Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive 2013 Guest Artists Announced

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Ballet Tennessee’s nationally competitive Summer Intensive (BTSI) is a three-week dance intensive featuring a comprehensive program including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, improvisations, classical variations, partnering, student choreography, and guest/faculty choreography. 

The BTSI continues its 17-year history of bringing acclaimed national and regional guest artists to Chattanooga.  The 2013 guest faculty includes David Keary, artistic director of Ballet Mississippi, Brian Gephart, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Jere Hunt, Rioult Dance New York, and Caroline Cavallo, most recently principal dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet.

David Keary began his training with Jackson Ballet.  He completed his dance training at the School of American Ballet, The official school of New York City Ballet.  He was invited to join the New York City Ballet where Mr. Keary performed in extensive NYCB repertoire and also performed on the PBS series Dance in America.  Among his many accomplishments was as a guest artist to honor Princess Grace of Monaco.  Currently he is artistic director of Ballet Mississippi.

Brian Gephart received his training from North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem (now University of NCSA), Houston Ballet II, and Ballet Tennessee.  Following his graduation from NCSA in 2007 he joined Houston Ballet II for one season and Joffrey Ballet of Chicago for three seasons.  In 2011 Mr. Gephart joined the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada where he just finished his second season.

Jere Hunt graduated with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in 2009.  He joined Rioult Dance New York in 2010 and was recently privileged to set Rioult’s signature work, Bolero, on students at Adelphi University.  Mr. Hunt was an apprentice with the Alabama Ballet during the 2006-2007 season under the direction of Wes Chapman.

Caroline Cavallo trained with both Atlanta School of Ballet and School of American Ballet.  She danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet before being engaged by the Royal Danish Ballet.  She danced both at the soloist and principal levels.  She was awarded the Spies Foundation Grant, the Albert Gaubier Grant, the Royal Danish Ballet’s Grant of Honour 2002, and in 2012 the Reumert Award for Dance.  Ms. Cavallo will teach a special guest class for the BTSI students on Tuesday, July 9.

Ballet Tennessee invites community dancers to attend evening classes taught by these exciting guest artists.  Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. for $15.  See the Ballet Tennessee website for more details at www.ballettennessee.org.


Fairbanks Receives Backing Of Police Unions

Randy Fairbanks, the GOP nominee for the District 1 seat on the Hamilton County Commission, has received the endorsement of the two police unions in Hamilton County – the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Rock City Lodge 22 and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Local #673.  Both unions represent police officers and deputies from every police department throughout ... (click for more)

NRA Endorses Chuck Fleischmann

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Chuck Fleischmann for re-election. In a letter to Rep. Fleischmann, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund thanked him for his "steadfast support of the Second Amendment" and congratulated him on his "A" rating. They also thanked him for his stand against President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)