In the fall, the company presents a program of Southern-inspired works featuring George Balanchine's Square Dance (performed with a live caller), artistic director Paul Vasterling's The Night of the Iguana, and a collaboration between choreographer Sarah Slipper and songwriters Guy Clark and Darrell Scott.
The winter program features Vasterling's Firebird and Salvatore Aiello's The Rite of Spring; in the spring, the company presents Messiah, with music performed by the Nashville Symphony, and The Velveteen Rabbit.
In October 2005, the company will tour Argentina and Uruguay with a program that includes a suite of ballets set to country and folk music.
Vasterling spent three months in Argentina last summer laying the ground for the tour, and for further cultural exchange. An Argentinean dancer will join Nashville Ballet this summer, and an Argentinean ballet master will teach in the company's school this summer as well.
He has no plans yet, however, to bring a South American dancer into the company permanently. "[I'm] pretty happy with the company right now," he told the Tennessean. "That's not something pressing, bringing dancers up here to work. What a great resource to have, though. Who knows what could happen?"