Monica Coulter holds a BFA and MFA in Ballet from TCU. With over 25 years experience onstage, she has performed with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, TX, Chattanooga Ballet, Ballet Tennessee and the Civic Ballet in Chattanooga. Teaching credits include TCU, UTC and several local private studios, as well as in Cleveland, TN and Dalton, GA.Most recently Monica has added multiple training certifications in PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) teaching adults at The Wellness Corner in Chattanooga, weaving in this new methodology into her Classical Barre classes. "Training the pre-professional dancer with PBT has become my personal mission!” She currently lives in Harrison, TN with her husband, Monte.
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.
Anna Baker Van-Cura began her dance training with Josephine Schwarz in Dayton, Ohio. She was selected by Frederic Franklin for a Ford Foundation Scholarship with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C. in 1964. She was accepted into Ruth Page’s International Ballet Company in 1965 where she rose from corps de ballet to principal dancer. Ruth Page created several roles for Ms. VanCura. In Ms. Page’s autobiography she mentions Anna Baker as her “favorite dancer.” Ms. VanCura also danced with American Ballet Theater, under the direction of Lucia Chase, in New York and on tour. She appeared with St. Paul Municipal Theater and St. Louis Municipal Opera in roles such as Jeanne in Brigadoon and Louise in Carousel with John Davidson. Ms. VanCura also appeared for many season with Chicago Lyric Opera and Cincinnati Summer Opera. She was on the faculty of Ruth Page Foundation, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, Bill Evans Dance Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Memphis Dance Alliance, Northwest Florida Ballet, Tennessee Association of Dance Conference, and BalletFest Summer Intensive in Atlanta, GA. Mrs. VanCura attended the teacher conference in Russia on the first three years of Soviet method training.
Monday, July 1 - Friday, July 19, 2019
Ballet Tennessee’s nationally acclaimed Summer Intensive (BTSI) is
a three-week dance intensive featuring a comprehensive program including
ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, improvisations, classical variations, hip-hop,
student choreography, and guest/faculty choreography.
BTSI continues its 22-year history of bringing
acclaimed national and regional guest artists to Chattanooga.
2019 Guest Faculty
More outstanding faculty to be announced.
All faculty biographies are listed below.
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 currently serves as Program Administrator, professional dancer and faculty member at Ballet Tennessee.
Lauren White started her dance training in 1996 under direction of Barry and Anna VanCura with the Ballet Tennessee Conservatory. She had the opportunity to be a part of the outreach performance programs with the Hamilton County School System, as well as many performances and showcases throughout Chattanooga's city events featuring Ballet Tennessee. With Ballet Tennessee she danced as a company member and had many lead roles such as Bluebird in Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood in Cinderella, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol, Sugar Plum Doll and Soldier Doll in Nutcracker and many others. Lauren graduated from The Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts majoring in Dance, and attended Birmingham Southern College studying under Mira Popovich, a former prima ballerina with Serbian National Ballet, as a dance major and education minor. She has also taken workshops and summer intensives with Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Virginia School of the Arts. Lauren joyfully started teaching in 2016 and is proud to have joined Ballet Tennessee's program this year, as well as serve as an Office Administrator.
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
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019
Founders: Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura
(423) 821-2055 ~ 3202 Kelly's Ferry Rd. Chattanooga, TN, 37419