a nonprofit contemporary dance collective and training program based in Nashville

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O U R H I S T O R Y

After a decade performing internationally as a dancer, Banning Bouldin returned to her hometown Nashville to form the city’s first daily training program and professional contemporary dance company.

Since 2013, Bouldin and New Dialect have gained national recognition for their efforts to contribute to the evolution of contemporary dance through imaginative, socially relevant outreach and performances.


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Designed to be a research lab, New Dialect aims to facilitate an environment where movers of all kinds can explore the wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of contemporary dance. 

We believe it is the nature of our art form to speak to the present while pointing to the future.

In support of this cause, we strive to foster communally minded learning environments, where artists are given “tools not rules” that allow them to connect deeply with their bodies as they skillfully interpret a broad range of movement languages with authenticity and courage.


D A N C E D I A L E C T I C S

Our year-round training program, Dance Dialectics, includes a daily offering of professional development classes, community classes, regularly scheduled aesthetic educational workshops, Winter & Summer Intensives, Teen Intensives, and Girl Power.

Each of these opportunities encourages artists in their own personal growth and advancement, while allowing our faculty and guest artists the opportunity to deepen and refine their research.

For more information on our class schedules, fees, and current teaching artists, check out our Classes


The Triangle  at OZ Arts Nashville

The Triangle at OZ Arts Nashville

P e r f o r m a n c e s

From proscenium to public park, gallery to green way.

Check out our Calendar for upcoming projects, installations, films, and free happenings.

ROY ASSAF

ROY ASSAF

C h o r e o g r a p h e r s L A B

Emerging and mid career choreographers participate in a multi-week creative residency during which they have the opportunity to research their movement language on a versatile company of dancers and create new works. 

Past guests:

Idan Sharabi, Dor Mamalia, Belinda McGuire, Peter Chu, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Alex Ketley, Laurel Jenkins, Bryan Arias, David Norsworthy, Joy Davis, Yin Yue, Riley Watts, Roy Assaf, and Ariel Freedman

DAVID FLORES’ string sculpture

DAVID FLORES’ string sculpture

T h i r d V o i c e

Each year we invite teams of emerging choreographers, composers, and visual artists to collaborate in a democratic creative process and develop experimental, new works.

This residency culminates in some of our most adventurous performances of the season with installations in warehouses, galleries, outdoor spaces, studios, and homes.

For details on upcoming Third Voice residencies, performances, and featured artists, check out our Calendar.

 


ORIGIN OF OUR NAME

The name New Dialect has its origins in a linguistic term that explains how new language subsets are formed when varying language groups come into contact and converse with each other over extended periods of time. 

In a similar fashion, New Dialect exists as a hub for choreographers, dancers, and teaching artists in search of time, space and support to explore and share their own movement “dialects.” 

When we come together to research in the spirit of individuality, inclusivity and collaboration, we create new dance dialects that represent each person’s unique experience, reflect our voice as a community, and advance our art form.  

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New Dialect has been selected one of five dance companies to participate in South Arts' Momentum — an accelerator program that will increase our company’s capacity to tour regionally and nationally.

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N E W D I A L E C T

522 Rosedale Avenue | Nashville, TN 37211


Our operations and programming are made possible by the generous support of


TITLE VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color, or national origin.

NEW DIALECT Nondiscrimination Policy
No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by New Dialect. 

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination or to request an accommodation, please visit our TITLE VI page.