ballet tennessee & the community 

"HOPE" - A film highlighting the history and culture of MLK BLVD in Chattanooga, TN.

Created and Produced by The Pop-up Project Directors: Jules Downum and Mattie Waters

Director of Photography: Tim Cofield

“Move On Up”

Produced by Summer Dregs

Lead Vocals - Nikki Ellis

Background Vocals - Paul Smallman

Drums- Joshua Caleb Green

Guitar- Johnny Cate

Lead Choreographer: Jenison Owens

Principal Dancers: Aaron Allen, Nia Sanders, Jenison Owens, Damien Chaney, Isaiah Russell, Crystal Newson

Student Performers: 2019 Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive Student Ensemble: Angie McArdle, Sadie Buhrman, Lovest Hogstrom, Delaney Kieu, Addison McMullin, Skylan Sapere, Mesha Dockery, Kelsea Holland, Kathryn Grace Kyle, Madeline Claire Stefaniuk, Eric Sumner, Ta’sean Honeysucker

2019 Ballet Tennessee’s Dance Alive

Original Spoken Word: Arche Twitty

Editor: Jerigray Eduave

Sound Engineer: Levi Carter

Collaborators: Ballet Tennessee Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Thank you to the following... Elijah Cameron Paula Wilkes Virgil McGee Adam Newport Michele Dockery Susan Holland Caroline Giles Wendy Morgan Maddi Lane April Sumner Ann Cater Callie Sprague Kreneshia Whiteside Roger and Julie Brown James and Rhonda Catanzaro Catherine Townsend Kim Tilly Brenda Easton Paul and Emily Campbell Mia and David Littlejohn Ellyn Brooks Corey Evatt Darin Wright Teal Thibaud Madeline Phillips Monica Ellis Live and Let Live Barbershop

Special thanks to our sponsors… Community Foundation Footprints Foundation Collective Clothing Chattanooga Theatre Centre

FALL 2019

July 27              

SPLASH Summer Arts Festival, 12:40-1:10 pm at Miller Park

 July 31                              

Youth & Family Development Performance, 10:30 am at First TN Pavilion 

August 5                       

Any Given Child Art Expo, 11am-1 pm at Hixson High School 

S​eptember 28-29           

Tennessee Dance Festival  at Nashville Ballet

October 3

Chattanooga Dances at Center for Creative Arts


October 19                     

Arts for Cares 2019 with Cempa at The Read House

December 4-7

Singing Christmas Tree with Chattanooga Boys Choir 

February 29

TIP Performance at Orchard Knob Baptist Church

March 1

Ballet Tennessee Company Performance at "The Road" Arts Show, 3:00 pm, SPOT Venue

2019-2020 events

Throughout the year, Ballet Tennessee is a part of various performances and events around the Chattanooga community.

You can meet Ballet Tennessee and watch a performance at the events listed below: 

Founders: Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura

(423) 821-2055 ~ 3202 Kelly's Ferry Rd. Chattanooga, TN, 37419 

"ANCHORS" - The Pop-up Project partnered with BALLET TENNESSEE to produce "Anchors," a dance film honoring the fallen five. This project was filmed at the Sculpture Fields in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 13, 2018 and the film was released on July 20, 2018. 

Artistic Directors: Jules Downum and Mattie Waters
Director of Photography & Editing : 
Tim Cofield
Jules Downum, Mattie Waters, Emma Pannkuk and Maddi Lane
Music by: 
Tim Cofield
Principle Dancers: (In order of Appearance)
Fred Davis, Emma Pannkuk, Hannah Locke, Jerigray Eduave, Jenison Owens,Maddi Lane, Chloe Russell
Featured Dancers: (In Order of Appearance)
Kelsea Holland, Elise Giles and Trinity Stone, Mesha Dockey, Ta'sean Honeysucker
Student Performers:
2018 Ballet Tennessee's Dance Alive/Dance Elite Students, 2018 Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive Programs
Ballet Tennessee (Anna Baker-Vancura, Co-Founder/Executive/Artistic Director, Brittany J. Mills, Programs Administrator), Sculpture Fields, Elea Blake
Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Janyne Preston and Bryan Preston, Arts Build, City of Chattanooga