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Early Registration Is Open! Save 10% Before June 1st 15th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/11/20.

Since we were late with early registration this year, we've decided to extend the 10% discount another two weeks, hopefully giving you time to lock in lessons for the fall. DON'T FORGET: You'll receive a 10% discount for any tuition paid before June 15th (year, semester, or quarter) but -- you only need to pay the $75 registration fee to hold your spots.

Registration is open for the 2020-21 school year, which gives current music students (and early childhood dance students) until June 1st 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 June 1st, 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. The 2020-21 class schedule is online, but if you're already regsitered with us, we don't need anything filled out. Just let us know what you need. = )

Keep Moving Forward w/ A La Carte Summer Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/11/20.

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)

How We Are Handling Corona Credits & Refunds!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/11/20.

Although we've done our best to provide classes and lessons during the national shutdown, we'll finish up the school year on May 15th having offered two fewer weeks than we had planned (and even more for those who didn't participate in online classes). In addition, the gradual ramp-up in May and June will come too late and with too many restrictions for us to offer our Summer Dance Intensive and Princess Ballerina Camps this year, so... Here's our plan.

This week, Brooke and I will go through every invoice for this school year (music, dance, tickets, and camps) and apply credits for what was missed. Starting May 15th, that credit can be applied toward your early registration for the 2020-21 school year or any future classes, lessons, or productions. If you would prefer a refund, we'll be glad to do that, but -- it'll have to wait until August. Refunds and lost revenue due to the shutdown will cost us around $100,000 and we just can't absorb any additional losses right now.

If you have questions about that, shoot us an email and we'll provide specifics about your situation. A few of you have already reached out to donate that unused tuition, which we're glad to do as well, since it'll soften the blow a bit when we get restarted in August.

Along those lines... Just a quick "thank you" to you guys for being so patient and encouraging along the way. Without a doubt, we've felt loved and supported -- the recipients of more grace than we deserve. Thanks for that. Can't wait to see you again in person, very soon! = )

Dance Classes Go "Live" This Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/10/20.

On Monday, April 13th, a modified dance schedule will stream "live" and online via the Zoom video platform. Follow the instructions below to get ready, then join us online for your class(es) this week. We can't wait to "see" you!
  1. Download the Zoom application.
  2. Set up your free account.
  3. Plan ahead. Set up an environment in your home with space to dance and a location for the computer, tablet, or device that you will use to stream the class..
  4. Visit and click on the classroom for your age and style a few minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.
  5. Wait in the "waiting room" until the instructor adds you to the class.
  6. Say hello to your teacher and friends, dance, and have a great time!
  7. Leave the virtual classroom, practice, and come back the next week.

We had a very successful first week of onilne music lessons last week, and we're excited to reconnect with our dance students as well. Our ability to train you is important to us and we're excited to be back in the classroom. But also, we're excited to "see" you, to hear how you are doing, and to help you connect with your friends so you can encourage and build them up as well.

P.S. Don't forget! We've been adding new dance videos to our YouTube channel weekly, so... Take advantage of those also -- to learn something new, to be motivated and inpired, and to stay in shape until we can get back in the studio.

Music Lessons Are Online Starting Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/06/20.

Starting today, all private music lessons will be held online, at the regular day and time, using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. To prepare for your lesson, and to "meet" your teacher online, follow the instruction below, or at

  1. Download the Zoom application.
  2. Set up your free account.
  3. Plan ahead. Set up your home lesson space so you can see and hear the teacher and so they can see and hear you.
  4. Click your instructor's link at a few minutes before your lesson time.
  5. Wait in the "waiting room" until the instructor adds you to the lesson.
  6. Have a great time and learn a lot.
  7. Leave the lesson, practice, and come back the next week.

Also... Please be patient with the technology, with your instructor, and with yourselves. I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, and I figure 1/2 of the lessons this week will be messy, at best. But... We had some very successful lessons last week, and we're excited to reconnect with the rest of you now. Just do what you can to prepare well, and expect a few delays.

Although our ability to give the instruction we'd like will be hampered a bit in this first week, our ability to connect relationally and give individual encouragement and inspiration is not. = ) Think of it as an adventure and an opportunity, and let's have a great week!

P.S. We're adding new dance videos to our YouTube channel every week, for every level and every style. Use those to stay in shape until we can connect for "live" classes next week. See you then!

Trinity Arts Center Is Back... Online!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/03/20.

On Monday, April 6th, we will transition all PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS online at their regular day and time using Zoom, an online video platform. For DANCE STUDENTS, we will add 10-12 new videos to our YouTube channel this week, then go live with a modified ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE on Monday, April 13th. For complete details, visit

We've been testing this tech for a couple weeks now, and although it's not as good as being there in person, it is an effective way to offer lessons online. With that said... I'm sure week one will be a little clunky as we adapt to this new way of teaching, but we expect this to be a good option until we can see you again in person -- hopefuly soon. = )

Again, visit for links and complete details and our YouTube channel for something to tide your dance students over until April 13th.

CLICK HERE to see the full video announcement on YouTube.

We've Extended Spring Break AGAIN!
Updated by Jamin Rathbun on 03/28/20.

Update on 03/28/20: We have decided to extend our Spring Break again, but will have online resources next week, and online classes ready to go soon. Please watch the video for additional information. Thanks!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN UPDATE if the video doesn't load below.

MAKE A DONATION on the Foundation web site (scroll to the bottom) to contribute to the grants we'll be giving out next week and use the button below to buy tickets for The Prodigal, coming on May 2nd. Tuition reminders will go out today via email. Please take care of that as well. Thanks!

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Thanks!

Tickets For The Prodigal Are On Sale Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/16/20.

Tickets for The Prodigal, an original, full-length, contemporary dance production telling the biblical story of the prodigal son, are on sale today! This is a powerful story, choreographed to music from some of your favorite artists -- not a "recital" and not a "ballet," but a timeless story of redemption told in a creative and compelling way, through music and dance. Join us on Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more.

Trinity Arts Center Is On Spring Break This Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/16/20.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Spring Break. We're keeping an eye on recommendations regarding the Corona Virus, and will make a decision later this week about whether extending the break is wise. In the meantime, wash your hands, start your spring cleaning early, and enjoy the break!

Don't forget, you can visit our online calendar any time for info about upcoming events, holidays, etc. In the case of an extended break, we'll send an email, update the web site, and all of our social media channels. Stay healthy. See you soon!

Photos From God With Us Are Online Now!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/14/20.

Photos of God With Us are now available, thanks to Maverick Dunavan w/ Maverick HD Photography and Robert Kell w/ Creative Story Visuals. Follow the links and instructions below to download images and/or order prints. As a thank you, bookmark their web sites and save them in your address book for the next time you need high quality photography.

View posed photography of both DRESS REHEARSALS by Maverick HD Photography. View and download photos for free with no password needed. Order prints using the button in the top-right corner of each image preview page.

View live shots of both PERFORMANCES by Creative Story Visuals. View watermarked photos with no password. Use the password 'tacGWU2019' to download images for free, or select and order prints on the right side of each page.

Seriously. Thanks to both of these guys for the time and effort it takes to shoot these and make them available to our parents and students. You creativity and talent are appreciated, but also, your willingness to serve and love us in this way. Thank you!

Make Memories At Our 9th Annual Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/07/20.

Make memories with your daughters at Trinity Arts Center's 9th annual Father/Daughter dance on Saturday, February 15th! This dance has become one of the highlights of my year, providing many great memories, and cherished photos of my girls growing up year after year. Make it a part of your annual tradition too, and reserve your spots today.

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). We'll spend the evening dancing under the lights at The Venue, in downtown Johnson City, on Saturday, February 15th from 6:00-9:00. Tickets are $20 per person, and include commemorative father/daughter photos. Call or email early to reserve your place. There are a limited # of spots, and we sell out every year! See you there!

Registration For Princess Ballerina Camp Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/06/20.

Registration for this year's Princess Ballerina Camp is open, with two weeks available for your little princess! 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 June 8-12th and 15-19th!

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 8th to Friday, June 12th (Week 1) and from Monday, June 15th to Friday, June 19th (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.

Please Remember Us In Your End-Of-Year Giving!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/09/19.

Since 2006, Trinity Arts Center and the Trinity Arts Foundation have given away more than HALF A MILLION DOLLARS in scholarships and community grants to creative students, teachers, and artists in our community!

We believe very much in the gift of creativity, and the positive impact it can have in the lives of our students and artists, and in our community. Since 2006, our primary goal has been encourage, train, and enable artists to use their talents to communicate the Gospel in creative and compelling ways. We're working hard, and stewarding our resources wisely, so that we can leave a legacy of creativity, honesty, community, and love that will impact our kids, and their kids, and their kids, for generations to come.

In addition to the more than 1/2 million in scholarship money and grants, here are some other ways we've had an impact in our community:

In our first fifteen years, we've: Will you help us continue being generous to these students, teachers, and artists? We raised almost $4,000 on Giving Tuesday (thank you!), but we'll need a lot more help to reach our year-end goal of $10,000. Will you help?

You can drop off a check at the front desk any time between now and December 20th (when we close for the Christmas Break) or mail your donation to: Trinity Arts Foundation, 909 Chase Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604. You can also donate online using the button below. However you decide to help... THANK YOU. We literally couldn't do it without you!


2020 Audition Dates For Summer Dance Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/09/19.

In preparation for the 2020 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.

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.

View that list online and start making plans for next year's auditions!

Please! Double Your Generosity On #GivingTuesday!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/02/19.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Facebook will match the first $7,000,000 in donations for #GivingTuesday. Support creative students, teachers, and artists, and double the size of your gift, on our matching donation page. Matching donations begin at 8:00 AM EST, so donate early to ensure your gift is matched!

For those who aren't familiar, the Trinity Arts Foundation has awarded more than half a million in grants and scholarships since 2006 and we're hoping to make 2020 our biggest year ever. We operate with zero administrative costs, so 100% of donations go to support artists and educators who are doing creative, community-building work. Please make a donation on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, December 2nd, or at any time between now and December 31st. Thank you!

We're Closed This Week For Thanksgiving!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/25/19.

As is our custom, Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for you, and we hope you have a wonderful week full of fellowship, family, and friends. We'll see you after the holiday, on December 2nd.

As always, our online calendar is always up to date. If you ever wonder about holidays or upcoming events, that's a good place to go.

Snow Cancellation Policy At Trinity Arts Center.
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/12/19.
Snow Cancellation Policy At Trinity Arts Center.
Since the weather and roads are often clear by the time we start classes, we do not follow the cancellation schedule for any of the area school systems and are usually open even when they are closed. When we do close, we get the word out via email, on the web site, and on Facebook by noon of the day in question.

If we are open, we will not post anything. Of course, use your own judgement if the roads where you live won't allow you to make it in (or if you'd just rather go sledding). = )

We Are Open For Halloween!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/30/19.

Trinity Arts Center is open for Halloween! If you're coming for classes and lessons, feel free to dress up (olders dancers, use your best judgement on this). Also, if you aren't coming (especially for private music lessons), will you let us know so we can plan accordingly? Thanks!

Remember, our online calendar is always current if you have questions about upcoming performances, holidays, recitals, tuition deadlines, and more.

Tickets For God With Us Are On Sale Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/21/19.

Tickets for the 14th annual performance of God With Us, our original, full-length, contemporary dance production telling the story of Christmas, are on sale today! Make God With Us a part of your family's Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 21st at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

God With Us includes performances by all of the dance students at Trinity Arts Center, set to contemporary and traditional Christmas music. From irresistably cute moments from our youngest dancers, to 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.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more.

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

2nd Quarter Tuition Was Due Ocober 13th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/20/19.

2nd quarter tuition was due last week. 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!

Shoot us an email, text, or Facebook message if you have questions. Thanks!

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.

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.