National Dance Day: Free Classes & DANCEFIX Launch
At its sixth consecutive year celebrating National Dance Day with a free day of dance on Saturday, July 30, Nashville Ballet will offer a preview of its new fall adult class DANCEFIX, a high-energy, adult dance workout class.
Founded by Heather Britt, a professional dancer and choreographer from Cincinnati, Ohio, DANCEFIX will only be available at Nashville Ballet outside of Cincinnati. Classes feature diverse choreography, including everything from hip hop and jazz to Latin and lyrical. Each hour-long session, designed for both new and experienced dancers, includes a short warm-up, a toning session and 45 minutes of original choreography.
"DANCEFIX was created to strengthen the connection between self-expression and community-building through dance," Britt said. "We've seen an overwhelming response at Cincinnati Ballet since its introduction 10 years ago, and offering it at Nashville Ballet feels like a natural next step because of its similar mission."
DANCEFIX will be offered regularly in Nashville Ballet's Community Division for ages 18 and up of any experience level beginning after Labor Day, but all ages are encouraged to try it for free at National Dance Day to celebrate the launch. Britt will be on-site at the event to lead the classes.
"Nashville has a strong adult dance community, and we're always looking for ways that we can use our space to get people moving in a new way," Nick Mullikin, Director of School of Nashville Ballet, said. "DANCEFIX offers a welcoming, no-stress environment to try out a new movement style and get excited about dance without the intimidation."
National Dance Day will feature two back-to-back DANCEFIX classes. Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome to jump in at any time. Following DANCEFIX, all participants will have the opportunity to learn choreography provided by So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and perform as a group. The performance will be recorded and submitted to the SYTYCD website. No registration required.
The National Dance Day schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. DANCEFIX (session one)
11 a.m. - noon DANCEFIX (session two)
Noon - 1 p.m. SYTYCD choreography
Launched in 2010 by SYTYCD co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Following National Dance Day, Nashville Ballet will hold open auditions for instructors to lead its DANCEFIX classes beginning this fall. Click here for more information about National Dance Day, DANCEFIX and the audition.
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), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its 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 brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.
Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional private support provided by Ingram Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, The HCA Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Dollar General, Nashville Predators Foundation, SunTrust Bank and hundreds of generous individuals who contribute to the Annual Fund.