Junior I Ballet
Junior I Intermediate Ballet
Junior II A Ballet
Junior II B Ballet
Creative Movement (Thursday)
Explore with Me
Creative Movement (Friday)
Lauren Day started her dance training in 1996 under Barry and Anna Baker VanCura with the Ballet Tennessee Conservatory where she danced in outreach, citywide Chattanooga events, company roles, and featured lead roles throughout her youth. Lauren graduated from The Center for Creative Arts as a Dance Major, and trained further with intensives and programs with Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Virginia School of the Arts. While attending Birmingham Southern College, she further trained in the Vaganova method under Mira Popovich and Ruth Henry. She has enjoyed an extensive career teaching, dancing and choreographing locally, and is a staff member with Chattanooga Ballet for her third year, and a sixth year with the Signal Mountain Community Center. Lauren is dedicated to serving the children and youth of the Chattanooga community with the emphasis that each student has the opportunity to find joy, confidence, and their own voice through movement. When not teaching, Lauren enjoys family time with her two children, and dog.
Class Schedule, Times and Descriptions
Tuesday - Junior I Intermediate Ballet: 5:00-6:00 PM
Intermediate Junior Class for 7-9 years of age, at least 1-2 years of ballet training is required for this class. Students will continue progressive technique exercises, based on previous years ballet
foundation. Classes will include ballet barre, conditioning & stretching, and center work that includes across the floor exercise with emphasis on correct body alignment, technique, and execution.
Tuesday - Junior Contemporary: 6:00-6:50 PM
Beginner to Intermediate-Level Contemporary for dancers 7-10 years, 1-2 years dance 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.
*Students ages 11 and up, please see Mrs. Elizabeth’s NEW Teen Contemporary Jazz! Mrs. Elizabeth’s teaching style is very similar to mine, encouraging, positive, and a very skilled teacher. Students will advance and build upon the concepts, movements and techniques they learned in my Junior Contemporary, and will be able to progress to more challenging and fun steps and movement.
Tuesday - Junior II A Ballet: 6:50-8:05 PM
Beginner and Intermediate level, at least 1–2 years of ballet suggested. For students 10 years and up who are interested in ballet. Students will learn and build upon their ballet barre, conditioning stretching, and center work that includes across the floor exercise with emphasis on correct body alignment, technique, and execution. In addition, dancers will also learn ballet terminology. At this level, students will be challenged as the semester and year progresses, to build upon the basics we learn and refresh at the beginning of the semester.
Wednesday Primary Ballet: 5-5:50 PM
This ballet class will continue to build upon the foundations of classical ballet as mentioned in Pre-Ballet, for ages 6. In this class we begin focusing on a more structured Ballet Class, made up
of three sections: Ballet technique, conditioning & stretching, and center; across the floor work. Throughout the class the dancers will continue to work on coordination, flexibility, and spatial awareness but also will begin to learn ballet terminology and classical techniques. Students will be introduced to beginner barre work and conditioning exercises, and we begin to learn ballet combinations and how steps can be put together to make those combinations.
Wednesday - Junior I Ballet: 5:50-6:45 PM
Junior Class with no previous dance training needed, for 7-9 years who are interested in ballet. Students will learn basic ballet barre, conditioning & stretching, and center work that includes
across the floor exercise with emphasis on correct body alignment, technique, and execution. In addition, dancers will also learn ballet terminology.
*More experienced students ages 7-9 , that need the Wednesday Class option, please see Mrs. Elizabeth’s Level 1 & 2 Class.
Thursday - Creative Movement: 5:00-5:40 PM
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.
Thursday - Pre-Ballet: 5:45-6:30 PM
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 age 5.
Students will begin with the 5 Ballet Positions, continue practicing motor skills, and learning the difference between right and left movements. Musicality, joy of moving our bodies, and
learning to create lines and stories or emotions will also begin to be learned. Classroom etiquette and ballet class structure will also begin at this age.
Thursday - Junior II B Ballet - Pre-Pointe & Ballet Technique: 6:30-7:30 PM
Intermediate Junior II B class, this class is a second highly suggested class option for the Junior student who is seriously dedicated to furthering their ballet training and continuing towards Pointe Dancing. It requires 2-3 years of dance training and is for students 10 years and up. In class, students will start with Pre-Pointe conditioning exercises, targeting strength, flexibility, stability, and articulation of the feet, all things that a student needs for the transition to Pre-pointe and Pointe. The class will advance with ballet barre, and center work that includes across the floor exercises. In addition, dancers will continue using and learning ballet terminology. At this, level, students will be challenged technically as the semester and year progresses, to build upon the basics they already know.
**The Pre-Pointe class is the continuation of the training program for those who would like to dance en Pointe, and become part of the Advanced Training Program, here at MACC. A student
must show strength; mentally and physically, maturity, maintain correct alignment and placement, have the needed knowledge and execution of technique, and meet the Guidelines for Pointe dancing, to gain their first pair of pointe shoes. Guidelines for Pointe, will be emailed to students, once they are placed in this class, so additional training at home can be possible. No student is promised to gain Pointe shoes, but every student controls their own opportunity to
advance to Pointe, by hard work, dedication, and conditioning work in studio and at home.
Friday - Explore with Me: 10:00-10:30 AM
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.
Friday - Creative Movement: 10:45-11:30 AM
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.
**Daytime classes for home school students or private classes in-home or in-studio, available upon request.
**Also Open to Choreography for Events or Students
Registration Fee Per Semester:
$25 per Individual Student
$40 per Family (more than one child enrolled)
Primary Level Class: $195 for 15 Week Semester per Class
-Explore with Me
-Pre-Ballet & Primary Ballet
Junior I Classes: $225 for 15 Week Semester per Class
-Ballet Junior Level I
Junior II Classes: $235 for $15 Week Semester Class
-Ballet Junior Level II A
-Ballet Junior Level II B if taken as a stand-alone class
*NEW* Youth Training Program Tuition, per 15 Week Semester
-Junior I Ballet Class and the Contemporary Ballet Class (early path to training program, 1 entry Level Junior Ballet Class and Junior Contemporary Class, 2 classes per week): $440 per Semester
-Junior II Ballet Classes A and B (Ballet & Pre-Pointe Ballet Classes, 2 per week): $450 per semester
-Junior II Ballet Classes A and B, and Contemporary (2 Ballet Classes and a Contemporary Class, 3 classes per week): $665 per semester
**Payment Installment Plans are available upon request. Options are 2, 3, or 4-month Installments.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in two performances each year, one per semester.
Fall/Winter Semester students will have the chance to dance with their classmates in the MACC’s annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree Showcase in early December.
-Performance Fee & Costume Fee: $25
Spring Year End Recital, each class will have their own recital piece to showcase during the performance during a Primary Recital and a Junior Recital.
-Tentative Date May 11
-Performance Fee: $10
-Costume Fee: $35+ Depending on child’s level and costume costs
2023/2024 Calendar of Events
Fall Semester August 15 - December 8
Fall Visitors Week October 3 - 6
Fall Break: October 9 - 13
Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – 24
Winter Break: December 11 - January 15
* Spring Pre-Registration Open
Spring Semester January 16 - May 3
Spring Visitors Week March 5 - 8
Spring Break: March 11 - 15
**Recital Rehearsal and Performance Week May 7 - 10 **
**Recital Date: May 11, Time TBD
Parents and Family are invited to join us in their students’ class, please keep visitors to a minimum during this time. For these special weeks we will hold a normal class, during which visitors will be able to see all that their students have learned and watch their students’ progress throughout the year.