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June 18, 2024

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Nashville Ballet Kicks Off 2022-23 Season with ‘Cinderella’

Featuring a cast that includes Nashville Ballet students and a score by the Nashville Symphony, this family-friendly production arrives at TPAC this weekend.

Nashville Ballet will kick off their 2022-23 season with Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Cinderella at TPAC’s Polk Theater October 6 – 9. The fan-favorite production will feature original choreography by Vasterling, a youth cast of School of Nashville Ballet students and community partners and a classical score performed live by the Nashville Symphony.

This marks the beginning of Vasterling’s final season as Artistic Director for the organization before officially retiring and transitioning to Artistic Director Emeritus at the end of the 2022-23 season.

“I’ve created over 40 ballets during my career at Nashville Ballet, but stories like Cinderella are always my favorite,” shared Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. “Not only is it an aesthetically beautiful and technically challenging production, but it transcends generations and reaches both new and loyal audiences. It brings all different types of people together to appreciate something we all hold dear — and that’s why we do what we do.”

2022 Cinderella — Nashville Ballet

About Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella

The family favorite was first presented in 2011 and sold out during its last run in 2016. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magical score presented live by the Nashville Symphony, the production features an array of specially designed 18th century costumes, stunning sets and original choreography by Vasterling.

Adding a bit of humor and a modern twist to the timeless tale, Vasterling’s unique adaptation will also include male company dancers hilariously on pointe in the iconic role of the wicked stepsisters, and a leading lady who is confident, ambitious, and in charge of her own happy ending.

A youth cast of students ages 5–7 joins Nashville Ballet company dancers on stage. Comprised of aspiring dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and community partners from Rejoice School of Ballet, Moves and Grooves and the Hispanic Family Foundation, youth cast students will have the opportunity to perform for a live audience, learn from professional dancers and artistic staff and see how a mainstage production comes to life from start to finish.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.