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.

Blue Moves premiers five works at Nashville’s SIDESHOW Fringe Festival, August 3

Blue Moves is excited to premier five works by five choreographers at Nashville’s SIDESHOW Fringe Festival, Saturday, August 3rd, 7 p.m. at Belmont’s Black Box Theater, 1575 Compton Ave. just behind the Troutt Theater. Tickets are $10 but also require the one-time purchase of a Fringe button for $5, which gets you discounts at local bars and restaurants and helps support this festival which in turn supports lots of local artists and organizations. For more info visit

Blue Moves presents “Blue 02”

What happens when you ask five choreographers to create dances on the theme of “Air”? It turns out this concept has wildly different interpretations and inspires a broad range of creations; the action/reaction of a mother listening to her babies’ breath at night, the elation and feeling of momentary flight when falling in love (with mini trampolines!), and tumultuous relationships which end with a soul choosing to stop breathing ~ all of this becomes fodder for movement. Two choreographers connected air with social justice; the unjust taking of the last breath of family pets due only to their perceived breed, and the concept of shared air, which challenges us with the question:  should immigrants and refugees not have the same right to breathe the air of this country as those who were born here? Paired with special guests “Elephant Magnet”, an all-girl air band, and the artful pole dance of the exquisite Christy Rose and friends, Blue Moves’ “Blue O2”  takes audiences on a joyful, mindful, playful and sometimes gritty ride through an element we cannot live without.

This show contains some adult language.

Dance Descriptions

“Momentary Flight”, by Valerie Hackworth

When you fall in love you feel like you’re flying, if only for a moment.







“Yearning to Breathe Free”, by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Using recorded interviews and solo dance to portray the stories of three refugees and immigrants from Kurdistan, Burma and Colombia and framed by two group dances which pair the soloists with dancers representing the air, this piece explores our cultural prejudice and animosities towards immigrants, as well as the compelling stories of each one’s journey to make a new life in America. It challenges our commitment to the words engraved on the Statue of Liberty:  “Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” To find out more about Comprehensive Immigration Reform, click here.


“Love-A-Bull”, by Laura Filtness

The dance looks at the various roles people take in advocacy and how they intertwine. The dance has been inspired by the dog Lennox and other American Pit Bull Terriers,  who innocence and last breathe was taken due to discrimination.







“Inhale/Exhale”, by Holly Cannon- Hesse

When Blue Moves first proposed the concept of an air themed show, I immediately knew I would like to explore how the sound of a simple breath, as an action, causes a reaction. I was inspired, mostly, by my children. After the births if my two beautiful girls, I found that I was tethered to the baby monitor at night, listening for any abnormal sounds coming from the room above. I found I was unable to sleep when I turned the monitor off one night. I could not ignore how much the sounds of their breathing affected me. I am working with three different concepts in this piece; How we seem symbiotic with a group and how we move on and grow apart from them, how a simple breath connects a mother and child and how just the thought of hearing a breath behind you affects you mentally and changes your own breath pattern. 6 dancers, 12 minutes.



“One Last Breath”, by Rachel Flores
Mental Illness disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate with others, and daily functioning. It is not the result of a person’s weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. It is a very real disease for those who suffer from it. My very long lost friend, Chadwick Lewis chose to take his last breath this year. I will always love you, friend, and remember all the great, fun adventures (and misadventures) we had. This piece is inspired by him and tells of how he had so much charisma, was so much fun, yet was plagued with a darkness. To Chadwick- I miss you.



Guest Artists:

Elephant Magnet is a rockin’ all-girl air band. Need we say more?

Christy Rose, physical therapist, contemporary dancer, yoga and Pilates instructor and Fly Gym teacher at The Chrome Bar performs artful pole with friends.

Patrons of Blue O2 are encouraged to come early and attend the 6:30 p.m.Pre-Show, “Come Away, Come Away,” at no extra charge. Seating for Blue O2 should begin approximately 6:50 p.m.

All photos by Martin O’Connor.


Blue Moves premiers “Momentary Flight” at Women’s Works 2013

Blue Moves premiers Valerie Hackworth’s “Momentary Flight”, a dance which captures the euphoria and sense of flight of falling in love, as part of Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s “Women’s Works 2013”, Saturday May 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN. Tickets are $5 and other artists on the program include JJ Dance Works, Heritage Dance Project, Core Project Nashville, Salsa Fierce, Husted Dance, Kristen Leophard and Reasons Contemporary Dance Ensemble performing choreography by Marci Murphree and Holly Cannon Hesse.

“Momentary Flight’ is one of five Blue Moves premiers for our upcoming show on the theme of air, “Blue O2”, which will be part of SIDESHOW Fringe Festival August 1-4th, 2013.

Momentary Flight. Photo by Martin O'Connor

Blue Moves Company Auditions, January 20th, 2013

As we explore the theme of “Air” we are creating choreography for a show slated for the first weekend in August.  On Sunday, January 20th we will hold auditions  interested male and female contemporary/modern dancers to see if the company is a good fit for you, and if you are a good fit for the company.  Auditions will be at MTSU’s Murphy Center, Dance Studio B, from 5-6:30 p.m. Company rehearsals are every Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. and regular attendance is required for all company members. Dancers need to be available through early August 2013 minimally, and ideally for longer-term company commitment. Performances in April and May are also likely. We are unable to regularly pay our dancers, but company members who dance with Blue Moves for one year are permitted to set choreography on the company. For more information contact Amanda Cantrell Roche at [email protected] or Holly Cannon Hesse at [email protected]