Ballet Tennessee Brings Prestigious Ailey II Company Back To Chattanooga

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ballet Tennessee presents the high energy contemporary dance company Ailey II in a community residency involving performance, outreach, and special events.

Under the artistic direction of former Ailey dancer Sylvia Waters, this critically-acclaimed company presents dazzling performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertoire that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s most outstanding choreographers.

The performance will take place at the Tivoli Theater on Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 757-5050 or www.ChattanoogaOnStage.com.

The performance and outreach classes are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

A free community outreach class for children ages eight through teens will take place at the South Chattanooga Recreation Complex, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga. No prior dance experience is required. The class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 12:15–1:15 p.m.

A Ballet Master Class for intermediate and advanced dancers will take place at Ballet Tennessee studios on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 12:15-1:45 p.m. A Modern Master Class for intermediate and advanced dancers led by Artistic Director Designate Troy Powell will take place at Ballet Tennessee studios on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1:30–3 p.m. The cost to observe or participate in the classes is $20, cash only, per class.

An after glow reception will be held in honor of Ailey II, affording Chattanoogans the opportunity to personally meet the company dancers and directors. Tickets to the after glow may be obtained by calling Ballet Tennessee at 821-2055.


Mainstreet Cleveland Announces Bobby Taylor Award Recipient

Main Street Cleveland held its annual Christmas party on Wednesday evening. A new award that acknowledges an individual’s long-term commitment to downtown Cleveland was presented to Allan Jones in memory of George R. "Bobby" Taylor.   Mr. Taylor was founder and CEO of bank of Cleveland and instrumental in founding the Mainstreet Cleveland organization. He was a strong supporter ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:   U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone has been lowered to 45 MPH.  The contractor may have ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School On Lockdown After Veiled Threats Made On Social Media Thursday Morning; Lockdown Later Lifted

A Cleveland High School student was suspended from school on Wednesday .     On Thursday  morning, a social media post was found that made veiled threats against school personnel.  As a precautionary measure, extra police presence was ordered at the school, and a lock down was underway restricting hallway access and entrance/exit to the building.  ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Cost Of No Discipline

At the start of the current school year, state education officials gathered at some “state testing task force” when disciplinary records from across Tennessee happened to be revealed. You probably are unaware of this, as it seems to have been kept on the “down low,” but statewide a full 20 percent of the black males in our public schools were suspended at least once during the 2014-2015 ... (click for more)