Performing Arts Studios


Metro Parks Dance

The Metro Parks Dance Division provides high-quality, affordable dance training to children and adults in a supportive environment and resources to local dance artists for work development; and develops educated dance audience members. Through a wide variety of classes, a Mini-Nutcracker and Spring Concert performed by Centennial Youth Ballet annually, partnerships with Nashville-based dance companies, and events that foster critical discussion about the art form, we aim to serve toddlers to seniors, novices to professionals, and everything in between. Learn more at or contact us at 615-862-8439

Black Box Theater

A welcome addition to the performing arts scene in Nashville, the Centennial Black Box Theater located in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios (map image) at 211 27th Ave N, and is designed to accommodate smaller productions and more intimate audiences. The simple 10-foot by 20-foot stage will accommodate a broad range of performances, from unique music offerings, to small-cast theatrical productions, with room for all sorts of arts education and outreach programs in between. Eventually the space will be home to both Parks' Cultural Arts-generated events and programming, as well as being a space that showcases works from our partner organizations.

The Ben & Morey Show

Nashville's Late Night Talk Show every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Interesting guests, live music and two amazing hosts. Your one stop shop for all things awesome in Nashville and for only $10? What a deal. View additional details.


Greenhouse is presented by Nashville Story Garden, a new monthly series allowing writers and actors to participate in the process of new play development. Writers are encouraged to bring their work (even just a few pages) and actors will read them aloud. There will then be a critical response process to the selections, giving writers a chance to hear thoughts on their work. All are welcome to attend and participate. Every second Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Tales From The Flip-Side

Based on the new anthology book series of the same title, Tales From The Flip-Side stars award-winning actor, singer, and magician John Pyka as the zoot-suited ex-gangster turned entertainer "Big Daddy Cool!" Music. Magic. Prohibition. Gangsters and Masked Vigilantes. It's stories of high stakes adventure in an alternate history "Dieselpunk" Chicago! Join us for this monthly live show every 4th Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 at the door or buy tickets to Tales from the Flip-Side online

Metro Parks Music

The Metro Parks Music department provides recreational music opportunities to Nashville and its surrounding communities. This includes lessons, musical ensemble participation, performances, and connecting and networking with the local music community. We provide a friendly and safe environment for beginners and advanced musicians alike to play, learn, and share musical experiences. Music is a life-long journey and we're here to get you started, to be another stop along the way, or simply offer you quality musical performances to enjoy. Contact us at: 615-862-8440

Centennial jamBands

Nashville's Metro Parks Music's Centennial jamBands are open to any Davidson County resident age 8 to 18. Weekly hour-long sessions are held at Centennial Park's Arts Activity Center. There is no charge for these sessions, but the students must have knowledge of their instruments before entering the program.

Metro Parks Music instructors Sam Frazee and Shannon Williford bring over forty years of music and education experience to jamBand camp.

Centennial jamBand students perform upwards of 20 dates a year; playing parks, libraries, schools and festivals around the Middle Tennessee area.

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Free Form Friday

Metro Parks Music presents Free Form Friday. This series provides a platform for performing artists whose style is (for lack of a better phrase) out of the box. It is really all about offering a unique experience while giving artists that are out of the mainstream, yet still creating relevant and interesting art, a place to perform and share their ideas.

Acoustic Pickin' Party

This is held every Tuesday evening from 7 - 8 p.m. in the CBB. Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. All styles of music welcome, including originals. Great for ear training, developing chops, and learning new tunes. Relaxed environment similar to porch-sitting and pickin' with friends. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 and up. Hosted by Mike Teaney, Metro Parks Music.