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A hectic, exciting season for the Nashville Ballet

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Things are a little crazy around Nashville Ballet’s office and studios just now, but it’s a good kind of crazy.

The ballet is in the midst of its busiest season as it prepares to stage this year’s production of the Nutcracker. Hundreds of extra dancers are in the facility each week for rehearsals.

The ballet also recently purchased the other half of the building it occupies in West Nashville and is in the process of converting that space into new studios.

Then this past week the ballet announced that it was the beneficiary of a million dollar fundraising challenge gift. Between now and early January the ballet needs to raise a million dollars to meet that challenge.

The ballet’s artistic director, Paul Vasterling, says expanding the ballet school is a major priority.

“We’re going from three-and-a-half studios, more or less, to seven, and so it’s really a big expansion of what we are doing in the community. Plus adding things like restrooms and making it much more inviting for people to come into us and experience the art of ballet.”

Vasterling says the Nashville Ballet has thru January 6th to match the million dollar challenge gift.