Blue Terra IndieGoGo Campaign

Blue Moves Modern Dance Company presents “Blue Terra,”  a free outdoor dance concert in Shelby Park in East Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th

Centered around the broad theme of Earth, the company will present all-new choreographic works. We are dreaming big this time around and our show will include educational booths about greening and sustainability, guest artists (including a performance from some of the talented folks at our home studio, DancEast), and a moonlit nature walk led by Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.

“Blue Terra” is the fourth in a series of performances inspired by an element, and the most recent project from a 25-year history of entertaining and informing audiences in middle Tennessee and beyond.

This production will be made possible by our fiscal sponsor, abrasiveMedia; community partners at DancEast; and generous support from Indiegogo donors.

Please consider becoming a donor to help make this show a reality. Our online funding campaign went live on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015! Click here for more details on donating to this show!

“Creative Justice: Feeding the Souls”, February 15th 2015

Poetry, music, and dance brings diverse audiences together in “Creative Justice:  Feeding the Soul”

To reserve your free ticket, click here.


On Sunday, February 15th, 2015, Poverty & the Arts and Blue Moves Modern Dance Company partner with Room In The Inn to offer “Creative Justice:  Feeding the Soul”. This unique performance experience features one of Blue Moves’ social justice choreographic works and Poverty & the Arts’ resident artists and poets from the homeless community. Much in the way that Room In The Inn’s winter shelter program offers volunteers and the homeless a chance to share a meal together, this performance will allow all types of community members to come together and a share an afternoon of dance, poetry and music at Room In The Inn’s Campus for Human Development, 705 Drexel Street, Nashville, Tennessee with shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Poverty & the Arts’ mission is to empower homeless and formerly homeless individuals as artists and creatives by helping them generate income, meaning, and purpose in life. They also use the arts to promote relationships and a space for volunteers to view homeless individuals as talented and creative, thus creating better advocates and more compassionate community members.

“The more I work with the homeless, the more it becomes obvious how much environment drives behavior,” says Nicole Brandt, founder and executive director of Poverty & the Arts. “The arts create an environment for our community that produce passion, motivation, and self-confidence. This new environment allows our artists to have more success in generating their own income and sustainability.”

Motivating and empowering people through the arts is also a goal of social justice choreographer and Blue Moves co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche. Her dance “Divine Sparks” features the recorded words of four local activists woven with music and dance to tell the story of their passion for individual causes, and also address the concept that every person has a spark of divinity and ability to make a positive impact on their community. Homeless activist Lindsey Krinks is featured in this piece, along with Tamara Ambar of Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Ngawang Losel of One Human Race 4 Justice and Sara Sharpe of Festive Evolution. Blue Moves is happy to announce that Burning Blue narrator Denice Hicks will be returning to read excerpts of writer Jenn Couture’s fire narrative prior to the dance.

“I’m excited to share this piece with such an integrated audience,” says Cantrell Roche. “The arts are vital, and I’d like to see access to the arts treated as a vital necessity — almost like food and shelter. I hope the experience of this performance will remind everyone of their own divine spark, and empower them to acknowledge and act upon it in whatever form that may take; be it through volunteering, activism or simply showing more compassion to others.”

Seating is limited. Each show will have 25 free seats open to the general public through reservation only on first come, first serve basis through Eventbrite at this link:

The remaining half of the seats will be open to the participants in the Room In The Inn program. In lieu of a ticket price, attendees are encouraged to bring a gift of beauty or something that feeds the soul. Suggested items are sketchbooks, books of poetry, visual art and other items that can fit in a backpack.

A note about parking:  Spaces in the Room In The Inn lot are limited. Parking is allowed on the same side of Drexel Avenue on which Room In The Inn is located, but not on the opposite side. Additional street parking is available on 7th Avenue and Middleton Street.


Denice Hicks, Jenn Couture, Michael Teaney and Nashville Fire Tribe join Blue Moves as guest artists and collaborators

Blue Moves is pleased to announce our collaborators for Burning Blue, Saturday, October 25th at Cumberland Park! Denice Hicks as narrator and Jenn Couture as writer of the original narrative score were chosen from an open call for an actor and writer. Heather Snyder of Nashville Fire Tribe will open the show and has come to the studio recently to show us a few of her fire poi moves, and Michael Teaney is composing and recording an original score for Andrea Robert’s dance, “Back to the Burning”.

Denice Hicks has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990 as an actor, director, teaching artist, and has held the position of Artistic Director since 2005. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland. Denice was an original company member of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and was among the founders of both the Darkhorse Theater and of People’s Branch Theatre. An Ingram Fellowship award winner, and advocate for Arts in Education, she has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare’s works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming. Her work has been praised by the Tennessean,, Nashville City Search, The City Paper, and the Nashville Scene, from which she has received “Best Actor” and “Best Director” acknowledgments. In May 2012, she spent 3 weeks in England as a Guest Instructor for a Cooperative Center for Study Abroad program.

JennJenn Couture was raised by wolverines and Yankees in the unsavory part of a blue collar town north of the Mason Dixon. As a child she aspired to be an archaeologist rockstar and to one day eat brand name snack foods. Good fortune brought her family to the South some time before she entered high school, and it was there that she became an ardent student of the strangeness of rural living, creative writing and questionable fashion. She hopes to one day publish a novel, do some light modeling, and rule over a small European country, possibly France. She currently resides in Nashville with two small dogs, a large cat, and a former child star.

Mike TeaneyMichael Teaney is a musician, composer, producer, and engineer living in Nashville Tennessee.  He is a classically trained guitarist who, believe it or not, also plays the banjo.  He grew up in West Virginia and the music of the Appalachian region is a major influence on his style, as well as classical, jazz, rock, and about every other genre imaginable. With extensive experience in the recording studio as an artist, producer and engineer, Michael also creates and produces musical events around Nashville such as Free Form Friday, which features artists who create music that is far out of the mainstream yet interesting, relevant, and in need of a platform.


Nashville Fire Tribe is a small community resource for spinners, flow artists and martial artists who desire to obtain knowledge about fire performing safety guidelines and informative safety suggestions when burning props while providing a safe place to spin with fire. As a group we enjoy performing for community events, charities and fundraisers.

Burning Blue Indiegogo Campaign

After years of producing our major shows as ticketed events in traditional venues, this season we’re offering our main show FREE in an outdoor venue at Nashville’s Cumberland Park. To make this possible, we need your support. Reward levels start as low as $10, but you can contribute any amount. We invite you to take part in bringing accessible contemporary dance to our community with your donation by August 12th.


Call for Writer and Actor for “Burning Blue”

Open Call for writers and voice actors! Blue Moves is seeking artistic minds and voices for their upcoming production, Burning Blue, in October. We are looking for one creative writer to help connect our four pieces of choreography with an interwoven narrative and one actor to read the masterpiece after it is finished! Performance date October 25.

Please submit writing or video samples and a resume to [email protected] by June 15 for writers, July 15 for actors.

There will likely be modest compensation available, but this is dependent on pending grant and crowdsourcing funding. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Blue Moves to perform at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

This performance is now archived on the Americans for the Arts YouTube Channel. Click here.


Blue Moves is honored to be a part of the National Americans for the Arts Annual Convention taking place in Nashville June. We will be performing an excerpt of “Yearning to Breathe Free,” Amanda Cantrell Roche’s audio documentary/choreographic project on immigration, on Saturday, June 14th, 9 a.m. at the Omni Hotel. The performance will kick off Saturday’s plenary session on the power of arts to transform communities, and can be viewed through a live-stream at this link . Special thanks to Rebecca Berrios and the Metro Nashvulle Arts Commission for this opportunity.


Blue Moves looking for dancers!

Blue Moves is looking for one or two strong contemporary/modern dancers to join the company. Currently we are work shopping and learning choreography for a performance slated for October 2014 and are in need of additional male or female dancers. Must be available for rehearsals regularly on Sundays from 5-8 p.m. at DancEast. We are not holding formal auditions; Interested dancers should email Amanda at [email protected] to schedule a time to come to an open rehearsal.

Blue Moves performs “Yearning to Breathe Free” at Global Birthday Bash 2-8-14

Saturday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Father Ryan High School’s Center for the Arts
Blue Moves is honored to be a part of Global Education Center’s Global Birthday Bash celebrating its 32 years of bringing the arts of the world to area schools and the launch of its 18th year. We will be performing the audio documentary/dance “Yearning to Breathe Free” by Amanda Cantrell Roche. Performers include guest artists Ashlyn Hall as Julie from Colombia, Nerissa Aquino as Elizabeth from Burma and Athena Sweeten as Kasar from Kurdistan as well as company members Holly Cannon Hesse, Valerie Hackworth and Andrea Roberts. Also on the program are some of the Center’s resident artists, including international dance team, Helios; its West African troupe, Nyama; Little Eagle Chinese Dance Academy; Kala Nivedanam School of South Indian Classical Dance; Grupo Balanca Capoeira; solo dancer Andrea Solis, accompanied by composer Carlos Enrique; Salsa Fierce; and Yosvany y Su Son Tropical.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children 3-17. Please come out and support this wonderful organization and celebrate diversity in our community!

Blue Moves call for dancers and announcing our new rehearsal home, DancEast!

After more than two decades of being based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Blue Moves is moving to Nashville and is excited to announce our partnership with DancEast as our new rehearsal home.

On Sunday, September 29th, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. we will be holding a free, open workshop for potential new company members. This is a chance to see if the company may be a good fit for you and for us to see if you may be a good fit for the company. We are looking for strong modern or contemporary dancers who are able to lift and/or be lifted, and who are available for ongoing rehearsals Sundays from 5-8 p.m. In this workshop we will have a warm up, a session of reflection and brainstorming with words and  movement, and will workshop some choreographic ideas. Blue Moves is a democratic collective of dancers in which all company members have a vote in the artistic direction of the company, and in which dancers will have opportunities to set choreography on the company after dancing with the group for one year. Our major productions generally center around a particular theme explored by multiple choreographers, and the theme for the next twelve months is “Fire.” Our style varies due to multiple choreographers but is perhaps best described as dance theater. Although we are unable to pay our dancers for rehearsals, we occasionally are able to offer modest performance stipends.

Dancers simply interested in joining us for the afternoon but who are  not interested or able to be considered for a position as company dancer are also welcome to attend the workshop.

RSVP to [email protected] is required. You will receive an email Sunday morning with directions.

Blue Moves performs Immigration Project at Picnic in the Park October 24

photo by Martin O'Connor

VENUE CHANGE:  Due to chilly weather, this performance will take place in the AUDITORIUM of the Main Library, just across the street from the park.


“Yearning to Breathe Free”, a dance/audio documentary project which features the stories of three women from Colombia, Burma and Kurdistan who now all reside in Nashville, will be a part of the Picnic in the Park Series Thursday, October 24th. The performance is free and takes place between noon and 1 p.m. at Church Street Park, across from the downtown Nashville Library. Also on the bill are excerpts of “Voices of Nashville”, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s new play sharing the stories of immigrants in our community. Thanks to Metro Arts Commission and ArtOber Nashville for making this performance possible.

To see excerpts and hear more about this dance, click here: Yearning to Breathe Free

To read more about the project or to contact choreographer Amanda Cantrell Roche about booking, click here.