Throughout the eight-week summer session, the School of Nashville Ballet offers a variety of dance classes for people of all skill levels. Experience is not necessary for the classes, which are all taught by professional instructors. Dance styles covered in classes include jazz dance, hip-hop, contemporary, or tap. The modern and fusion Pilates fitness-dance classes are open for all who wish to get in shape and groove at the same time, while ballet-minded individuals can choose from several options. The intro-to-ballet class teaches the basics, and intermediate and advanced ballet classes help students hone their skills and master tricky maneuvers. Beginners are encouraged to attend classes early in the session, as instruction will progress throughout the season. Check the schedule and call the School of Nashville Ballet for specific information on class availability.
Music Instruction Studio's university-educated teachers dispense harmonious how-tos during music lessons for students 6 years and older. Offering instruction in pop, jazz, and classical styles, the instructors equip vocalists with belting skills, teach pianists masterful ivory tickling, and inspire bassists to lay down funkier grooves than Bootsy Collins retiling a bathroom. Music Instruction Studio stocks its interior with instruments as well as an entire library of sheet music that students can purchase at an additional cost; pupils may also rent out equipment for at-home practice. After stepping up their skills, students can draw on MIS's extensive music studio to showcase newfound abilities and hair-metal power slides during semiannual recitals at no additional charge.
Vaudeville Cafe's two-hour, family-friendly murder mystery dinner shows pack in an evening of mock murders and an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner. In between interrogating suspects and identifying the perpetrator, investigate culinary culprits including baked ziti, pasta primavera, Italian meatballs, mac 'n' cheese, or Mediterranean salad, all followed by a generous slice of double-chocolate fudge cake. Each of the comic murder mysteries begins with a murder, after which a detective will arrive on the scene to work with audience members to identify the perpetrator. Since Vaudeville Cafe's interactive performances rely on audience participation to solve the case, imaginary police standby to arrest lifeless audiences for accessory to show-murder. Four different shows are featured each week.
Chattanooga DanceSport's qualified instructors can assist dancers of all skill levels, from beginning two-step stompers to professional rug rippers. Private classes allow couples to learn together and solo-swingers to pair off with an instructor in any of the available dance styles, including Rumba, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and California Raisin Shuffle. The main dance floor and its mirror-lined walls set the mood for group classes, which take place from 7–8 p.m. on select weekdays. During each class, a troupe of tyro trotters covers a specific style of body movin'—upcoming sessions include Rumba, Merengue, and the classic waltz.
More than a dozen different dance-class options teach students the art of ballet, tap, musical theater, tumbling, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical dance styles. A special boys-only hip-hop class guides students through dance moves, and an adult fusion class combines ballet, jazz, and contemporary. An onsite boutique readies students with dancewear including tights, tap shoes, and papier-mâché tutus.
Closing out Lamplighter's "A Place to Belong" season, the comedic play Leaving Iowa tells the story of a family packing their bags and hitting the open road on a vacation undermined by haphazard hilarity. With the same enthusiasm he used to pilot the theater’s productions of My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, and Guys and Dolls, seasoned director Greg Wilson leads the cast as they act out the trials and tribulations of spending quality time with the family. Relatable, sentimental moments abound while the kids vie for control of the back seat, the dad points out uninteresting landmarks, and the mother attempts to keep the peace and rouse everyone's spirits.