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We're On Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/07/19.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for fall break. We'll return for regular classes on Monday, October 14th. Grab a warm pumpkin-or-apple spice (fill in the blank), get outdoors, and enjoy the week!

Every year, I take this opportunity to point our students and patrons toward a few of my family's go-to fall hiking spots, including Bays Mountain (hard to beat once the leaves start to pop) and the Dennis Cove trail to Laurel Falls. The balds side of Roan Mountain is always beautiful, and is a monthly hike (at least) for my crew.

Don't forget that our online calendar is always current if you have questions about our holiday schedule. See you next week!

Tap Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/12/19.

On Saturday, August 24th, we are re-starting tap at Trinity! Genesis Jenkins, a Memphis native who taught monthly tap classes last year, has now joined our faculty, teaching hip-hop levels 3-6 and this new tap class on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00.

Out of the gates, this class will target beginner students of all ages, although we hope to expand to multiple levels soon. Tuition is the same as for all dance classes -- $145 per quarter, $270 per semester, or $500 per year. Of course, you'll need tap shoes to take class, and we highly recommend who will give you a 5-10% discount and set aside 1% for our costume account if you use School ID# 28758.

Shoot us an email if you have questions or would like to get started with us on the 24th. We're excited about getting tap back at Trinity, and would love to have you be a part!

Trinity Arts Center... Save The Dates!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/12/19.

The 2019-2020 school year is underway, and now is a good time to save the dates for the school year. Our online calendar is always current, always available, and often set a year or more in advance, but here are a few key dates:

First Day Of Classese:Monday, August 5th
Fall Break:Sunday, October 6th - Saturday, October 12th
Quarter Tuition Due:Sunday, October 13th
Thanksgiving Break:Sunday, November 24th - Saturday, November 30th
God With Us Dance Production:Saturday, December 21st
Christmas Break:Sunday, December 22nd - Saturday, January 4th
Quarter Tuition Due:Sunday, January 5th
Semester Tuition Due:Sunday, Jauary 5th
Valery Lantratov Workshop:Wednesay, January 22nd
Father/Daughter Dance:Saturday, February 15th
Spring Break:Sunday, March 15th - Saturday, March 21st
Quarter Tuition Due:Sunday, March 8th
Spring Dance Production (TBA):Saturday, May 2nd
Music Recitals:Friday, May 8th - Sunday, May 10th
Last Day Of Classes:Saturday, May 16th
Early Registration Deadline:Saturday, May 16th
Summer Dance Intensive:Monday, June 1st - Friday, June 5th
Princess Ballerina Camp 1:Monday, June 8th - Friday, June 12th
Princess Ballerina Camp 2:Monday, June 15th - Friday, June 19th

Of course, we'll add a variety of guest artists, camps, and workshops to the schedule as well, which we'll announce as they are confirmed. You can always reference our online calendar, message us on Facebook, email us, or call/text to (423) 926-6048.

Trinity Classes Begin In ONE WEEK!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/29/19.

On Monday, August 5th, we kick off the 2019-20 school year! Although this isn't your last chance to register (you can do that year round), sooner is definitely better than later. The schedule is already very full, and it only costs you $75 to hold a spot. If you have an idea what you need, please let us know.

Our private lesson schedule isn't posted online, but our complete dance schedule is available, with ballet, jazz/contemporary, and hip-hop classes for all ages. Take a peek at the 2019-20 class schedule, and let us know how we can help. Thanks!

Dance Clothing, Expectations, & Etiquette!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/29/19.

The beginning of a new school year is always a good time to highlight our standard dance clothing, point you in the direction of, and share a few thoughts about expectations and etiquette for our dance program.

Ballet (All Levels)

Our standard girl's dance uniform is light pink tights (fully footed, convertible, or ankle length), with a black leotard (long sleeve, cap sleeve, or spaghetti strap with minimal sequins), and simple, light pink ballet slippers. We standardize our classroom attire so that we can use them as a base for production costumes, and these uniforms are required. You're welcome to add a light pink or black skirt (although it's not required), but there are times that a teacher will ask you to remove it so they can see lines clearly. Boys wear black jazz pants with a white t-shirt and black ballet slippers.

Target, Wal-Mart, and Academy Sports stock smaller sizes of those items. If they don't have what you're looking for, is our go-to, and stocks everthing you could possible want. Plus, they give a 5-10% discount to you for entering our school code (#28758) and give us a 1% kick-back toward our costumes budget. Win, win.

Jazz (All Levels)

Jazz students wear a black leotard with black jazz pants and black jazz shoes. If you're confused about what any of those are, visit to see examples, and to get an idea what is available.

Hip-Hop (All Levels)

Hip-hop students can wear whatever allows them to dance and feel cool. Generally speaking, that includes sweat pants, t-shirts, cool shoes, hats, and any accessories that add to the look without getting in the way.

Expectations & Etiquette For All Dancers

  1. Be in class (or for little ones, in the lobby), in uniform, hair done, shoes on, on time, and ready to go. We have a large lobby and waiting area where you can get ready. Let's not waste class time waiting for late arrivals or unprepared dancers. We get it. Sometimes stuff happens, but -- do what you can to honor others' time and be in class and ready to go, on time. Check out our sample ballet bun videos if you need some help with those.
  2. Always be attentive and quiet in class. If you have a question, wait until an appropriate time, raise your hand, and wait for your teacher to call on you.
  3. The teacher is always right, even when they are wrong. I promise, we're trying hard to teach you everything we know in a loving and humble way, and some of us are old. Show us some grace when we make a mistake or forget. We'll figure it out eventually. Learning to show teachers (and elders) respect is part of what you're learning.
  4. If something does go wrong, it's probably Mr. Jamin's fault. If you have a complaint, comment, or question, send it here or shoot us a message on Facebook. We'll response asap.
  5. We do not allow parents to visit the classroom. It's just too disruptive, especially for the little ones (imagine trying to do what you do with two people sitting in chairs watching you the entire time). We produce two shows a year. You'll have lots of opportunities to see their progress. If you have questions about what we're doing in class, we're glad to schedule a quick meetup before or after class, or you can contact us at the front desk.
  6. Be humble, creative, patient, kind, encouraging, and work hard. Our motto is "art that looks like praise." We want to embody that in all that we do, and we hope you will too.
  7. Finally... Be yourself. We're not one of those studios that only accepts people who are a certain height, weight, or body type. You bring a love for dance and be willing to work, and we will give you the best training we can, and lots of opportunities to use that gift for good.
Hopefully that helps set expectations and answers questions, especially for those who are new. As always, give us a shout if there's anything we can do. We're generally pretty responsive on Facebook as well.

Trinity Classes Begin In TWO WEEKS!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/22/19.

We're down to TWO WEEKS on the countdown, which means that registration confirmations/invoices for the 2019-20 school year will go out today. If you have any questions, shoot us an email and let us know what you need. See you in two weeks!

NOTE: If you've already paid your fall invoice, you won't receive another confirmation email today. If you're not sure which classes are available, the 2019-20 class schedule is online and has general info about the appropriate ages and info. Take a peek, and let us know how we can help. Thanks!

Music Teachers Wanted!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/15/19.

Trinity Arts Center is growing, and looking to hire at least four new teachers this year for violin, guitar, voice, and piano. Give me a shout if you are an encouraging, talented player/teacher who might be interested, or if you know someone who is. I'd love to talk. Thanks!

Is visual/fine art more your thing? I might be interested in talking to you too! = )

Trinity Classes Begin In THREE WEEKS!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/15/19.

Just a friendly, weekly reminder that the Trinity Arts Center school year begins in just three weeks, on Monday, August 5th. A $75 registration fee holds the class and lesson times you need, so there's no excuse not to shoot us an email and let us know what you need.

The 2018-19 class schedule is online. Take a peek, and let us know if you have any questions. See you soon!

Trinity Classes Begin In Less Than Four Weeks!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/08/19.

I'm not ready to think about "back to school" yet either (insert omg emoji) but -- our class schedule is more than 70% full already, and the sooner you register, the better chance you have to get the class and lesson times you need. Shoot us an email so we can get spots held. $75 holds your place, and four weeks are going to fly by fast!

The 2018-19 class schedule is online. Take a peek at that then let us know what we can do. One way or another, hopefully we will see you soon!

We've Extended Our 10% Discount to July 1st!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 06/19/19.

Early registration has been open since April and some of our early childhood dance classes and private music blocks are already full BUT you can still save 10% by paying tuition before July 1st! Whether you want to just pay registration and hold your spots for the fall, or pay tuition and save 10%, the schedule just gets fuller from here. Register now to make sure you get the class and lessons times you need.

To hold spots, you only need to pay the $75 registration fee, although you can pay tuition and get the 10% early registration discount as well. Shoot us an email if you have questions. If you're already registered with us, we don't need new contact info or a form. We just need to know what you need. Take a peek at next year's class schedule, and call or email to get your spots held! One way or another, we'll see you soon. = )

Our Summer Dance Intensive Is One Month Away!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/09/19.

Registration for our 2019 Summer Dance Intensive is open, with a full week of ballet from the Russian Master, Valery Lantratov; former Rockette and director of Project Dance, Cheryl Cutlip; former Colts cheerleader Courtney Hollenbeck; and the Atlanta Hip-Hop energy of brother-sister duo Carl and Natassia Harris; the contemporary, choreographic goodness from Bridgette Burke, and at least one more drop-in surprise. This week's summer dance intensive is going to be amazing!

This summer's intensive will be held from Monday, June 10th through Friday, June 14th with classes from 8:45 AM to 2:15 PM. We offer tracks for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least two years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included. Let us know if you want us to hold a spot.

Keep Moving Forward w/ A La Carte Summer Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/09/19.

Summer music lessons are a great way to keep from losing the progress you've made and to test the waters if you are considering lessons in the fall. "A la carte" means you only pay for the weeks you'll be in town, so it's a flexble and easy way to keep moving forward while you have some summer fun.

Not all of our instructors teach summer lessons, but we do have options for every kind of lesson that we offer. Book as many as ten or as few as six lessons over the summer to keep from losing the progress you've made, but still have the flexibility to work around your summer schedule. It's the best of both worlds!

Shoot us an email and we'll get you on the schedule. (thumbs up)

Early Registration Is Open! Save 10% Before May 19th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/22/19.

Registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year, which means current music students have until May 19th to retain their current lesson times for the next school year. After that date, we'll purge the schedule and start filling it up with new requests.

For those looking to grab new class or lesson times: Our early childhood dance classes (Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics) and our after school music blocks always fill up fast, so it's always a good idea to register early for those. If you're making changes, now is the best time to get those requests in as well, as the schedule will never be as empty as it is on May 19th, and we will fulfill those requests on a first-come first-served basis.

To hold spots, you only need to pay the $75 registration fee, although you can pay tuition and get the 10% early registration discount as well. Shoot us an email if you have questions. If you're already registered with us, we don't need new contact info or a form. We just need to know what you need. Take a peek at next year's class schedule, and call or email to get your spots held! One way or another, we'll see you soon. = )

Music Recitals Are Coming Soon!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/09/19.

Trinity Arts Center's end-of-year music recitals are coming up. Check the schedule below (or the online calendar) for information on when your student's instructor(s) are hosting theirs. Looking forward to hearing the progress you've made!

Patty Booher - Saturday, April 27th at 4:00 PM
Erin Dalton - Friday, May 10th at 7:00 PM
Laurie Dlugos - Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 AM
Colin Jeffress - Saturday, May 11th at 11:30 AM
Rob Meier & Sam Konstantopoulos - Saturday, May 11th at 2:00 PM
Zach Ross - Saturday, May 11th at 4:30 PM
Aaron Jackson - Friday, May 17th at 7:00 PM
Kalie Yeagle - Saturday, May 18th at 11:30 AM
Barb Jeffress - Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 PM
John Shirey - Saturday, May 18th at 4:30 PM

As always, parents are welcome to switch things up to align their schedules. Let us know if you have any questions about how that works. = )

Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Spring Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/11/19.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Spring Break. Enjoy the break, start your spring cleaning, get outside for a hike, or get those new flowers in the ground. We'll see you on Monday, March 18th, when we return. = )

Don't forget, you can check our online calendar any time for info about upcoming events, holidays, etc.

4th Quarter Tuition Is Due By March 15th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/11/19.

4th quarter tuition is due by Friday, March 15th. If you're registered to pay tuition by quarter, you'll get a reminder email today, with links to an invoice that you can pay online. Thanks for helping to keep things running smoothly by being on time. We really appreciate it!

As always... shoot us an email or a Facebook message if you have questions. Even on Christmas break, we'll be pretty responsive to both.

Tickets Are On Sale For "Love Never Fails!"
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/22/19.

Mary Poppins

Purchase tickets for "Love Never Fails," our newest original contemporary dance production, which will be performed on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

For those who are new to Trinity, our spring dance production is one of two that we produce each year -- "God With Us" (our annual Christmas performance), and an original spring show. "Love Never Fails" is this year's spring production, featuring original choreography, set to contemporary, modern music. These shows aren't your typical ballet or recital. They are compelling, creative stories told through the art forms of dance and music. Regardless of your past experiences, we expect these performances to be something that almost anyone can enjoy and be moved by, and we'd love to see you there!

Parents & Students: Visit the Parent Production Page for detailed information about rehearsals, tickets, cast info, costumes, and more.

Parent Information Page - 2019 Summer Dance Auditions
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/11/18.

In preparation for the 2019 summer dance program audition season, Eden Huhn has put together a helpful resource for dance parents and students, with information about programs, locations, and dates. Visit that page to review that info, and make your summer plans!

Even if you're unsure about your readiness for summer dance programs (in skill level or financially), auditioning for summer programs is a great way to gain experience and confidence, and get good feedback from national dance instructors and program directors. We highly encourage our dancers to attend at least one each year.

Don't forget, Trinity Arts Center's Summer Dance Intensive is the week of June 10th through the 14th this year and will be featuring Valery Lantratov (for an entire week this time) and our own Brielle Rathbun, plus some other surprises. We'll announce complete info about that in February, but save the date, and make plans to attend.

Trinity Arts Center... Save The Dates!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/11/19.

As we launch into the second half of the 2018-2019 school year, now is a good time to save the dates for what's coming up. By the way... Our online calendar is always current, and is often set a year or more in advance, so that's always a good place to start. Here are a few key dates:

Quarter Tuition Due:Friday, January 4th
Semester Tuition Due:Friday, January 4th
Valery Lantratov Ballet Workshop:Saturday, January 19th
Father/Daughter Dance:Saturday, February 16th
Spring Break:Sunday, March 10th - Saturday, March 16th
Quarter Tuition Due:Friday, March 15th
Spring Dance Production (TBA):Saturday, May 4th
End-Of-Year Music Recitals:(se above)
Registration Open For 2019-2020:Friday, April 19th
Last Day Of Classes:Sunday, May 19th
Early Registration Deadline:Sunday, May 19th
Summer Dance Intensive:Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 14th
Princess Ballerina Camp 1:Monday, June 17th - Friday, June 21st
Princess Ballerina Camp 2:Monday, June 24th - Friday, June 28th

Of course, we'll add more to the calendar as we move forward, but this gives you an idea what to expect for the rest of the 2018-19 school year. You can always reference our online calendar, message us on Facebook, email us, or call/text to (423) 926-6048.

Registration For Princess Ballerina Camp Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/11/19.

Registration for this year's Princess Ballerina Camp is open! From dance classes to tea parties and face painting to dress up, if you are a young girl (ages 3-8), Princess Ballerina Camp is the place to be this summer!

As of Friday, February 22nd, we have 1 open spot in week one, and 29 for week two. We will likely be full by the end of March, so if you're interested, you need to act quickly.

Princess Ballerina Camp is a half-day arts camp that introduces young girls to dance, art, music, grace, and manners in a playful, fun, and colorful way. Daily activites will include tea parties, costumes, dance classes, music instruction, art projects, face painting, and more -- all designed to give your princess a fun-filled week of instruction, friendship, and creativity.

This year's camps will be held from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st (Week 1) and from Monday, June 24th to Friday, June 28th (Week 2), from 9:00 to 12:00 each day, with a mid-morning snack and juice provided. To register, stop by the front desk at Trinity Arts Center or shoot us an email. Last year's camps filled up by the end of February, so please register early to guarantee your spot. The cost is $120 per week, and includes all materials.

Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/11/19.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Valery Lantratov, General Director of the Russian National Ballet Federation, will be teaching two ballet master classes on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00-11:30 (intermediate) and 11:30-1:00 (advanced).

A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet, dancing principal roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Copellia, and Romeo & Juliet. Valery's credits include international performances with the Kremlin Ballet, and the Russian National Ballet Foundation, which he formed in 1993, being named "People s Artist of Russia" -- the Russian Federation's highest artistic honor.

Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate from Russia's National Academy of Theatrical Arts and is currently touring via the Russian National Ballet Foundation, introducing international audiences to some of the finest classical works of Russia. To see a video of Mr. Lantratov in action, watch this video on You Tube.

The Intermediate class is for our Level 3 & 4 students (pre-pointe). The Advanced class is for our Level 5 & 6 (on pointe). Participation is just $25. Please take advantage of this very special opportunity to study from a true Russian Master. Email or call to register.

Make Memories At Our 7th Annual Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/07/18.

Come create memories with your daughter(s) at Trinity Arts Center's 8th annual Father/Daughter dance! There are other Father/Daughter dances and events in town, but the energy and atmosphere of this event is unique. I promise, you and your daughters will remember these annual dates for a long time to come! Make your reservation fast, before tickets are sold out (they sell out every year).

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is an elegant night of dessert and dancing, with all proceeds going to fund scholarships at Trinity Arts Center. Come dance the night away with your daughters, friends, and fellow fathers. It will be a night to remember (it always is).

Attire is formal (anything from slacks and a button-down to full-blown tux), as we'll spend the evening dancing under the lights at The Venue, in downtown Johnson City, on Saturday, February 16th from 6:00-9:00. Tickets are $20 each. Call or email early to reserve your place. We'll see you there!

Make God With Us A Part Of Your Christmas Tradition!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/07/18.

God With Us is an original, contemporary dance production that celebrates the birth of Jesus. With both contemporary and traditional Christmas music, and irresistably cute moments from our three and four year old dancers and meaningful moments from our most experienced ones, God With Us will entertain and inspire people of all ages. It's a beautiful way to remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas.

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

We'll Be Closed For Christmas From 12/23-01/06!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/07/18.

"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." - John 1:29 NASB

Trinity Arts Center will be closed for a two-week Christmas Break from Sunday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 6th, reopening on Monday, January 7th. While we're talking about Christmas, we may as well mention our our snow policy as well.

Since the roads are often clear by the time we start afternoon classes, we do not follow the closing schedule of any local school system. In case of bad road conditions, we will make a decision by noon of the day in question, posting an update to our web site and Facebook, and sending an email to let you know.