Neoclassical ballet

Centennial Youth Ballet presents Illuminations

Join the Centennial Youth Ballet for Illuminations, a mixed performance of classical and contemporary works at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater, April 22-24, 2022. Katie Eliason stages an uplifting excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty in which the fairies perform a high – wild dance for the wedding of Princess Aurore and Prince Désiré. It also stages an extract from Act III of Le Corsaire in which Seyd, a pasha, dreams of Medora and Gulnare dancing in a flowery garden. Illuminations also presents three original works by Andrea Greene, Daniella Parisot and Phylicia Roybal. Greene’s neo-classical work for five dancers emphasizes sharpness and lines in a style made famous by George Balanchine, while Parisot’s more contemporary approach to ballet includes floor work and innovative partnerships. Roybal and twelve dancers have created a piece (including a filmed element) in response to living across endless borders and limitations over the past two years and say, “We have rebuilt a world in which our isolation has left us enabled us to find dimension within ourselves and within our communities.” Christen Heilman decorates the concert with her stunning creations. Experience the versatility and artistry of our talented young dancers in a performance appropriate and captivating for all ages.


  • Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday April 23, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2:00 p.m.


Z. Alexander Looby Theater
2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.


  • $15 Adults
  • $10 Children 12 and under

Public ticket sales begin Monday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door once online sales have ended.

To buy tickets or 1-800-838-3006 ext 1

For more information about the Metro Parks Dance Division or Centennial Youth Ballet, please visit, find us on Facebook or Instagram @MetroDanceNashville, or call Dance Division Supervisor Kathryn Wilkening at 615- 862-8439.