Mary Van Dyke, Artistic Director
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Children's Ballet Theater offers students ages 2.5 to 18 years and adults in ballet training in the beautiful traditions of Russian and European classical ballet. It is former ballerina Mary Van Dyke's greatest joy to offer children and teens an uplifting atmosphere with knowledgeable and encouraging teachers. The school offers a unique experience to train in the methods and discipline of classical ballet from Russia and Europe. Each teacher is fully trained and continually motivated to reach only the highest standards in their work, to insure each semester is filled with the joy of dance and the best in ballet. Ms. Van Dyke is also proud to have Ballet Mistress and TBT coach Nora Curran work intensively with the staff on the fine details of the Vaganova Method from the Kirov Ballet as handed down to her by her beloved mother. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome to audition each September for our Children's Ballet Theater Nutcracker featuring children starting in kindergarten, as well our teens and adults of Tennessee Ballet Theater. This acclaimed production is held annually at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
We offer classes that will spark your child’s imagination and creativity. Former ballerina Mary Van Dyke has created a special syllabus designed specifically for each age group. Each class includes ballet, creative movement, and fun with ballet props. Students will also learn dances set to classical ballet music including favorites such as the "Sugar Plum Fairy Dance". Each year the syllabus is changed to insure that students returning to their same age group have new material.
Children's Ballet Theater offers ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical classes and musical theater with exceptional and caring dance teachers. Students are trained in proper technique as well as choreography for the Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker and the year-end recital. Parents cannot believe the improvement at year's end in posture, poise, and graceful athleticism. Teens and adults have performing opportunities as part of Tennessee Ballet Theater Junior Company and Tennessee Ballet Theater. Visit our Nutcracker page to see footage from past shows.
Young kids as well as teens really enjoy learning this style of dance which is mostly set to modern day pop, rock and alternative music. Contemporary dance became popular in recent years with the advent of top-rated shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”. Students also love jazz dance and modern dance which could include any vein of music including today’s coolest music. This style of dance can include lyrical, modern or jazz.
Classes for Pre-Teens and Teens
Contemporary Dance - Modern Dance - Jazz Dance