Nia Sanders

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary- Wednesday, July 10

With her focus and experience in modern and contemporary techniques, this class will focus on musicality, grounding movement through all elements of the body, and using the breath as a means to not only expand the body’s range but also bring flow to combinations/choreography. This class will begin by grounding dancers in their bodies and in the room through a walking improvisation, and will build from there to stabilize them in the movement and challenge the ways that they interact with the music. The class will include contemporary adagio, floorwork, and movement that stretches classical ballet lines, while encouraging dancers to take ownership of how they traverse and occupy the space. The class will end with excerpts of original choreography and will allow the dancers to work in and through the music as their bodies tell the story.

Nia began her dance training at the age of 5, and joined Ballet Tennessee as a student when she was 9 under the direction of Anna and Barry VanCura. The Chattanooga native continued to study with Ballet TN until graduating from high school in 2015. She performed in a variety of ballet, contemporary, modern dance, and jazz roles as a member of the training program and the company. During high school, her dance training was continued during the school day as a student at Girls Preparatory School and a member of Terpsichord Modern Dance Company. In Terpsichord, she focused on modern and contemporary techniques, as well as finding her choreographic voice through group pieces and solo work. In 2014, she won the Cathie Ault Kasch Student Choreography Award in 2014 for her group piece titled “Locked”. She attended many summer intensives over the years, including BTSI, Complexions Contemporary Dance Intensive, Interlochen School of the Arts Summer Intensive, and Archcore40 in New York City. 
Nia graduated from Brown University as a member of the class of 2019 with degrees in Computer Science and Performance Studies. During her time in undergrad, she focused on refining her performance skills and musicality, as well as incorporating improvisation and performance theory into her dance practice. She danced throughout her four years as a member of Dance Extension, Brown’s oldest and only modern repertory company. Through this company, she performed works choreographed by Robert Battle, David Parsons, Donald McKayle, and many others through the American Dance Legacy Initiative. She has had many opportunities to continue her choreographic journey as well, most recently choreographing a 20 minute piece titled Where do “I” go from here?.
Since graduation, she has spent the summer working as an instructor with Ballet Tennessee’s Dance Alive. In August, she will be moving permanently to New York City to work as a full-time Software Engineer at Google and to continue working on her artistic craft. More information about Nia as well as selections of her work can be found at niaesanders.com.

JULY MASTER CLASS SERIES 

Jere Hunt

Intermediate/Advanced Modern-

 Tuesday, July 16
Jere Hunt, a native of Huntsville, AL, received his BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. He has been a member of Rioult Dance New York since August 2010, which regularly tours domestically and internationally, and was privileged to set Rioult’s signature work, Bolero, on students at Adelphi University. Mr. Hunt has danced with Vera Huff/Veracity Dance Theater, SYREN Modern Dance, DeMa Dance, the Alabama Ballet, as well as many independent choreographers. He is also featured in the music video for “Truth Is” by UK singer-songerwriter Stealth. Hunt is frequently seen as a guest artist with Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in their annual performance of The Nutcracker and as “Bob Cratchit" in Ballet Tennessee's production of A Christmas Carol.  In the past has also been seen as a guest artist with City Center Ballet, Huntsville Ballet, and Alabama Youth Ballet.

Mr. Hunt has taught for the Rioult Dance NY Summer and Winter Intensives and has been on the Summer Intensive guest faculty at Ballet Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lebanon Ballet School in New Hampshire, teaching ballet, pointe, jazz and Graham-based modern. He has also been a guest teacher and lecturer at Marymount Manhattan College, Curry College, Eglevsky Ballet School, Lee High Magnet and Grissom High Schools, and many dance schools and studios in Huntsville, AL. As a choreographer, he has created works for the students at Ballet Tennesee, Images and Co. 2 Dance Ensembles at Grissom High School, and the Lee High School Magnet Dance Ensemble Minor Company. His piece, Acceptance, won “Best Modern Piece” at the Panoply Choreography Competition in 2013. He is a member of the Dance Department Advisory Board at Marymount Manhattan College. www.jerehunt.com
 

Aaron Allen

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Jazz- Tuesday, July 2
Contemporary Jazz is a technique course that is taught through many different lenses. While in this course you will use improvisation, african diasporic styles, ballet, modern, and a sprinkle of musical theatre. This course is designed to teach you how to digest different styles while maintaining a jazz vocabulary. 


Aaron began his dance training at the age of thirteen in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He studied on a scholarship at Ballet Tennessee and attended Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts. Since then Aaron, has received his Bachelors in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. While at Middle Tennessee State University Aaron toured both nationally and internationally to China in the summer of 2012, as a member of MTSU Dance Theatre. Aaron recently received his MFA from CU- Boulder with a concentration in Dance Performance and Choreography, Aaron also minored in Multi-Media forms. During the spring of 2017 Aaron, taught and presented work at the American College Dance Festival. Aaron is now working as an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University. 

Sarah Yvonne Chappell

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet-

 Monday, July 15
Master Class :
Therapeutic Barre, Roger’s Plies, a Technical, Grounded, Full Barre and Centre; finished with an original Contemporary Combo et Reverence.


Southern born, mother, proprietress, former Soloist for the Alabama Ballet under Wes Chapman, choreographer, and life-long-learner
Founder, Artistic Director and Ballet Master at Ballet Esprit
Byproduct of Ben Stevenson (Houston Ballet) Kenn and Sue Tolle (Ballet Magnificat!), Lauri Worrill-Biggs, (Jeoffry) Roger VanFleteren (American Ballet Theatre) and Wes Chapman’s (Revolutionary Principals of Movement) influence in the technique, athleticism, artistry and performance of classical and modern ballet.
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified
Ashtanga Yogini
Pina Bausch obsessed
Assertive Advocate for the local, progressive, performing arts
Earth Sign
Cat Lover
French in a former life
“I’d rather be outside.”
Values 
Barre // Home, Roots, Nourishment, Fresh Air & the Joy of Discipline
Centre // Application, Traveling, Exploring, & Discovery
Rehearsal // The Beauty of Process & Creation
Performance // Joy, Satisfaction, Gratitude and Giving                  

Jenison Owens

Intermediate/Advanced Modern- Tuesday, July 9

Jenison's class will include a center warm up, a Prelude & Percussive Stroke Study, along with across the floor &

a choreography combination.

Jenison focuses on the Horton Technique style of modern


Jenison Owens began her training in 2003 through the Dance Alive and TIP Scholarship Program at Ballet Tennessee, under the direction of Barry and Anna VanCura. She was featured in many roles as a company member and professional training student, and assisted Barry VanCura in the musical productions of The Broadway Project (2011) and Aida (2012) at Covenant College. Ms. Owens began her teaching/choreography career in 2013 and served as faculty member at Ballet Tennessee, Weave Dance Company, and Creative Arts Guild. She has studied with The Ailey School, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and Weave Dance Company. Ms. Owens holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and founded an immersive visual and performing arts production,"Celebrations: a Community Collaboration," in 2018. Ms. Owens is delighted to serve as Program Administrator, professional dancer and faculty member at Ballet Tennessee.

Ballet Tennessee is excited to host our annual July Master Class Series! Several master classes will be held during the month of July and are open to the public.

All classes are from 6:30-8:00 pm at Ballet Tennessee


Classes are $15 each. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling the office at 423-821-2055 or emailing balletoffice@ballettennessee.org. Cash/Card accepted only. 


Monday, July 1 - Intermediate Hip Hop

with Jerigray Eduave

Tuesday, July 2- Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Jazz

with Aaron Allen

Monday, July 8- Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

with Catherine Gaudreau

Tuesday, July 9- Intermediate/Advanced Modern

with Jenison Owens

Wednesday, July 10- Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary 

​with Nia Sanders 

​Monday, July 15- Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet

with Sarah Yvonne Chappell

Tuesday, July 16- Intermediate/Advanced Modern

with Jere Hunt

Wednesday, July 17- Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop

with Kenny Keawekane


Read more about the Faculty members and their classes below! 

Catherine Gaudreau

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet- Monday, July 8

​Catherine Goduco Gaudreau was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied ballet with Anna Marie and David Holmes and furthered her studies at the Nutmeg Conservatory under the tutelage of Sharon Dante. She attended the School of American Ballet as well as North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet and danced numerous leading roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppelia, just to name a few. She also danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” and “Tarantella.” She had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Vicente Nebrada, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin when she was a soloist with Ballet Florida dancing ballets such as “Our Waltzes” by Nebrada, “Lady of the Camellias” by Caniparoli and Smuin’s “Quattro a Verdi.” Catherine also excelled in principal roles in contemporary works choreographed my Mauricio Wainrot, Johann Renvall and William Soleau. She has guested with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Los Angeles Classical Ballet as well as the Tupelo Ballet and other companies throughout the South.
Catherine trained with Ruth Petronovic in the Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) that honors all traditions of ballet and is based on anatomy and kinesiology. She was a coach for the United States team for the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland 2001. She was a faculty member at the Alabama Ballet School and taught in their professional division as well as their summer intensive program.
Ms. Goduco-Gaudreau is happily married to her husband of 10 years, Matt and they have a daughter named Ava.​

Jerigray Eduave

Intermediate Hip Hop- Monday, July 1 

Jerigray's class will include Across the Floor fundamental variations and choreography. The choreography will be a mixture of

grooving, popping and isolations. 


Jerigray Eduave began dancing and choreographing at 15 years old through online tutorials. He joined his High School’s dance team and a competition studio, Platinum Dance Studio, where he competed with a self choreographed solo. He continued his training with Weave: a Conceptual Dance Company in Chattanooga and eventually transitioned into their professional tier and began teaching Hip Hop and Contemporary. Jerigray has performed with the production company Pop-up Project and musical artists Evan Acklin and as creative director and choreographer for Brad QK. Jerigray was a part of the core faculty for Millennium Dance Complex (MDC) Nashville

and co-director of Celebrations.

Founders: Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura

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