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, First Tennessee, National Endowment for the Arts, Mustang Leadership Project, Patten & Patten, SunTrust Bank, corporate grants, and through individual donor support.

Photo:  Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura in Firebird, Ballet Midwest, 1984

Photo: Anna Baker-VanCura dancing in 'Burlesk' choreographed by Larry Long (1979) for Chicago's Ballet Midwest.



Mr. VanCura has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts. His early training in Chicago began with teachers: Edward Parish, Bernice Holmes and Loretto Rozak. He was selected by New York's David Howard to be an apprentice for the Harkness Ballet.

Professional Credits:

    * Eglevsky Ballet of New York
    * Chicago Ballet
    * Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet
    * Indianapolis Ballet Theater
    * Milwaukee Ballet
    * Tucson Ballet

Mr. VanCura has choreographed musical theater and opera, as well as classical and contemporary ballet. He is instructor for the  Stage Dance Course at Covenant College and is choreographer for the annual musical theater presentation.His ballet,Amethyst, (which was a UTC collaboration) was televised nationally on Public Television. It won an Arts Award in South Carolina and commendation in New York. 

His works, Pocahontas, won first place in the modern category in 1998, Consolation won first place in ballet in 2007, and Concerto won first in the ballet in 2012 at the PANOPLY Choreography Competition.  

​His ballets, Tennessee Tribute (2002) and Ecclesia (1995) were selected at the competitions as finalists. Yellow (2007), Love Songs (2005),The Genie's Wish (2003) and Free Spirits (1994) also received Honorable Mentions at PANOPLY.

His ballet about the holocaust, Gahelet, won "Best Dance Drama" in the Zoie Film Festival of Atlanta in 1999. 

Photo:  Anna Baker, Orrin Kayan and Janine Granger in Frederick Ashton's Monotones for Chicago Ballet, 1974


Ms. VanCura trained with Josephine and Hermene Schwarz of Dayton, Ohio. She was selected by Frederic Franklin for a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study in Washington D.C.

Professional Credits:

    * Ruth Page's International Ballet
    * American Ballet Theater
    * National Ballet of Washington D.C.
    * Chicago Ballet
    * Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet

Ms. VanCura was on the faculty of the Unversity of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She was recognized as Artist in Education by Ohio Arts Council and served on the Dance Panel. She remains an out-of-state consultant.

She studied in Russia on the first three years of the Soviet method of training. A popular guest master teacher, Ms. Van Cura has taught for the Tennessee Association of Dance, Bill Evans Summer Dance Institute, Memphis Dance Alliance, and Northwest Ballet of Florida.

She received her third Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts as one of the state's outstanding educators. She was awarded along with 10 prominent women leaders in Chattanooga the 'Unbought and Unbossed Award from Girls Inc.