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Dancing Through the Curriculum offers programming for dancers ages  5-14, and a toddler program for dancers ages 2-4.  The Community Dance Division runs August- May, followed by the Smart Moves Summer Program in June-July.  In addition, DTC provides  book studies, girl empowerment sessions, fall/spring mini camps,  and after-school tutoring and dance (specific school sites in Nashville and Murfreesboro public schools).  

Community Dance Division

We bring dance to your community! Dancers have the option to select from a variety of dance classes such as creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, majorette, and tumbling/acro.  Classes are offered weekly at community centers or local studios  in Nashville and Murfreesboro.  

$40.00/month per class

Preschool Program

The toddler program includes a creative movement class that introduces the tiniest dancer to tumbling and the fundamentals of ballet. Darlings in Dashikis is held on Saturdays from 8:30- 9:15 at Hadley Park Community Center (dance studio) and 2:00- 2:45 at Patterson Park Community Center. Darlings in Dashikis is a joyful way for toddlers to explore movement, channel energy, stimulate imagination, promote creativity and embrace discipline. Numerous creative movement exercises are used to help toddlers explore the four basic body movements: bending, stretching, turning and jumping. Through these four basic movements, participants will learn about their bodies, the space around them, and working together as a group. Darlings in Dashikis also includes literacy and numeracy activities to prepare toddlers for kindergarten. 

$30.00/month per class

Our 4.0. Movement Studio brings competitive dance to a community near you with our traveling competitive dance team. We have three different teams: Honor Squad (Ages 3-5), Cum Laude Team (Ages 6-9) and Magna Cum Laude (Ages 10 & up). Our competitive teams are great for dancers who want to take their dance training to the next level.

$110/month (Honor Squad - $90/month)

Raising the Barre - After-School

Raising the Barre is DTC's after-school program offered at select public schools in Nashville and Murfreesboro to further Dancing Through the Curriculum's mission of educating and empowering young girls of color.  After-school sessions are conducted on-site at participating schools and include a healthy snack, homework support, academic enrichment, and one dance class.  Raising the Barre operates Monday-Friday, with hours ranging from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The program is led by certified teachers,  qualified dance instructors, and volunteers. 


Smart Moves - Dance Camps

Dancing Through the Curriculum (DTC) offers camps designed for young girls in Nashville/ Murfreesboro when school is out.  Teacher, dance instructors, teaching artists, and volunteers come together to plan and implement dynamic experiences for youth.  Our "Smart Moves" camps occur during fall (October), spring (April), and summer break (June-July).   During camp girls receive dance instruction, meditation/yoga, academic enrichment, girl talk, and field trips.  Dance classes typically include ballet, jazz, West African, and hip hop.  Fitness classes include yoga and/or tumbling.  The academic component is includes one hour of reading, math, or science each morning.  The summer camp ends with a student showcase which highlights learning in camp and mini camps conclude with a field trip.

$120.00/week (additional $20 for extended care)

Crowns Up! - Girl Empowerment

Crowns Up! led by Ashley McEwen cultivates the character & self-image of young girls through mentorship, community service, & leadership development. Every 2nd Saturday interactive workshops are held for girls ages 8-17 and  Girls Night Outs are held every Fifth Friday.  This program requires a $35 annual membership fee or feel free to drop in for $10/event.  


Brown Girl Reads - Book Club

Brown Girl Reads is a book club that meets bi-weekly (January- May) to read and discuss literature that celebrates culture, feminism, and sisterhood.  This book club is completely FREE to girls ages 8 & up. 

*Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books. A book list will be sent out to all registered participants 2 weeks before the club begins.


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