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.
Dance World’s talented instructors teach students of all levels ballroom, Latin, swing, and country dance styles in an open and friendly atmosphere. Two dance floors provide the square footage necessary for detailed instruction and successful coed mingling. A private lesson ($65 value) can jazz up a first dance or provide a much-needed metaphor for a relationship. In addition to the private lesson, you get a Groupon-exclusive class (a $15 value). First-time Freds and Gingers can foxtrot around the room and meet, greet, and dip new friends. Additional classes, such as tango and quickstep, as well as wedding choreography, are blended for dancers of all levels of surefootedness. Call for upcoming times and offerings.
The Renaissance Center's Gaslight Dinner Theatre, located on the basement level of the Renaissance Center, has been bringing together mouthwatering theatrical productions and first-rate dining for nine years, especially during the steak tartare's triumphant 2003 performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. A ticket ($35) to the Gaslight Dinner Theatre scores you access to the sprawling and savory dinner buffet, which opens at 6:30 p.m. and includes a drink and dessert, as well as intimate seating for the night's performance at 7:30 p.m. All Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions boast a cast of professional actors culled from regional auditions and international hang-gliding tournaments.
Back in 1965, Buzz and Helen Baudo took a stab at diversifying the restaurant scene of West Tennessee. The little pizzeria they opened was not only the Baudos' first restaurant; it was also the first place in Jackson to serve pizza and Italian food. A quick success, they relocated and expanded the menu beyond pizzas to include old-school Italian cuisine and a few American classics. Nowadays, the daily menu starts off with crisp, toasted ravioli or a half-dozen oysters served rockefeller style. Everything is made on the premises from scratch using fresh ingredients bought locally whenever possible. Petite versions of entrees like eggplant parmesan or tortellini are available during lunch and dinner, while Baudo's favorites include baked grouper stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat and blanketed in a zesty vodka sauce or veal piccata in a lemon butter and caper sauce.
To spread holiday cheer and support a good cause, Homes for the Holidays opens the doors of four estate homes throughout Brentwood. Visitors explore the abodes on their own schedule over three days, slipping provided booties over their footy pajamas before viewing the displays of holiday decor inside. These are the result of collaborations among three of the city's most prominent designers, including Tim Causey of ReCreations, Richie Edwards of RED, and Jenny Vollmer herself of Vollmer Decorating. Along the way, visitors enjoy festive live music, wine and spirit tastings, and a chocolate sculpture constructed by gold medalist chocolatier Paul Burnash. Proceeds benefit the Literacy Council of Williamson County, an organization dedicated to changing and enriching the lives of area adults through free programs in reading, writing, and math skills.