Our History

1973
2017
1973

About

Chattanooga Ballet is recognized as one of Tennessee’s leading dance organizations.

Founded in 1973, the School principally focuses on the instruction and training of dancers in classical ballet with offerings in ballet technique, pointe and variations.  Supplemental classes are offered in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Jazz, and Modern technique.  Former students have gone on to perform professionally in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Birmingham, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Begun in 1980, the Company is composed of professional dancers and advanced level students.  The Company performs both classical and contemporary works and seeks to enhance the quality of dance in our region through the commissioning of new works in ballet, jazz and modern dance.  The Company presents an annual production of The Nutcracker, a choreographer’s concert, classical ballets, lecture demonstrations, and school performances.

The Chattanooga Ballet School Ensemble (CBSE) is the training company of the Chattanooga Ballet School. It is comprised of Intermediate I level dancers and above who have reached a higher level of technique and commitment. CBSE is designed to give a few more hours per week to their dancing. CBSE members are featured in Chattanooga Ballet concerts as well as community service and collaborative performances with other local arts organizations.

2017

About

Chattanooga Ballet is recognized as one of Tennessee’s leading dance organizations.

Founded in 1973, the School principally focuses on the instruction and training of dancers in classical ballet with offerings in ballet technique, pointe and variations.  Supplemental classes are offered in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Jazz, and Modern technique.  Former students have gone on to perform professionally in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Birmingham, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Begun in 1980, the Company is composed of professional dancers and advanced level students.  The Company performs both classical and contemporary works and seeks to enhance the quality of dance in our region through the commissioning of new works in ballet, jazz and modern dance.  The Company presents an annual production of The Nutcracker, a choreographer’s concert, classical ballets, lecture demonstrations, and school performances.

The Chattanooga Ballet School Ensemble (CBSE) is the training company of the Chattanooga Ballet School. It is comprised of Intermediate I level dancers and above who have reached a higher level of technique and commitment. CBSE is designed to give a few more hours per week to their dancing. CBSE members are featured in Chattanooga Ballet concerts as well as community service and collaborative performances with other local arts organizations.

Faculty and Staff

Bob Willie

General Director

Joellen Wojtowicz

School, Outreach, CBSE Director

Andrew Parker

Company Artistic Director

Karen Smith

Children’s Company Founding Director

Dillon Davis

Company and Faculty

Kirsten Hyde

Company Member

Caroline Blair

Company and Faculty

Samantha Sole

Company and Faculty

Nena Widtfedlt

Company and Faculty

Abigail Haynes

Company Apprentice and Faculty

Amanda Patton

Faculty

Ashley Tisdale

Faculty

Our Sponsors

Our Passion for what we do transfers into our Performances

Our Facility

The William L. Montague Jr. Center for the Dance

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Directions Chattanooga Ballet’s home, The William L. Montague Jr. Center for the Dance, is located at 817B North Market Street.

The facility includes two dance studios, a creative movement studio, dressing room, costume storage area and a spacious waiting room..  Parking is available in a lot behind the building.

 

Venues

Going to see Chattanooga Ballet is an event, and we want your experience to be an enjoyable one. Before attending one of our performances, new audience members may want to take a glance at the following helpful information.

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From 1920s “picture palace” to community showplace for the 21st century, the Tivoli still offers Chattanoogans the finest in entertainment and cultural events. The Tivoli is the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, and also welcomes a wide variety of touring companies each year. With offerings from blues to bluegrass and classical to country; plus dance, opera and the best of Broadway, the Tivoli is at the center of Chattanooga’s cultural life. Its elegance and intimacy have made it a favorite of audiences and performers alike. CLICK HERE for more info and directions.

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The Fine Arts Center houses three main venues: The Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall, The Dorothy Hackett Ward Theater, and the George Ayers Cress Gallery of Art.The Hayes Concert Hall, which seats 505, is named after tenor Roland Hayes, the first male African-American concert artist to receive worldwide recognition. Over 200 performances each year occur in the Hayes Concert Hall through the Patten Performances, the Department of Music, Cadek Conservatory and other University and community events. It is the primary performance hall for the Department of Music and the primary on-campus venue for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series. CLICK HERE for more info and directions.