Misty Copeland’s dancing and Justin Peck’s choreography have graced stages around the world. Now, these two stars will test themselves as curators. This year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC, features their respective visions as part of the Ballet Across America program, April 17–23. During the first half of … More »
Starting last week, dancers from around the world gathered in Bulgaria for the prestigious Varna International Ballet Competition. For the first time, two Nashville Ballet dancers, Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer, have been chosen to participate. Pointe spoke with Meister before she and her partner jetted off to the competition. What’s it been like rehearsing? We have most … More »
When Nashville Ballet dancer Gerald Watson was growing up, dance classes were initially a way to keep him out of trouble. “But it turned into something much greater,” he says. Now, he and fellow company dancers Jon Upleger and Judson Veach are spearheading Nashville Ballet’s Young Men’s Scholarship Program, which provides comprehensive training for boys … More »
Nashville Ballet dancer Kayla Rowser is one organized woman—her teal Lug bag is full of compartments. “That’s why I love it,” says Rowser. “I need a pocket for every little thing so that I can easily get to the bottom of my bag during five-minute breaks.” Her sturdy duffel houses everything from a day planner … More »
Upleger as Dracula with Daniella Zlatarev and Julia Mitchell. Photo by David Bailey, Courtesy Nashville Ballet.
This is your 14th season with the company. What advice would you give to your younger self?Pace yourself. You’ll miss a lot of knowledge if you’re focused on obtaining status. Be as present as possible. When you’re just seeking the next thing, you’re not in the moment. When you’re performing roles like Odette/Odile in Swan … More »
Nashville Ballet is adding a new element to their second company this fall: a pre-professional training division for advanced dancers looking to hone their skills. The new program is designed as an entry level into the performing division of Nashville Ballet 2. The cost is $1000 a year for in-depth training, performance opportunities and mentoring from faculty.
Audiences at Nashville Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker may notice several unexpected guests at Clara’s Christmas party this year. Among those in attendance: the turn-of-the-century chancellor of Vanderbilt University and Lucille La Verne, a Nashville native best known for having been the voice of the Wicked Queen in Disney’s animated version of Snow White … More »