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The Dance Division

Our Little Women 2014 Photo Credit: Karen Hicks Lawrence

Welcome the Metro Parks + Recreation Dance Division. Our purpose is to provide high-quality, affordable dance training to children and adults in a supportive environment, provide resources to local dance artists for work development, and develop educated dance audience members. Through a wide variety of classes, a Mini-Nutcracker and Spring Concert performed by Centennial Youth Ballet annually, partnerships with Nashville-based dance companies, and events that foster critical discussion about the art form, we are able to serve toddlers to seniors, novices to professionals, and everything in between.

Many of our programs are made possible by support from Friends of Metro Dance, the non-profit organization established in 1995 to support the Dance Division beyond the scope of government funding. This group funds performances by Centennial Youth Ballet. It also sponsors special dance-related activities including a summer dance intensive for teens, a summer ballroom program for underserved children (Music City Ballroom Kids), continuing education for faculty, student scholarship, and master classes open to Dance Division students as well as to the general public. Additionally, Friends of Metro Dance equips and maintains three state of the art dance studios. This organization has been critical to sustaining affordable dance education within the public sector.

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Staff Directory

Christensen, Matthew
Specialized Skills Instructor-Dance
Gager, Barry
Specialized Skills Instructor-Dance
Wilkening, Kathryn