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Our teachers have unique backgrounds and training from Ireland, England, and America which give our school diversity and experience in all areas of dance, including team and solo competition, performance, exercise, and sharing the love of the tradition and culture of Irish dance. We each share the passion of teaching, and we are committed to the education and success of every student. Our lives have been influenced by many great teachers and dancers, and we are excited to pass on our knowledge to our dancers.
Banjo and Mandolin
Dean has been involved in the folk and bluegrass music scene for several years. Starting out with banjo he has played and performed with many bluegrass bands. One of his early teachers on banjo was Eddie Shelton who was also Alan Munde’s first instructor. His primary style is three-finger “Scruggs” style, which is the foundational sound for banjo in a bluegrass setting. Dean honed his skills on the mandolin as well with the help of Roland White and Matt Flinner. He has played with several groups in the Chattanooga area and has performed at local venues such as the Three Sister’s and Boxcar Pinion bluegrass festivals and events at Miller Plaza. While teaching mostly bluegrass style he also teaches formal reading of music and classical, swing and jazz music styles as well. Beginner and intermediate students of banjo and mandolin are welcome.
Throughout her childhood, Monica Wright grew to love music and education beginning early in her childhood. She was homeschooled and spent much of her education outdoors, learning to observe nature’s changes. As she connected more with her natural environment, she also developed her love for music.
Because of her intense musical studies beginning with violin at age three, by high school Monica was performing in college orchestras like Providence College and Rhode Island College, adult classical choruses like the Providence Singers and mentoring middle school choirs in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. Monica went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, with a teaching licensure and degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis in 2019.
During college, she taught pre-k music classes at the Children’s Learning Center and student taught from grades pre-k to 12. She also began teaching private music lessons in violin and piano. Since her graduation, Monica has taught for three years at the Woodsong Forest School and received certifications in Trust-Based Relational Intervention and level 1 Orff Scheulwerk. According to the American Orff Scheulwerk Association, “In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.”. She has a passion for teaching child-led, creative play in early elementary music and now specializes in Piano, Violin and Guitar!
She now teaches at River Gorge Forest School near Suck Creek and serves as a Pre-K teacher as well as the music teacher for all classes. Along with her passion for education, Monica enjoys writing and recording music, gardening, practicing yoga and hiking. She also loves creating food that heals and brings people together.
Lindsay Fussell is delighted to begin teaching Tap and Theatre Dance at the MACC.
She has choreographed the past three Signal Mtn Playhouse productions: Matilda
(’22), Bye Bye Birdie (‘21) and Annie (‘19) and appeared in MACC’s Holiday Lane
monologue play last December.
Dance teacher/choreographer/director/actor Fussell has long associations with
various theatres in the Chattanooga area. For the Chattanooga Theatre Centre she
has served as resident dance teacher since 1996, and has choreographed numerous
musicals for CTC. (Hairspray, Hello Dolly, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Story,
Chicago, Cabaret, Anything Goes, High School Musical, to name just a few) Lindsay
has also served as Director /choreographer for 9 to 5, Spamalot and Miracle on 34th Street at CTC.
At Chattanooga State she served as Movement & Dance instructor in the
Professional Actor Training program and has choreographed many musicals there,
including Big Fish, Into the Woods, Xanadu, Seussical, Secret Garden,The Drowsy
Chaperone and Nutcracker Christmas Carol.
She taught theatre dance and tap at Center for Creative Arts 1999-2019 and
remains as resident choreographer for the Choo Choo Kids and for the high school
musicals. Those include Chicago, Hairspray, Big, Hello Dolly, Tarzan the Musical,
Aida, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Lindsay has served as guest choreographer at Theatre Memphis, Stagedoor Manor,
and Stephens College. Fussell’s choreography has been seen internationally in
Germany, Portugal, South Korea and Italy; Her 2010 flash mob video, with 144
dancers, “Footloose in Chattanooga” can be seen on YouTube.
Jeremy moved to the Chattanooga area to attend Covenant College, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano in 2014. After graduating he has had the privilege of leading worship music at Grace Presbyterian in Jasper, TN, accompanying for student recitals, and playing for churches and weddings in the Chattanooga area. But his focus and joy has been teaching piano lessons to students from beginning to advanced levels, ages 5 to 70. He enjoys coaching and encouraging his students through their challenges with manageable steps.
Jordan is a freelance educator & clinician serving students across East Tennessee & North Georgia. From Seymour Tennessee, Jordan attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to study music education and tuba performance under Kenyon Wilson. Jordan works closely with the Signal Mountain Middle/ High School Band programs, as well as programs across Hamilton County and North Georgia.
Elizabeth DeSeguirant holds a dual BA in Fine Arts/Theatre Arts and has enjoyed an exciting career teaching, dancing, choreographing and producing in cities across the US, including NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC and Tampa, FL. She has danced with numerous companies and residencies including Psophonia Dance Company (TX), Dancepath Theater (TX), Hope Stone's Hopewerks (TX), Amalgamate Dance Company (NYC), and Gin Dance Company (DC), as well as served as faculty member and choreographer for a number of schools and studios including YES Prep Southeast (TX), BalletNova center for Dance (DC), Metropolitan School of the Arts (DC), Premier Dance Academy (FL) and St. Petersburg College (FL). Elizabeth has also served as assistant producer for Project Dance Times Square, Choreographer for the NYC equity production of Job and the Snake, Choreographer for YAGP finalists and semi-finalists, and guest choreographer for numerous recitals, solos and showcases. In 2015, Elizabeth started the project-based dance company ONELIGHT which seeks to serve local artists, professionals, and audience members with work that will have a positive and lasting effect. To date, ONELIGHT has raised and helped raise over $8,000 for organizations that serve their local communities with vital, life-changing services. Elizabeth also served as co-founder of Pinellas Dance Collective and BRIDGEfest, an organization and annual production that worked to connect dancers and professionals in the greater Tampa Bay area through teaching, class and performance opportunities. Elizabeth and her family moved to Chattanooga in the Spring of 2020. She currently teaches at Chattanooga Ballet and Mountain Arts Community Center. onelightdance.org
Amy Wetmore grew up on Signal Mountain. She took her first kudzu basket weaving class from Bill Haley at the Chattanooga Nature Center in 1990. With an abundant supply of kudzu vines in her backyard Amy had plenty of free materials to practice her new skill. Coming from a family of artists Amy grew up learning many different forms of artistic expression but kudzu basket weaving especially captured her attention because it is natural, readily available, and utilitarian. Amy enjoys sharing her love of taking the underappreciated vines and creating beautiful works of art.
Hannah Myers has been a working artist at the MACC since 2021. In her work, she focuses on painting, screenprint, mixed media collage, and most recently, ceramics. She first studied ceramics during her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee and has loved the medium ever since. Hannah earned a BA from the University of Tennessee and a MAT in Visual Arts Education from Western Carolina University. Hannah is excited to share her passion for ceramics and teaching with introductory pottery classes at the MACC this spring.
Jon recently moved to Chattanooga after 27 years of long New England winters. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he also continued his training in piano and voice. After college Jon spent 3 years touring the world with the historic jazz vocal group The Four Freshmen as their baritone singer and trumpeter. When he’s not teaching Jon enjoys composing and performing in a variety of musical styles, and is always working on learning a new instrument himself.