Founders: Anna Baker-VanCura & Barry VanCura

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




Our Summer Intensive is a unique 3-week program that offers a rigorous curriculum taught by instructors of the highest professional caliber. The schedule consists of daily ballet and pointe technique classes plus modern, jazz, improvisation, classical variations, student choreography, and faculty repertoire.

We are also excited to offer the New Adult program as part of the intensive for the 2nd year! The program is for adults of all ages and levels that are looking for serious training this summer! No audition required for the adult program.

Video auditions are accepted, please contact the office for more details.

BTSI Program: July 6-24, 2020

Mikhail Ilyin
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mikhail graduated with a BA from Vaganova Ballet Academy. Mikhail won Gold Medal at the 'Vaganova-Prix" Competition (1998). He danced with Mariinsky Ballet while also studying with Vaganova Academy. Mikhail started his professional career in the US when he joined Boston Ballet in 1999. He was awarded a diploma at the Paris Competition, won highest awarded prize - Silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition (2000), won the Bronze at the Jackson IBC(2002). In 2001, he became a soloist and then a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet and performed a wide variety of the leading repertoire. In addition in 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the 'to watching' dancers of today. Mr. Ilyin finished his professional performance career with the American Ballet Theatre. Mikhail has been teaching ballet and other dance related disciplines since 2004. He also performed as guest artist all around the US and across Europe and Asia.

He is a faculty member at American Ballet Theatre’s JKO, SLK Ballet, Ballet Arts at City Center and Alvin Ailey Schools. Mikhail also is a Ballet Master for the rehearsals of all levels, teaching, staging, choreography and evaluating audition for ABT’s Summer Intensive programs. He teaches Master classes for ABT’s outreach groups from: Brazil, Japan, Florida and NYC; extensively working with American Ballet Theatre’s company apprentices and Studio Company.  Mikhail has taught classes for ABT and Alvin Ailey as a guest teacher. He has students all over the US. Mikhail is certified and has won awards for his teaching of ABT's National Training Curriculum. His teaching experience includes work with New York University (mentoring Master’s candidates in ABT Pedagogy about Vaganova Method and relevance of it in ABT’s National Training Curriculum), UNCSA, Rutgers University and University of Alabama. Mikhail has previously taught and choreographed for Miami City Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School (summer intensive), Hamilton College, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and has been as “Artist-In-Residence” with Ballet Mississippi since 2005 - where he has performed many times as well. Mikhail has been a guest teacher for numerous Cynthia Harvey’s “Raising the Barre” workshops in NYC.  Mikhail has had appearances on TV promoting the art of dance, and holds “Meet the Artist” Q&A sessions at ballet schools around the country.

Mr. Ilyin coached supers and company apprentices for ABT's productions. Mikhail enjoys choreographing and has staged different classical ballets and suites from Don Quixotte, Etudes, Corsaire, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Paquita. His original choreography credits include more than 30 works utilizing different styles of dance and music (full-length Nutcracker, Atomic Basie, Schumann’s Sonatas, Bach's Cello Sonatas, Moves Like Jagger, Romanian Cadaneasca, Spanish guitar flamenco). Mikhail was selected from a competitive group to also choreograph as part of ABT’s "Innovation Initiative" choreography project: "Unrestrained", performed at the Joyce Theater, NYC.

Mikhail is also Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of iDEA in Movement workshop series: an integrated dance series focusing on body awareness and improvisation, combined with professional dance and classical ballet training. He is also a Certified Practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education: a 4-year professional training program in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. He continues to teach workshops and private lessons in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Greece and Spain.

Hannah Locke

Hannah Locke began her classical training with Anna and Barry VanCura at VanCura Ballet Conservatory in Chattanooga, TN, then attended high school on scholarship at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) under the direction of Ethan Stiefel. Ms. Locke spent summers at Ballet Tennessee, Joffrey Midwest, American Ballet Theatre, Kaatsbaan, and Boston Ballet. Upon graduation from UNCSA, she received a full scholarship to Richmond Ballet’s summer intensive where she began her professional career as a trainee. Under the direction of Anna Baker-VanCura, Ms. Locke served as Principal Dancer and Ballet Administrator for Ballet Tennessee. She also performed as a guest artist with The Pop-up Project Chattanooga. Focusing on nutrition, she earned an Associate of Science Degree, cum laude, from Chattanooga State Community College.

Currently, Ms. Locke is a professional dancer with Manassas Ballet Theatre (MBT) in Manassas, VA under the direction of Amy Grant Wolfe. Since joining MBT in 2018, she has performed principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker and Les Sylphides, and has been featured in original works by Christina Franco, Vadim Slatvitskiy, and Pamela Waters. She is also an instructor with Manassas Ballet Academy and Russell School of Ballet. Ms. Locke received the 2020 "Emerging Choreographers Award" from the Virginia Dance Coalition for her piece titled Beyond the Within which was choreographed on the Fairfax Ballet Junior Company.