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New Dialect in rehearsal at Centennial Arts Activity Center

The Metro Parks Dance Division partners with several Nashville dance companies and organizations to enhance our offerings to the community.

New Dialect

New Dialect, led by artistic director Banning Bouldin, a Nashville native, Julliard graduate, and international performer, choreographer and teaching artist, is a 21st Century dance collective dedicated to the artistic development of today's dancers, teaching artists, and choreographers. New Dialect aims to inspire people of all social backgrounds, cultures, and generations by offering affordable and free performances in theaters, galleries, and public spaces and has created performances and dance films specifically for urban spaces, galleries, parks, and green ways. The company rehearses at Centennial Performing Arts Studios daily, invites the public to free open rehearsals, and forms the faculty for the Dance Division's new comprehensive contemporary modern program based in the Flooring/Falling/Sliding syllabus developed by Bouldin.

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OZ Arts

OZ Arts supports the creation, development and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field. The Metro Parks Cultural Arts Division and OZ have teamed up to offer OZ School Days, a daylong multi-arts program that engages 5 to 15 year-old students at Centennial Performing Arts Studios on days when Metro Nashville Public Schools are out of session on public holidays. Students registered in the Cultural Arts classes receive a special discount for these events. The Dance Division also hosts master classes with visiting dance artists in conjunction with their performances at OZ.

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Epiphany Dance Company

Epiphany Dance Company is a professional modern company dedicated to using dance to communicate modern messages rooted in a tradition of faith. They develop work at Centennial Performing Arts Center and perform monthly at Christ Cathedral Church as part of their First Friday services. Their company class at CPAS is open to the public and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm. Students are welcome to drop in for $12.

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Rejoice School of Ballet

At East Park Community Center and two other locations, Rejoice School of Ballet offers one of the only available, affordable after-school arts programs in East Nashville for children from low income families. The positive environment offered by Rejoice results in increased self-esteem, valuing teamwork, and an improved respect for self and others. The study of ballet teaches children how to move with poise and grace, instills discipline, and sets standards of excellence. Rejoice provides children and their families with tools for successful living.

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