Join us for the third annual Music City Dance Festival for intermediate and advanced youth dancers.

July 29th- August 2nd, 2019

10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Intermediate Level ages 10 & up/ Advanced Level ages 14 & up. 

Youth Classes: Youth Classes for children 7-10 years are available once a day. These are drop in classes that must be pre registered due to limited space. To reserve your spot in a youth class email:


Audition Information: 

Students must send in video submission and be accepted prior to purchasing their intensive package. Limited space availability and acceptance will be based on technical level and order of application.

Video- Please send a video 2-5 minutes long with the following information; 

- Introduction, three level appropriate exercises at the barre, and a sample of student performing modern or jazz choreography. 

Email video to:

Extended Deadline:  July 15th, 2019


Featured 2019 Guest Faculty; 


Kathleen Callaghan

Kathleen Callaghan taught ballet for the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation and directed the Centennial Youth Ballet in Nashville for 35 years. At CYB, she helped make that company’s “Mini Nutcracker” a treasured Nashville Christmas tradition. After retiring in 2013, she taught at the School of Nashville Ballet. Ms. Callaghan majored in ballet at Butler University, where she was a principal dancer with the University Ballet Company. She danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Dayton Ballet. Her Nashville credits include the role of Giselle in a Tennessee Dance Theatre performance in 1981. In 2009, she was accredited as a Certified Teacher after completing the national training curriculum at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. She has spent four summers studying the Vaganova syllabus with John White and has taken teacher’s courses at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Ballet. Additionally, she has studied with Dmitri Roudnev, Stanislav Issaev, Andre Ustinov, Bryan Koulman, Finis Jhung, and Ruth Petrinovic. Ms. Callaghan has served on the board of the Tennessee Association of dance and was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Dance Educator Award.


Kirstin Tucker

Kirstin Tucker is an FSPA alum of 2005. After high school, she attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she studied Dance and Musical Theatre. After graduating in 2009, she went on to NYC to pursue a professional career in Musical Theatre. Some of her credits include…Broadway/NYC: A Bronx Tale: The Musical (Ensemble, u/s Rosina); Cinderella (Dance Captain); Trip of Love (Ensemble, u/s Caroline and Angela); Zorba (Associate Choreographer). First National Tours: West Side Story (Hotsie, u/s Anybodys); A Chorus Line (Bebe, u/s Diana); Cinderella (Assistant Choreographer). Favorite Regional: 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer); Les Miserables (Eponine); Saturday Night Fever (Annette). In the fall of 2018, she moved to Houston, Texas and now teaches dance, is the drill team director, and musical choreographer at Houston Christian High School.

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Hadassah Perry

Hadassah Perry was born in the U.S. in 1997. She studied at the Franklin School of Performing Arts in Nashville, TN, and with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Northern Israel in2016-2017. She has participated in the Tel Aviv Gaga intensive, Bates Dance Festival, and the Movement Invention Project. Alongside her own choreographic works for the Franklin School of Performing Arts and for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, she has worked with choreographers Roy Assaf, Bryan Arias, Alex Ketley, Yin Yue, and Shannon Gillen. Hadassah began apprenticing with New Dialect founded by Banning Bouldin in 2014 and joined as a full member in 2018.