3202 Kelly's Ferry Rd. Chattanooga TN 37419 US
Phone:  423-821-2055

Fax:  423-821-2156
E-mail: - Executive/Artistic Director

E-mail: - Programs Administrator

Email: - Ballet Administrator

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Ballet Tennessee is a funded agency of Arts Build, Tennessee Arts Commission, George R. Johnson Family Foundation, Coca~Cola Bottling Company, Elea Blake Cosmetics, First Tennessee, National Endowment for the Arts, Mustang Leadership Project, Patten & Patten, SunTrust Bank, Performing Arts League, corporate grants, and through individual donor support.

The VanCuras founded a school and company, Ballet Midwest, in Chicago.  They were the directors of National Academy of Dance, a community and high school boarding program in Champaign, IL.  They have been on the faculty of: University of Illinois, Youngstown State University of Ohio, Columbia College of Illinois, Rockford College of Illinois, They worked as artists in the WolfTrap Institute and in the Headstart Program in Chattanooga.  They attended the 1998 and 2000 International Ballet Conference in Vail, Colorado, 1999 Teacher Seminar in Chautauqua, New York, and 2003 and 2007 National Conference of Dance/USA.  They served as judges and guest instructors for Dance Masters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  Anna is a resident guest instructor for Center of Creative Arts High School, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The VanCuras received the Margaret Martin Award from the Tennessee Association of Dance in recognition of Outstanding Service to Dance in Tennessee. 

Ballet Tennessee’s mini-documentary, Power of Dance, won a 2007 Telly Award.  Ballet Tennessee won the WTCI “Be More Enriched Award” in 2010 and “Be More Innovative Award” in 2012.  Ballet Tennessee’s 2010 Nutcracker featuring New York City Ballet’s principal dancers, Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle and Fredrick Davis of Dance Theater of Harlem, was filmed by WTCI and shown locally and nationally throughout the Christmas season.


Barry VanCura & Anna Baker VanCura


Based in Chattanooga since 1987, Ballet Tennessee embodies the spirit of community through dance by fulfilling its mission with professional track, outreach and educational programs, plus well-crafted performances. With the belief that "Everyone benefits from ballet," all projects have strong elements of outreach to under-served audiences, youth-programming, and arts in education.

our story

The minute you feel comfortable and approach class with a 'I know how to do this' attitude, that is when the artist within is asleep.  Repetition is necessary to build a solid foundation of dance.  

How do you develop your artistry?

Arrive each day filled with curiosity about what is to come, bring 100% of yourself to dance, be open to learning (this also means accepting corrections and guidance with grace), and believe in YOURSELF.


~Anna Baker-VanCura, Executive Director


accept guidance and believe in YOURSELF


Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive

Dance Alive

Talent Identification Program

Lecture Demonstrations

Master Classes

Outreach Education

Conservatory Training


City of Chattanooga's Department of Youth & Family Development, Chattanooga Boy's Choir, Chattanooga Christian School, Center for Creative Arts, Creative Discovery Museum, Mountain Arts Community Center, and Siskin Children's Institute

The mission of Ballet Tennessee is to make a positive impact on people of all ages, races, abilities, and economic levels through the art of ballet by providing quality 

performance and instruction