Nashville Ballet launches new program for professionals
Beginning this June 24th, Nashville Ballet will offer professional artists a unique experience for maintaining and strengthening their technique during the offseason in Nashville TN.
Nashville Ballet’s new Summer Training for Professionals (STP) program was developed by Nashville Ballet’s artistic team as a way of addressing the need for maintenance classes and workshops in the interim between seasons. STP answers this demand with an added focus on providing young professionals with an affordable way to hone their craft and advance their career.
“Each year, in between their seasons, dancers spend their summers looking for that balance of rest, maintaining and planning for next season,” said Nashville Ballet Associate Artistic Director Nick Mullikin. “Our goal with this program is to provide a space for dancers to work with great teachers and coaches, in a world-class facility, and in a city where they can really enjoy themselves, too.”
Over the course of the summer, the STP program will offer dancers the unique opportunity to gain access to and learn from some of the dance world’s leading coaches, choreographers and artistic directors. Dancers can train with Nashville Ballet’s own artistic director, and the choreographer of the critically-acclaimed Lucy Negro Redux, Paul Vasterling, as well as numerous additional teachers with impressive dance resumes from top companies like Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet, BalletX, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and more.
“We realized we have a lot to offer here, and we have the flexibility to offer each dancer exactly what they need,” said Mullikin. “Early in my career, an opportunity like this would have been incredibly valuable but a program like this didn’t exist with the flexibility that I needed; it’s really exciting for our organization to offer something new that can really help dancers gain a competitive advantage going into the next season.”
Dancers have the opportunity to attend in at least one-week increments in which they’ll gain valuable instruction during six-hour days in the studio. Attendees can work with Nashville Ballet staff to build the schedule that provides exactly what they’re looking for whether that’s spending just a week in Nashville or staying for the entire summer. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with instructors outside of the studio in an intimate setting in which they can seek career advice, insight and connections beyond their own company.
Learn more about Nashville Ballet’s Summer Training for Professionals program at www.nashvilleballet.com/summer-training.
Photo courtesy of Nashville Ballet Summer Training