & Education programs, which bring dance to children and families in Middle Tennessee through original, interactive children's ballets and arts education programs. These programs can be integrated into school curriculum and adjusted for audiences of all ages. Through the generosity of multiple individuals, foundations and businesses throughout Nashville, we have significantly increased the geographic range and scope of Outreach & Education offerings in schools, community centers and libraries across 15 area counties, reaching nearly 30,000 children and families each year. The passion and artistry of Nashville Ballet is stronger than ever as we continue to foster a love of dance and the arts in Nashville and beyond.
presents five productions at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center each season. The 2013-2014 season began with the premier of Peter Pan. Nashville’s
Nutcracker followed in December with an increased schedule of 12
February series titled Attitude featured works by choreographers Brian Enos, Paul Vasterling and Chris Stuart. The April series is a bill of three ballets: Serenade, Petit Mort by Jiří Kylián, and a world premiere ballet by Paul Vasterling featuring an original score by Ben Folds, co-commissioned with The Nashville Symphony and The Minnesota Orchestra. The TPAC family performance in February was Tennessee Jack and the Kudzu Vine, and at our in-studio theater at The Martin Center, families can enjoy Carnival of the Animals in May 2014.Our season now concludes with Emergence: The Studio Series performed at The Martin Center which features up and coming choreographers.
An intrinsic part of Nashville Ballet’s mission is our commitment to the community through our Outreach & Education program. These programs expose children, teens and adults to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of dance by providing unique performances that cultivate an interest in the art of dance. Through Outreach & Education, we are able to reach nearly 30,000 children and adults by taking dancers, music and sets into schools, libraries and community centers throughout 15 Middle Tennessee counties. Each of our school curriculum-based programs (for children pre-school all the way through high school) meet many of the developmental and academic standards set forth by the state of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) system and are designed to appeal to various learning styles and needs of all ages. Our Family and Community Programs introduce audiences to the art of dance at public performances and help us develop and cultivate educated viewers with a passion and appreciation for the arts. These programs provide a unique, intimate and educational experience for everyone in attendance. A few of our Outreach & Education community partnerships include the Metro Nashville Public Library, Metro Parks and Recreation and the Metro Public Schools.
As an integral part of Nashville
Ballet, School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality dance
training for students of all ages and experience levels. Under the direction of
Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, qualified faculty provide
a comprehensive dance education that is both challenging and
rewarding. Every student is individually nurtured with expertise and
sensitivity to ensure progress according to ability and interest. Operating out
of two campuses, School of Nashville Ballet has an enrollment of 1,000+
annually and provides a variety of training and recreational programs:
Children’s Program (ages 2-5), Academy (ages 6-18), Community Division
(ages 13+) and Professional Training Division (ages 16+). There are also
various opportunities for students to perform on stage with Nashville Ballet’s
main company each season. During Nashville’s Nutcracker alone,
almost 175 youth from Nashville and the surrounding area were cast to perform
during the holiday performances.
School of Nashville Ballet also offers a nationally recognized Summer Intensive program. This 7-week training camp provides extensive instruction for serious dancers from all over the world. Students are invited to the program after an audition process, and, once at Nashville Ballet’s facilities, participate in a variety of classes for approximately 6-8 hours each day. The Summer Intensive curriculum is designed to strengthen the dancer’s technique and explore their full potential in a supportive environment. The goal of this program is to prepare students for a long-term career in dance, whether with Nashville Ballet or with other organizations. Through an ongoing partnership with Belmont University, most students participating in the Summer Intensive stay in the Belmont residence halls while living in and exploring Nashville.
Nashville Ballet’s Holiday Magic program provides an opportunity for Middle Tennessee’s at-risk and challenged youth and families to experience Nashville's Nutcracker at no charge. Nashville Ballet invites nearly 2,500 guests affiliated with local social service agencies to participate in this program each year. The goal of Holiday Magic is to offer these individuals the experience of a live ballet performance and to introduce them to the magic and wonder of live music, ballet and Nashville’s Nutcracker. In most cases, children attending Holiday Magic have never seen and would not normally have the opportunity to experience a professionally staged production or a live symphony performance. Nashville Ballet partners with more than 50 social service agencies to provide these tickets and welcome families to Nashville’s Nutcracker. Through Holiday Magic, we hope to inspire future artists and patrons of the arts through this time honored holiday classic. We believe that by introducing underserved youth in our community to the arts we contribute to the long-term strength of our artistic community.
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