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Mary Eliza Hendricks

Mary Eliza Hendricks

Mary Eliza Hendricks recently graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Emory and Henry College. She grew up on the Mountain and has been involved in the theatre and dance community here in Chattanooga for many years. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre Styles Dance for 11 years under Lindsay Fussell and Annalee Tull, and has studied acting under John Lennon, Jason Whitehead, Allan Ledford, and Racheal Swartz. She has also studied directing under Dr. Kelly Bremner, and Susanne Boulle. She has assistant choreographed at the Chattanooga Theatre Center and the Signal Mountain Playhouse, as well as assistant directed and taught youth theatre camps and classes at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Mary Eliza is an enthusiastic, passionate, and patient Teaching-Artist. She is super excited to be back on the mountain for the summer, and to be sharing her passion for theatrical arts with you!

Alexia Apablaza

Signal Mountain resident Alexia Apablaza is a talented musician and teacher. She currently plays not only guitar but also violin and piano. Her joy of music is apparent in her teaching. Alexia would be an excellent teacher for a beginning guitar student.

Liz Moore

Liz Moore

Liz Moore is a licensed physical therapist with 20 years of experience who has recently moved to Signal Mountain from Birmingham, AL with her husband and two children. She has worked in a variety of settings including orthopedic sports medicine, neuro rehab, general geriatric rehab, home health, and nursing homes. She was also a Division 1 soccer athlete in college and became interested in physical therapy while going through rehab for her own personal injuries. She has a passion for helping people stay active and overcome their limitations to reach their personal goals. She has been active in her community with fall prevention classes for older adults and an ACL prevention program for soccer players. She wants to bring her desire to educate and help people of all ages to the mountain community.

Sarah Coolidge

Betsy McClain

Betsy McClain

For 4th and 5th Grade Students
October 5th, 7th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 28th, November 2nd, 4th | 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Your child will create and develop art in his/her own creative style using Mixed Media, Cyanotypes, Plaster Casting, Stencil Art, and Collage. This art class will give your child a head start and prepare them for art in middle and high school!

The class is taught by Betsy McClain. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and just completed a training program at the Tennessee Arts Academy. She currently teaches art at SMMHS.

Just $65.00 for 8 exciting classes and a $10.00 material fee. Sign up now, space is limited!

Ed Bergin

Ed Bergin

Ed Bergin has a Bachelor Degree (B.S.) in Music Education from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He has performed on the piano accordion for many years and has offered lessons at the MACC since 2015. In addition to popular standards, Ed is proficient in multiple genres, including polka, Celtic, Klezmer, Balkan, French musette, Latin, tango, Bossa Nova, Italian and more. Offering individual and group instruction for all ages, and at all levels (beginner, intermediate or advanced), lessons are tailored to suit each student's needs and interests. As a performer through Sound Corps since 2016, Ed has played in several venues in the Chattanooga area.

Contact Ed at eabergin@gmail.com or by phone or text at 512-878-9981 (cell) or at the MACC at 423-886-1959. Hours of availability: Any weekday, morning or afternoon that the MACC is open.

Chattanooga Ballet

Chattanooga Ballet

Creative Movement
An introduction to the world of dance designed for 3 & 4-year olds. Students will work to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm. Through the use of structured games and activities, each class will allow students to explore different ways of moving.

Pre-Ballet
Designed for 5 & 6 year olds who have either already completed Creative Movement or who are new to ballet. Students will learn basic ballet steps and terminology while continuing to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, and rhythm.

Level 1
For any 7 to 10 year olds who are interested in ballet. Students begin learning basic ballet barre and across the floor exercises. In addition to learning basic steps and terminology, dancers will begin to focus on correct technique and alignment.

Elizabeth DeSeguirant holds a dual BA in Fine Arts/Theatre Arts and has enjoyed an exciting career in dancing, acting, choreographing and producing in cities across the US, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, Washington DC and Tampa. She has danced with numerous modern companies such as Psophonia Dance Company (Houston), Gin Dance (Washington DC) and Amalgamate Dance (New York City), has been awarded various dance residencies, and has guest participated in countless professional projects. Elizabeth has enjoyed teaching Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Conditioning to all age groups throughout her 20 year career in multiple schools, colleges and studios nationwide such as YES Prep High School (Houston), BalletNova Center for Dance (DC), Metropolitan School of the Arts (DC), Joy of Motion (DC), St. Petersburg College (FL), and Premier Dance Academy (FL). Her work has received high placement and choreographic excellence awards in numerous National competitions, including YAGP, and has garnered high praise from local audiences and dance critics alike. In 2015, she founded the project based dance company, OneLight, which seeks to impact local audiences, artists and organizations with opportunities to collaborate, perform, and inspire. In 2018 she co-founded Pinellas Dance Collective and BridgeFest in the Tampa Bay Area to encourage connection in the local dance community. Having permanently relocated to Chattanooga TN in 2020, Elizabeth is excited to be joining the Chattanooga Ballet Faculty this Fall!

Amy Shannon

Margaret Cooke

Margaret Cooke

Margaret Cooke teaches all levels of piano and violin/fiddle. She is a native of Signal Mountain, and she grew up taking piano and violin lessons at Cadek Conservatory and playing in the Youth Orchestra. She has a BA in English and Music from the University of the South, an MA in English Lit from UVA, and recently completed her MM in Piano Performance at UTC under the mentorship of the late Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai. She was a winner of the 2014 UTC Concerto Competition, where she performed the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. She also was principle second violin in the UTC Orchestra and won the Music Department’s Graduate Award in 2014.

Chip Hancock

Chip Hancock

Chip Hancock was born in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began playing drums in the third grade and soon realized a love for percussion that would ultimately become his life's passion. Chip started teaching drum lessons at the age of 15. At 16 he auditioned for the Marines and performed with the USMC Band in San Diego, California.

Following military service, in 1983 he founded the School of Percussive Arts in Chattanooga, TN. Since then his students have won hundreds of percussion auditions in regional and all-state bands and orchestras in Georgia and Tennessee. In addition to private instruction, Chip taught 27 years as the Director of Percussion at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and Lakeview Middle School, 4 years as Director of Percussion at Ridgeland High School and Rossville Middle School, 6 years as Director of Percussion, Pep Band, and Jazz Band at The Baylor School, and 14 years as Director of Percussion at Ringgold High School and Ringgold Middle School. Chip has taught camps, clinics, and percussion programs in Hamilton and Marion Counties in TN, as well as Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Bartow, Gordon, and Whitfield Counties in GA.

Chip is also an accomplished and seasoned performer as principle percussion and drum set with the USMC Band San Diego, and has traveled Europe with the Beauty and the Beast European Tour and the Evita European Tour. For 27 years, Chip performed with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra as a section percussionist and drum set. During his career he has been fortunate to perform with artists to include: Bela Flek, Michael McDonald, Moody Blues, Patti LuPone, America, Al Jarreau, Three Dog Night, Travis Tritt, Mary Wilson, Roberta Flack, Art Garfunkel, The Machine (with Jeff Coffin), The Temptations, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holliday, Robert Goulet, Dave Brubeck, Victor Borge, Ben E. King, and The Smothers Brothers. Chip studied at the Armed Forces School of Music and has a BS Degree in Music Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For more information about lessons, ensembles, and classes please visit SchoolOfPercussiveArts.com.

Jimmy Galloway

Jimmy Galloway

Jimmy Galloway plays multiple stringed instruments and has taught at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He specializes in Fingerstyle Guitar using Partial Capos, Altered Tunings and Electronic Manipulation. He is equally at home on acoustic and electric music as well as playing on sessions ranging from Celtic, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Avant Garde, and Americana. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with an audio degree he spent time in Nashville Tennessee as a Touring and Session Guitarist. He currently resides in Tennessee outside of Chattanooga, spending time raising his family, teaching privately, and doing remote Session Work from his home. He has shared the stage with a Who’s Who of Guitar Royalty: Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Jimmy Herring, Richard Thompson among many other artists that have appeared at the 30A Festival, Cayamo Music Festival and more.

Jimmy’s ideal students should have a fundamental understanding of basic Chord Structures, and some Music Theory.

Areas of focus will be: Tempo, Ear Training, Harmonic Vocabulary, Technique, Gear and much more.

A lifetime of intense study wrapped in a fun environment of learning awaits. Contact the MACC for availability

Jenison Owens

Jenison Owens

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 career in 2013 and has been on faculty at Ballet Tennessee and Weave Dance Company. She has studied with The Ailey School, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and Weave Dance Company. Ms. Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and founded "Celebrations: a Community Collaboration" in 2018. Ms. Owens is delighted to serve as Program Administrator, professional dancer and faculty member this season.