Dance Theatre of Tennessee trains students in the art of dance and dazzles audiences with world-class performances. "Swan Lake – At 75: A Tribute to Elaine Thomas" honors Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director, who has served as coach, choreographer, and ballet mistress to prominent companies around the world. Audiences aim their eyes at the stage as guest artists from Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and The Australian Ballet celebrate Elaine’s career with accolades and ritual burnings of DDR games. The tribute culminates in a spectacular staging of act 2 of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake.
The Holiday Market stuffs 40,000 square feet of the Nashville Convention Center with clothing, accessories, housewares, and gourmet food for sale. With merchants such as Gilchrist & Gilchrist Vintage Living, Cathy’s Antiques, or Emily G’s on hand, visitors can quickly browse a broad selection of stores without having to roller-skate through a mall. At the Girls’ Night Out event, guests peruse curated goods such as vintage jewelry and specialty desserts while listening to music and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Those attending the morning-preview event can bet in silent auctions or fill fists with discounted items while noshing on light breakfast fare. Morning shoppers also enjoy complimentary valet parking and gift-wrapping of purchases or any shopping companions finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Each of the market events benefits charities backed by the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that promotes projects aimed at enriching the lives of children, women, and families.
The Shopping Bag is a non-profit thrift store that relies on generous donations. All profits benefit Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, an organization dedicated to helping men, women, children, and low-income families find stable footing. The friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome, making for an excellent experience!
Nurses for Newborns supports families most at-risk for infant mortality by performing in-home nursing visits that include assessments of the infant's sleeping environment and education about safe sleep practices and positive parenting skills. The organization's representatives conduct visits with teenage moms and mothers with disabilities, families who are experiencing poverty, and those whose babies are born with medical problems. In addition to providing necessary medical care and teaching parents useful skills, they also provide donated materials such as diapers, clothing, food, cribs, and bedding.
Friends of Riverside Drive, a collective volunteer effort, began with a vision to transform local neighborhoods by planting dogwood and yoshino cherry trees. Along with tree plantings across neighborhoods and involvement with the Riverside Blossom Festival, Friends of Riverside Drive’s main work is restoring beauty and dignity to Riverside Drive, a community road that provides the main route to the National Cemetery and once served as a recognized, living memorial to war veterans.