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Behind the Scenes of the Nashville Ballet

Tipping our hats (and our toes) to the Nashville Ballet as they celebrate the annual Ballet Ball and a new show at TPAC.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Ron Manville

Now in their 27th year, the Nashville Ballet has been drawing us with their dynamic performances and wildly talented dancers, choreographers and producers. This month they will host their annual Ballet Ball as well as a new show, "Attitude" at TPAC. The photo gallery is a collection of images from the past including costuming, practices and what it is like waiting in the wings!

Coming this month:

February 1 — Nashville Ballet Ball
Nashville Ballet’s most elegant annual fundraiser, bringing together over 400 of the city’s most prominent philanthropists and patrons of the arts for an elaborate black-tie affair.

February 2 — Degas and the Little Dancer

When young Marie gave up her dream of becoming a famous ballet dancer because of her family's financial hardships, she earned money by posing for the artist Edgar Degas when he created his famous bronze sculpture of a young ballet dancer, "La Petite Danseuse."

February 16 — The Singing Tortoise
Based on a West African folk tale, The Singing Tortoise is a fun-for-all-ages children’s ballet running one day only, 2 p.m.

February 15 - 17 — Nashville Ballet’s upcoming show “Attitude” at TPAC’s Polk Theater

Local musician Matthew Perryman Jones joins choreographer Gina Patterson for the their piece, called …But the Flowers Have Yet to Come, set to Jones’s music this month at TPAC.

More from Jones about his involvement with the ballet, his music, and why he loves living in Nashville.

February 21 - 24 — Nashville Ballet's Carmina Burana with Dance St. Louis

The breathtaking production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, considered one of the most popular pieces of music ever written, brings together Nashville Ballet, UMSL’s University Orchestra and University Singers, Bach Society of Saint Louis and St. Louis Children’s Choirs into a firework of live music and riveting dance. (takes place at Touhill Theater, St. Louis, MO)

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