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Juilliard-trained dancer brings knowledge to Nashville

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Nashville frequently tops list for best music, great food and a highly rated symphony. Now, the world of dance is taking notice.

Banning Bouldin is the Juilliard-trained jewel of modern Nashville dance. The moves on the floor at Centennial Park’s Art Activity Center are all high-brow and not for beginners.

“These are dancers who have trained their whole life in a variety of approaches and styles of dance,” Bouldin said.

After a career dancing around the world, Bouldin returned to her hometown a few years ago. She now teaches contemporary dance with her company, New Dialect.

Bouldin’s moves are what would be taught at the Juilliard School or the San Francisco Conservancy, making Nashville a dance destination.

While audiences often need to find meaning or understanding in dance, Bouldin said she is happy if they just say “wow.”

“The need to make sense of everything we see sometimes robs us of the wonder that leads us into a deeper relationship with any art form,” she said.

Everyone there has donated their life to dance. Tony Montalvo got on the dance track when he was just 3, and can’t stop.

“There’s pure ecstasy and joy and grace in producing a piece of art with your body, with your mind,” Montalvo said. “And then maybe it builds from there.”

New Dialect works in step with Metro Parks and their dancing programs. Close to 400 people are enrolled in Metro dance classes.

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