Dance Alive was established in 1997. A 21-year collaboration with Chattanooga Youth and Family Devolopment, the program is designed to introduce youth to the joy of dance. The Dance Alive/Elite and Talent Identification Program promote life tools to prepare young people for adulthood by providing opportunities to learn critical and creative thinking skills, commitment, responsibility, leadership skills, and a passion to excel. 

Dance Alive/Elite is a free two-week summer dance experience for children from the Greater Chattanooga area ages 8-12. The program culminates in a FREE public performance. Children selected from this introductory program can receive a Talent Identification Program scholarship that offers year-long dance study by providing elementary through professional level training in classical ballet, modern, and jazz. From 1997-2018, 420 scholarships have been awarded. 

While the organization does not expect all participants to pursue dance as a career, each TIP scholar exits the program as a self-disciplined and self-motivated individual. Alumni of these programs have received full tuition scholarships to The Ailey School Summer Intensive, the New York Joffrey School, North Carolina Dance Theater and American Ballet Theater Summer Programs, Boston Ballet's Summer Intensive, and more. 

TIP Alumni currently involved in the dance world: 

Lajeromeny Brown, ​School of American Ballet  

Fredrick Davis, Renowned guest artist, formerly Dance Theater of Harlem

LeRonnie Ervin, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Jenison Owens. Ballet Tennessee 

Forrest OliverosHong Kong Ballet

These programs are made possible in part by: ArtsBuild, George R. Johnson Foundation, Chattanooga Department of Youth & Family Development, Tennessee Arts Commission, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, First Tennessee Bank, and Suntrust Bank. To become a financial contributor of these exciting programs, please contact the offices of Ballet Tennessee at (423)-821-2055. 


2018-2019 ​Dance Alive and/or

Talent Identification Program Scholars (TIP)

Caroline Badenoch, Mesha Dockery, Mea Fountain, Monae Fountain, Elise Giles,
Nadia Giles, Elisabeth Graeber, Ta'Sean Honeysucker, Kelsea Bree Holland,
Delaney Kieu, Julia Rose Kyle, Kathryn Grace Kyle, Essence McClure,

Skylan Sapere, Makenzie Smith, DeShuna Tremble

CONGRATULATIONS and Thank You to our TIP students that exceeded their yearly volunteer hours this season! 

Mea Fountain, Monae Fountain, Nadia Giles, Elise Giles, Keslea Holland,

Kathryn-Grace Kyle, Skylan Sapere, Makenzie Smith

2019 Dance Alive Auditions  

June 10-13, 2019 

All auditions are 1:00-3:00 pm 

​June 10, 2019 - Shepard Recreation Center

June 11, 2019 - Carver Recreation Center

June 12, 2019- North Chattanooga Recreation Center

June 13, 2019- South Chattanooga Recreation Center 

2019 Dance Alive program

July 8-19, 2019   

Founders: Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura

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