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

July 30th- August 3rd, 2018

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, 2018

Sample Schedule Below (Official Schedule will be posted in spring 2018)

Featured 2017 Guest Faculty; 

David Rosales


David Rosales is originally from Los Angeles, Ca. He has worked nationally and abroad since the age of 15. He was last seen in the Broadway production of "A Christmas Carol The Musical" directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman. He was an ensemble member/Acolyte for 5 season along side notable stars such as Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Ben Vereen, the "Rocky Horror Picture Show's" Tim Curry, and the Odd Couple's Tony Randall.

David has also performed as "Mr. Mistoffelees" and "Mungojerrie" in the longest running national tour and Broadway production of "CATS". He has also been a part of the Broadway version of "Victor, Victoria" starring Julie Andrews and he has performed at Radio City Music Hall with the world famous "Rockettes". David was last seen as a featured performer in "Chicago" the musical aboard the Allure of Seas for Royal Caribbean and has recently made the transition from performer to rehearsal choreographer for "Cats" the Musical for Royal Carribean Productions.

David is a sought after Master Teacher he has taught nationwide from California to New Jersey. His students have been featured on Dancing with the Stars, performed with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Jordan Sparks, and Macy Gray. They have been accepted into many training programs including ABT and the Rock. They have also gone on to do Major Motion Pictures,National Tours, as well as work for RCCL, Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Universal Japan. David is currently on staff at North Broward Prep teaching jazz and technique and is also a guest teaching artist for the Broward Performing Arts Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he recently helped co create a training program for performers. 


Kimberly Ratcliffe

Kimberly Ratcliffe is delighted to be back for Franklin School of Performing Arts' 2017 Music City Dance Festival. Her fifteen year teaching career includes  faculty positions at FSPA, School of Nashville Ballet, and Berkeley Ballet Theater in California. In addition to teaching, Kimberly also enjoys choreographing and was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute.  

Her professional dance career consists of an apprenticeship with Louisville Ballet and eight seasons with Nashville Ballet, where she performed corps, soloist, and principal roles. After retiring from her performing career, Kimberly earned an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a psychotherapist in private practice as well as a ballet teacher here in Nashville.


Shabaz Ujima

Shabaz Ujima first studied dance at Nashville School of the Arts (1995-1996) and Nashville Ballet (1996-1999). He continued his training at New World School of the Arts (1999-2001) in Miami, Fla. and went on to dance in Nashville Ballet’s Second Company (2002-2003) before enjoying a successful career in contemporary dance with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (2003-2007) and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (2008-2014) under his stage name, Hershel Deondre Horner III. Mr. Ujima has performed works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Milton Myers, Matt Maddox, Susanna Linke, Jose Limon and Christopher Huggins. Upon his professional dance retirement in 2014, Mr. Ujima returned to Nashville Ballet. He is currently a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Mr. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, he teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center.



Missa Pruitt

Missa is an innovative choreographer and instructor, with an energetic style and an inspiring class curriculum. A graduate from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Missa began her training at a competitive dance studio in Alabama and as an adult, supplemented her dance training by studying with instructors from dance educators and professionals in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago. She received training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop.

Missa has taught and choreographed for various studios in the Midwest and the Southeast regions. Missa’s choreography has won numerous awards over the years. Missa has taught for several studios in the Nashville area to include Franklin School of Performing Arts, Hermitage Dance Academy, Nashville Ballet, and Ridley’s School of Dance. Missa strives to build confidence in her students while teaching them that “their gift” is truly a blessing.

Missa lives in Nashville, TN with her 3-year-old daughter, Kadence.