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One of the best benefits to living in the south is, undoubtedly, the weather. And any one in Nashville can take advantage of this Saturday, while getting their dance fill simultaneously. In honor of the centennial celebration of Nashville’s historic Shelby Park, Andrew Krichels brought together 5 different dance companies from around Nashville to meld with the natural scenery and further inspire the beauty of the park. Krichels, who is originally from the northeast and who had an extensive dance career dancing with many companies in New York City as well as teaching at Lincoln Center, is now a Nashville native who loves the greenways and wanted to bring dance back to nature using Shelby Park as a canvas.

Krichels says “Sometimes it feels as though people dress up and go to a concert hall to get their art like a flu shot. This is an attempt to truly involve people in a living, breathing way, exploring a beautiful path inhabited by talented dancers performing beautiful, accessible pieces.” Viewers can expect some fantastic surprises on their journey through Shelby Park; Nashville Ballet II will perform choreography by Banning Bouldin on an island, aerial dancers from FALL will soar in the trees, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville will line the path toward a cave, and Company Rose will flock on the shores of a lake, just to name a few. It is sure to be a wonderful day, full of fresh air and fantastic movement. If you will be in the Nashville area this Saturday, October 13 then head over to Shelby Park from 10:30-12 and reconnect with nature and fuel your dancing feet.

Nashville’s Shelby Park

Written by Keenan Mclaren

Keenan McLaren is from Boston, MA where she began her ballet training at the age of 8. She trained at the Boston Ballet School for 10 years, and upon graduating from high school, secured a job as an apprentice with Ballet Austin II. After one season in Austin, Keenan then joined Dayton Ballet, where she danced for 5 seasons, performing many principal and soloist roles, as well as had many roles created on her by such choreographers as Christopher Fleming, Gregory Robinson, Steven Mills, Jeffrey Hughes, and Alan Hineline. In the fall of 2010, Keenan moved to Philadelphia to join the newly established BalletFleming, where she had the opportunity to dance many principal roles as well and set and ballet mistress many of Mr. Fleming’s works. For the upcoming season, Keenan is thrilled to be joining Nashville Ballet.
In her free time, Keenan is an avid yogi and yoga teacher, having just completed her training with Baron Baptiste. She is also a huge foodie and loves cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, especially with raw and vegan foods. Keenan also loves photography, particularly black and white film. In 2008, she won a Dance Magazine Photo contest and hopes to one day become a dance photographer.