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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 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

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 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 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 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 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.

Lauren Day

Lauren Day started her dance training in 1996 under direction of Barry and Anna VanCura with the Ballet Tennessee Conservatory. She had the opportunity to be part of the outreach performance programs with the Hamilton County School System, as well as many performances throughout Chattanooga’s city events featuring Ballet Tennessee. With Ballet Tennessee she danced company roles and was also featured in many lead roles throughout her youth, she was a part of Ballet Tennessee’s Company, and is currently a dancer with The Pop-up Project. Lauren Graduated from The Center for Creative Arts as a Dance Major in 2004, and danced under the instruction of Mira Popovich, a former prima ballerina Serbian National Ballet, while attending Birmingham Southern 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. She has danced roles such as Bluebird in Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood in Cinderella, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Future, Pas de Quatre, and more. With Ballet Tennessee she also choreographed different ballet, jazz, and musical theater works. With Ballet Tennessee, she co-choreographed and set a full length How the Grinch Stole Christmas Ballet, and has restaged several excerpts from previous VanCura Ballets. Lauren started her teaching career in 2016 and is happy to be back with MACC for her third year.

Weekly Class Schedule

Tuesday Classes:

5:00-6:00 pm Junior Ballet
Intermediate level, at least 1-2 year dance training suggested but not required. For 8-11 years who are interested in ballet. Students will learn basic ballet barre and across the floor exercise with emphasis on correct body alignment, technique and execution. In addition, dancers will also learn ballet terminology.

6:05-7:00 pm Junior Contemporary
Beginner to Intermediate-Level Contemporary for dancers 8-11 years, 1-2 years ballet recommended but not required. Contemporary is a blend of ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. In this class dancers will utilize their ballet technique while learning to apply beginning modern and jazz concepts to allow for more freedom and style. They will gain flexibility and range of movement, while working on muscle and core strength. Dancers will learn to utilize their entire bodies and space, while exploring new ways to connect emotion with movement.

7:05-8:00 pm Junior Jazz
Beginner to Intermediate-level jazz dance for dancers 8-11 years old. Dancers will learn basic fundamentals of jazz dance with emphasis and development of correct body alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, rhythm and dynamics. Dancers will also learn jazz dance vocabulary and learn weekly choreography combinations.

Thursday Classes:

4:45-5:15 pm Creative Movement
Introductory dance class focuses on a structured learning environment for ages 3-4. Basic concepts of stretching, coordination, locomotor skills, and ballet are the foundation upon which the class is based. Placement is by age of the child by October 1st of the current year.

5:30-6:20 pm Pre-Ballet & Primary Ballet
This ballet class utilizes the Creative Movement concepts to broaden the child's understanding of time and space, while continuing to build upon the foundations of classical ballet, for ages 5-7. Ballet technique, conditioning & stretching, and center "across the floor" work makeup the three sections of the class, and begin to introduce the dancers to a structured routine. Throughout the class the dancers will continue to work on coordination, flexibility, and spatial awareness.

6:30-7:30 pm Junior Ballet
Intermediate level, at least 1-2 year dance training suggested but not required. For 8-11 years who are interested in ballet. Students will learn basic ballet barre and across the floor exercise with emphasis on correct body alignment, technique and execution. In addition, dancers will also learn ballet terminology.

Friday Classes:

10:00-10:30 am Mommy & Me
In this class Parents, Grandparents, or Guardians explore movement with their toddler, for ages 1.5-2. All while stretching, bouncing, and dancing to age-appropriate music that will entice even the youngest child.

10:45-11:30 am Creative Movement
This introductory dance class focuses on a structured learning environment for ages 3-4. Basic concepts of stretching, coordination, locomotor skills, and ballet are the foundation upon which the class is based. Placement is by age of the child by October 1st of the current year.

Tiffany Henry

Tiffany has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!). Tiffany is the Director of COMPUTER EXPLORERS, a company with thirty years experience bringing computer technology education into schools and other programs across the nation. We offer some of the most exciting and cutting-edge class experiences for children of all ages. COMPUTER EXPLORERS classes simplify the complex world of educational technology by connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts. We welcome students into a progressive curriculum that begins with foundational skills that rapidly lead to advanced knowledge, exploring and developing new ideas, and creating hands-on projects in an educational setting designed to make learning FUN. Tiffany is married to Clay, they have a beautiful 5 year old daughter Lyla, and love to call Signal Mountain their home.

Cindy Solfest-Wallis

Cindy Solfest-Wallis has had a varied career in music as a performer, clinician, and coach. She has performed as an orchestral musician and chamber musician in groups such as Skylight Opera (now Music) Theatre, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra (WWO), Milwaukee Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and Knoxville Opera. As an active artist in Milwaukee, she often performed in orchestras for several touring Broadway shows and popular artists’ tours. Cindy has soloed with many orchestras and universities both in southeastern Wisconsin and Tennessee, and has performed several times for National Flute Association conventions both as soloist and as a member of chamber groups.

One of her passions is chamber music, and she loves to perform in and coach chamber ensembles. As a member of WWO and other chamber orchestras, she has toured the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, and can be heard on several WWO chamber music CDs.

Currently, she is on the faculty of Lee University, Covenant College and Chattanooga State where she teaches classes in theory, music and culture, intro to music, and is flute instructor and director/coach of chamber ensembles, giving several solo and ensemble recitals each semester.

Cindy maintains a large private flute studio; another of her passions is teaching and inspiring musicians. She finds ways to serve her community as an artist, ranging from being part of Imagine 20/20 and an orchestra member on a Ted Talk Live from Chattanooga, as well as organizing and directing Southside Casual Classics from 2011-2015, which was an artist series featuring local soloists/ensembles. In Wisconsin, she developed and directed a summer music chamber school for several summers.

Mary Beth Sutton

Mary Beth Sutton, Clean Water Camp (Water Ways)
Mary Beth Sutton received her B.S. with highest honors in Environmental Studies as a Brock Scholar at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received a Master of Arts in Teaching as a Lyndhurst Fellow and a Master of Science in Public Health specializing in Environmental Chemistry and Biology with an emphasis on coastal plain wetlands and marine biology. She has taught in public and private schools in Chattanooga for 10 years. Mary Beth was executive director for the Chattanooga Nature Center and founded Caribbean SEA, now Water Ways, in 2004, which has worked on water and sanitation projects in 7 Caribbean countries.

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