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Contemporary Cross-Training Series: 3, July 29-August 30

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 USA (map)

This daily contemporary dance class series offers advanced and freelancing professional dancers the opportunity to study a variety of contemporary dance concepts and techniques on a regular basis, while giving instructors the opportunity to explore and refine the information they share.


Mondays-Fridays, 9:30-11:00 AM

Houston Station


This series Rebekah Hampton Barger, local choreographer and artistic director of Nashville’s contemporary dance/aeriel company FALL, joins our roster of teachers, including Rebecca Allen, Banning Bouldin, and Carrie Gerow. Rebekah’s class utilizes elements of improvisation and contemporary dance floor work as a launching pad for exploring a new sense of balance and relationship to gravity with aeriel fabric. No previous aeriel training is needed to take this class.

For more information on Rebekah and her dance company, visit FALL on the web at

Special thanks to abrasiveMedia for hosting New Dialect’s CCTS:3. For details on this local nonprofit and their mission to serve the Nashville arts and dance community, check out their new website:


Week 1: July 29-August 2, 9:30-11:00 AM

Monday-Thursday: Rebecca Allen

Friday: Rebekah Hampton Barger


Week 2: August 5-9, 9:30-11:00 AM

Monday and Wednesday: Rebecca Allen

Tuesday and Thursday: Banning Bouldin

Friday: Rebekah Hampton Barger


Week 3: August 12-16, 9:30-11:00 AM

Monday and Wednesday: Rebecca Allen

Tuesday and Thursday: Banning Bouldin

Friday: Rebekah Hampton Barger


Week 4: August 19-23, 9:30-11:00 AM

Monday and Wednesday: Rebecca Allen

Tuesday and Thursday: Banning Bouldin

Friday: Carrie Gerow


Week 5: August 26-30, 9:30-11:00 AM

Monday and Wednesday: Rebecca Allen

Tuesday and Thursday: Banning Bouldin

Friday: Carrie Gerow


Unlimited classes: $150

10-class card: $100

5-class card: $50

Drop-ins: $12

All checks should be made payable to New Dialect at the beginning of each class. If you are paying cash, we ask that you bring exact change. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure class starts on time. Doors will be open at 9:00 a.m.


Houston Station: 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN, 37203

Class Descriptions:

Rebecca Allen- Following a ballet class progression with exercises inspired by Cunningham technique and William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies, this contemporary ballet class is designed to build a healthy balance of strength and flexibility in the lower body, while increasing overall stability and exploring a full range of motion in the upper body.

Banning Bouldin- A cohesive and articulate training syllabus for the advanced dancer promoting awareness, stability, and specificity in an environment dedicated to research. Drawing from her extensive professional experience with some of the world's leading contemporary choreographers and instructors, Banning's class utilizes movement fundamentals rooted in Laban and Taylor techniques as influenced by 21st Century dance icons Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Aszure Barton, William Forsythe, and David Zambrano.

Carrie Gerow- Together with concepts drawn from anatomy, kinesiology, physiotherapy, Pilates, yoga and meditation, this Limon based class offers space and time to connect with the body as it is, guiding it toward expansive, luminous movement.

Rebekah Hampton Barger- This class allows dancers to experiment with gravity in new ways by taking contemporary dance techniques and translating them to aerial fabric, as well as bringing aerial dance elements to the ground. Improvisation exercises are used to encourage changes in weight, balance, and orientation in space by utilizing both vertical and horizontal pathways.

About Contemporary Cross-Training:

This contemporary dance training series offers advanced/professional dancers the opportunity to study a diverse range of contemporary dance concepts, vocabularies, and techniques on a daily basis. Designed to be a research lab for both dancers and teaching artists, New Dialect aims to create an environment where gifted teachers are encouraged to explore and refine their syllabi, and all participants are actively engaged in the process of identifying with clarity and confidence their own movement signatures. It is New Dialect’s goal to host and present high-level local, national, and international teaching artists on an ongoing basis. By further informing the dance community of the wide variety of high-quality movement vocabularies existing in the world of 21st century dance, we aspire to contribute to the bright future of contemporary dance in Nashville: training teachers, dancers, and choreographers to give, interpret, and make work that is well-researched and inspiring. For more information on New Dialect and Contemporary Cross-Training, email Banning Bouldin at