Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/29/16.
With five weeks remaining, we're still $30,000 from our year-end goal. As we kick off the season of giving with Giving Tuesday, please help build a home for Trinity Arts Center that will ensure that our community of artists and teachers can serve your family and our community with Gospel-infused arts education and performances for generations to come. We literally cannot do it without you. Please, donate today.
Visit trinityartscenter.com/buildingfund or stop by the front desk to give a tax-deductible donation. It would be such an encouragement to us to have your support as we take BIG steps for the future. Thank you!
Don't have extra money to donate right now? Trinity Arts Center will make contributing to the building fund super-easy.
Pay your January tuition in December, and we'll donate 10% of your tuition to help meet the Arts Foundation's 2016 goal.
It's like a lunch meeting with a friend. You have to eat anyway. We may as well do some good while we're taking care of business! = ) Again, thanks.
Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Thanksgiving!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/21/16.
Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Thanksgiving. We're so thankful for you! Thanks for everything you do for us, for our family, and for our community. Have a great week off. We'll see you next week, about three pounds heavier!
Don't forget, you can check our online calendar any time, for up-to-date info on productions, holidays, tuition deadlines, and more.
Rebecca Marr Photography, Wemmicks Pics & More!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/14/16.
Oh my goodness, I've dropped the ball on this. Rebecca Marr sent me this link back in June (and reminded me about it twice), but I keep forgetting to share the link. Anyway... Better late than never, here's a link to The Wemmicks Photo Gallery. View, download, and print at your leisure.
For those who aren't familiar, The Wemmicks is a spring production that Tanya and I created in 2011, based on the Max Lucado book, "You Are Special," which we reprised this past spring. If you missed it, we're sorry, you missed out. It is a great show. But you can live vicariously through the photos on Rebecca's site. You can also pick up tickets for our Christmas production of God With Us or look forward to our production of "David" in the spring.
Rebecca is also booking Santa sessions, Christmas Tree Farm sessions, and is always booking family pics (perhaps, for those last minute Christmas cards?). Give her a shout.
We've decided to extend the pre-order deadline for our new round of hoodies, track jackets, sweatpants, joggers, and t-shirts for one more week -- until next Friday, November 18th (don't worry, they will still arrive before Christmas).
Merchandise Pre-Order Extended To November 18th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/11/16.
Bu the way... These designs are not all Trinity-specific, and include a couple options that will make a unique gift for any fan of the arts. Here's the catch: They are only available via pre-order and will not be available "on the rack" like last time.
Take a look at the order form for pictures, descriptions, and size information.
If you want them, either for yourself, or as a Christmas gift for someone else... Fill out a form at the front desk or shoot us an email before November 18th to let us know what you'd like. P.S. We have gift certificates available as well, so you can give the gift of cool, warm, comfortable clothing AND give the gift of music, dance, or art to your favorite musician, dancer, or artist. = )
We Have Some Suggestions About Parking!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/11/16.
The Johnson City Police Department has fielded several complaints about traffic the last couple weeks, and have asked us to remind our teachers, students, and parents that parking on Chase Drive is illegal, and that, although they'd love to show us some grace, we've been making it difficult.
Although parking is illegal on the street, we understand that it is often more convenient than finding a space, especially when you're only dropping off or picking up before or after class. Recognizing that, here is a a parking map that we use for recitals and other high-traffic times that might make you aware of some options you hadn't considered, or didn't know were ours. As you know, we are working on a new facility, but until that day arrives, this is the best we've got.
- If you do park on the street, you do so at your own risk. These aren't high dollar tickets, but it's still frustrating to get one.
- If you decide to risk a ticket, for convenience sake, please make sure that you park facing the correct way, and close enough to the curb to allow two-way traffic on the main road (these seeem to be the two flags that prompt grumpy, child-hating pass-through drivers to complain.) = )
- We're sorry we don't have more convenint parking options right now. Thanks for your patience, and for being willing to walk a bit farther to keep us in good standing with the city. We really do appreciate it.
- While we're on the subject, maintaining the one-way traffic flow past the back building really helps to reduce confusion and expedite the transition between classes. If you're early, and need to wait, please stay to the right, near the curb in front of the back studio so that the left lane remains free for other vehicles to make an exit. Keeping that left lane clear helps things run smoothly. Again, thanks.
Limited Edition Taylor Guitar Giveaway!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/07/16.
At midnight on December 17th (just in time for Christmas) we're giving away a limited edition 30th anniversary Taylor guitar with a retail value of $5,498, with all proceeds going toward the Trinity Arts Center building fund.
Visit the Guitar Giveaway Page for complete details, photos of the guitar, and information on how to win. Thanks to Michael & Violetta Ward for their generous donation of this beautiful instrument. Michael has already put in a few entries of his own, hoping to win her back. = )
Entries are $10 each. Enter as many times as you like. We'll draw a name after this year's production of God WIth Us and will notify the winner the next day. Good luck!
Limited Edition Taylor Guitar Giveaway
The Building Fund Has Officially Begun!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/03/16.
Note: Thanks to your generosity, we're at 1/3 of our goal, with $17,000 raised so far. (Amazing!) But, we still have a long way to go. If you haven't donated your $20 bill yet, please do that (or any other amount... Donations are tax-deductible). We need your help!
Last year, we started to share a vision with you -- a vision of a permanent facility for Trinity Arts Center that would provide a place where thousands of students could find a home in the arts, an identity in the Gospel, and a vision for how the two intersect in their lives.
Over our first ten years, we've seen the impact that creative students and teachers can have on our community, and on individual lives, as we come together to create new work, inspire new artists, and tell stories of the Gospel in new and creative ways.
We believe in the gift of creativity, and the positive impact it can have on others, and we desire to leave a legacy of creativity, honesty, community, and love that will impact our kids, and their kids, and their kids.
Between now and December 31st, we're taking the first step -- securing the money that will allow us to consider land, draw up plans, and form the partnerships that will move us toward our ultimate goal -- a permanent facility and a 1,200 seat community performing arts center.
In our first ten years, we've:
- Given away more than $400,000 in scholarships.
- Produced more than 50 creative and Gospel-rich performances.
- Provided classes, lessons, or workshops to over 2,000 families, more than 10% of Johnson City's school-age population.
- Employed more than 100 teachers and guest artists (35 currently employed).
- Partnered with dozens of churches, after school programs, organizations, and schools to provide support, resources, grants, educational programs, worship, and entertainment.
- Awarded Arts Give Back grants of $2,000 to $10,000 for organizations doing good work in our community.
- And much, much, more...
We believe that now is the time to act. Will you help us meet our Phase 1 goal of $50,000 by giving one $20 bill toward our cause?
You can give more than that if you like (in fact, we're going to need some large donors and partners to pull this off), but if every person who is connected to our community would give a single, $20 bill, we would meet our goal, and start down a path that will impact the lives of thousands of students, artists, and patrons for decades to come.
Click here for more information about what we're planning, including donation levels, a list of community leaders, and more. Sincerely, thanks.
Trinity Merchandise Pre-Order Until November 11th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/01/16.
Starting today, wer're taking pre-orders for Trinity track jackets, hoodies, sweatpants, joggers, and four t-shirt designs that will arrive just in time for cold weather, and will make perfect Christmas gifts! Download an order form, or pick one up at the front desk, and order before November 11th to get yours.
The hoodies, sweat pants, and t-shirts come in both youth and adult sizes, so we have something for everyone, from the Youth Small to Adult XX-Large. We will not be carrying inventory of these items. They will only be available via pre-order, before 6:30 PM on Friday, November 11th. You can order via phone or email as well. (423) 926-6048 or email@example.com.
Tickets For God With Us Are On Sale Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/24/16.
Tickets for the 11th annual performance of God With Us, our Christmas dance production, are on sale today! Make God With Us a part of your family's Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 17th 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 classic Christmas music. From irresistably cute moments from our three and four year old dancers, to meaningful moments from our most experienced ones, God With Us will entertain and inspire people of all ages. After eleven years, I still can't wait to see what our dancers will bring this year. 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.
Hip-Hop Workshop w/ Eric Lopez & Brielle Rathbun!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/09/16.
On Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, Brielle (our own multi-talented hip-hop and choreography phenom) and Chicago-based guest artist, choreographer, and instructor, Eric Lopez, will lead a two-day collaborative hip-hop workshop covering Commercial Hip-Hop, Street Grooves, Contemporary, Choreography, Improvisation, and Partner/Collaboration, with Q&A, Lectures, and more.
Eric (a Chicago native working with Visceral, The LAB, Millenium, Movement, Titanium Crew, and more) and Brielle became fast friends at this year's BuildABest workshops in Los Angeles, where they began dreaming up a collaborative workshop at Trinity. On November 4th, Eric is flying in to Johnson City to do just that!
Friday, November 4th:
6:30pm-8:00pm - Meet & Greet, Lecture, and Worship Jam
Saturday, November 5th:
10:30-11:30 - Hip-hop (Eric)
11:30-12:30 - Lunch and Q&A w/ Eric
12:30-01:30 - Hip-hop (Brielle)
01:30-02:30 - Contemporary (Brielle)
02:30-03:00 - 30 Minute Break
03:00-04:00 - Hip-hop (Eric)
04:00-05:00 - Jam Concept & Cypher (Eric)
As always, students and instructors from other studios are welcome. We're targeting ages 12+ and dancers with at least intermediate dance experience, although being new to hip-hop is OK. Just shoot us an email to hold your spot. No matter where you are on the hip-hop spectrum, this workshop will add new tools to your hip-hop toolbox, and will (we hope) help connect like-minded dancers in our community for future collaboration. Come on out! The cost for both days is just $25. For around eight hours of instruction, inspiration, and connection... That's a deal! You should definitely come.
We Are Closed This Week For Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/03/16.
Trinity Arts Center is closed the week of Monday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 8th. We'll resume classes on Monday, October 10th, which will begin the second quarter of our school year. Invoice reminders will go out today. Please pay those online, or stop by the front desk next week. Enjoy the break!
Don't forget about our online calendar -- the best place to get up-to-date info about upcoming events, tuition deadlines, etc. See you next week!
Guest Artist: Kylie Morton Berry Ballet Workshop!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/03/16.
On Saturday, October 22nd, Kylie Morton Berry (Charlotte Ballet, Appalachian Ballet Company) will be offering workshops for two levels: Intermediate (our levels 4 or 5) from 12:00-1:30 and advanced (our levels 6 or 7) from 1:30 to 3:30. The cost is $25 for either workshop.
Kylie has performed as a principal dancer and soloist, including three seasons with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now known as the Charlotte Ballet) and as a guest artist with the Charleston Ballet. In 2014, Kylie was awareded a choreography scholarship to Regional Dance America's National Choreographic Intensive through the Southeast Regional Ballet Association. Currently, she teaches with the Appalachian Ballet Company and Van Metre School of Dance in Knoxville, TN.
Register now to hold your spot. Kylie has a unique combination of performance, choreography, and teaching experience that will benefit any dancer. Please make plans to attend. As always, students from other schools are welcome. We'd love to have you!
Charleston Ballet Workshops on September 24th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/06/16.
On Saturday, September 24th, Jill Eathorne Bahr & Patricia Cantwell, Artistic Director and Choreographer from Charleston Ballet and Coastal Ballet US, will be offering workshops for two levels: Intermediate (our levels 4 or 5) from 12:00-1:30 for $20; and advanced (our levels 6 or 7) from 1:30 to 3:30 for $25.
As always, students from other schools are welcome. Please take advantage of this opportunity to study under these very experienced and talented instructors. Jill and Patricia have a rich history of work under their belts, and have trained students at the highest levels. Do not miss this opportunity. Shoot us an email to hold your spot.
Couples 2-for-1 Ball Room Classes on Monday Nights!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/06/16.
Our new Ball Room classes, offered every Monday night from 7:00-8:00, are designed to be a fun, weekly date night with that special someone. Hubbies: Score big-time points by scheduling some creative one-on-one time. Ladies: Up your man's dance game at least seven points, then show him off at the next wedding or holiday party you attend. Flying solo for now? That's OK. We've got partners for you too. Couple get a 2-for-1 deal on tuition though, so you may as well bring a friend!
As with all of our classes, you're welcome to stop in for a free, trial lesson to make sure it's a good fit. Shoot us an email to hold your spot. We'd love to have you!
We Are Open For Labor Day!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/05/16.
We are open for Labor Day (although we won't hold it against you if you choose to sneak in a day at the lake or a family trip this weekend). By the way... We're always open for the single-day holidays, except for Thanksgiving (where we take the whole week off). Our other breaks (fall break, Christmas break, and spring break) line up with the Johnson City school schedule.
By the way... Our online calendar is always up-to-date if you have a question about when we're open or closed, or about upcoming recitals, tuition deadlines, or productions. We'll publish info about snow days in a couple months (we do our own thing there too). We'll see you soon!
Classes Begin Next Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/25/16.
This week is your last chance to register before classes begin next week. Of course, we add new students year-round, but many class and teacher rosters fill up fast. If you're trying to juggle all of the pieces (aren't we all?), now is the time to get your dance, art, and music classes up for the fall. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the class and lesson times you need.
An updated class schedule is always available at trinityartscenter.com/registration. We're still scrambling to catch up and keep up with email and voicemail, but we're fulfilling those requests on a first-come first-served basis, and will get back with you quickly!
One way or another... We're excited to jump into a new school year. We love what we do! Thanks for letting us do it!
We have two more early registration open houses on Monday, July 25th and Friday, July 29th, from 4:00-7:00. Stop by and see us. As is our strict policy at Trinity Arts Center... Hugs are always free! Come and get one!
Music Is Fun! (Early Childhood Music Classes)
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/25/16.
Next week, we're launching an early childhood music class we're calling Music Is Fun! This class is designed for students between four and eight (with some flexibility), and will be offered Wednesday morning at 10:00, Wednesday afternoon at 5:45, and Thursday afternoon at 4:00.
This program is being developed by Courtney Hollenbeck, an experienced early childhood educator, music instructor, and former Colts cheerleader from Indianapolis. From Courtney's syllabus: "Play is the work of children. In the Music is Fun class, your child will learn essential musical skills through the wonder of play; learning to understand and enjoy music while expanding their confidence, creativity, and friendships." I guarantee your kids will love her! Let us know if you'd like us to hold a spot!
Tap Is Back for 2016!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/25/16.
Tap classes are back at Trinity Arts Center! Courtney Hollenbeck, early childhood educator and former Colts cheerleader, will be teaching a single, all ages class on Wednesday at 5:00. If you're interested, please let us know. We'd love to hold a spot for you!
Tuition is the same as for all dance classes -- $145 per quarter, $270 per semester, or $500 per year + a $40 registration fee. We'd love to have you!
Early Registration Nights Are On The Calendar!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/12/16.
Tanya, Brooke, and I will be at the Arts Center from 4:00-7:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week (July 13-15) and on Monday and Friday the next two weeks (July 18, 22, 25, and 29) to help answer questions, and get class and lesson times locked down for the 2016-17 school year. Classes begin on August 1st. Only the $40 registration fee is due to hold a spot. If you're not registered yet, it might be time!
Of course, you can always call or email as well. Our response times are still a bit slow this time of year, but we're getting closer to caught up every day. Hopefully we'll see you soon!
The 2016-17 Class/Lesson Schedule Is Online!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 06/05/16.
Our early registration dates have passed, but earlier is still better re: getting registered for the 2016-17 school year. For dance or art, check the online schedule and let us know where we can hold a spot. For private music lessons, call or email so we can find a day, time, and teacher that works best. Around 70% of the available class and lesson times are already reserved. The sooner you check this off your list, the more options you'll have!
For more information, Download the 2016-2017 Registration Form, call, or email. As always, check the online calendar for start dates, summer camps, workshops, and everything else. Call or email if you have any questions. Thanks!
Note: We do not require a new registration form for families who have previously been registered. We just need to know what classes/lessons you'd like to participate in this year, and how you'd like to pay. From there, we will email you an invoice so you can confirm and pay online.
Peter & The Wolf on June 4th and 11th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 06/03/16.
On June 4th and 11th (both Saturdays), Trinity Arts Center's Senior Company and Classical Variations classes will present an entertaining and educational version of Prokofiev's classic children's story, Peter & The Wolf. Show times are at 1:00 and 4:00 on both days and will be presented on the small stage in our lobby. You'll be glad you came!
Come meet Peter (strings), his Grandfather (bassoon), Bird (flute), Cat (clarinet), Duck (oboe), the Hunters (woodwinds with timpani and bass drum), and even the Wolf (french horn), as we present this classic and fun children's ballet that teaches students to recognize a variety of musical instruments as the story and its characters unfold.
Tickets are $5 each (limit of $10 per family), and are available at the door. We'll see you there!
Summer Music Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/06/16.
Don't lose momentum over the summer! Our summer lesson schedule allows flexibility for vacations and camps by only paying for the weeks that you are available. Only some of our instructors teach summer lessons, but we do have instructors available on all of our regular instruments. Call or shoot me an email if you're interested.
Summer lessons are being offered on week days starting at 2:30 in the afternoon (although individual instructors' schedules vary). Tuition is a flat $17 per week x the number of lessons you are able to make, with no registration fee. Call or email for more info, or stop by the front desk to grab your spot.
Summer Art: Go Big Or Go Home Team Sculpture Workshop!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/06/16.
Christopher Allen Boyd will be leading a four week "Go Big Or Go Home" Team Sculpture Workshop for ages 8-13, every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:30 beginning on May 31st and running through June 23rd. Students will team up to to build larger than life sculptures using wire, paper mache, paint, and more. Tuition is $160 for the 16 hour workshop and includes all materials. Space is limited, so register now to guarantee a spot.
Christopher is a ridiculously talented artist and mad scientist who crafts custom pottery, draws, paints, and more. I guarantee your young artist will learn from this experience, and will walk away inspired to create more. Besides, it'll be good to keep them busy in the afternoons, once they get out of the pool. = ) Shoot me an email to hold a spot.
Summer Art: Life Drawing Workshop For Adults!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/06/16.
Join me (I'll literally be taking this workshop) for our first art series created for adults (or very serious teens). Our Life Drawing workshop will walk us through the tips and techniques necessary to translate what our eyes see to what our hands can create on paper. For those of us who have undeveloped talent or unfulfilled interest -- this series is a great way to invest in both.
This 16 hour workshop (taught by Christopher Allen Boyd) will progress from gesture drawing techniques to full figure drawing, and will include live models (fully clothed, so it will be appropriate for older teens). The class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 from May 31st through June 23rd. Tuition for this series runs $160. All materials are included. Space is limited. Shoot me an email to hold a spot.
Our Summer Dance Intensive Is Going To Be Amazing!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/25/16.
Registration for our 2016 Summer Dance Intensive is open today, with some past favorites and some new faces that are going to deliver an amazing series of classes for this summer's two-week program. Space is limited so register now for one or both weeks (June 6-10 and June 13-17). It will be a summer to remember!
This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), Denise Gillman (Cecchetti Council, Gillman's School of Dance), and Anna Daught (Lake Erie Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet); and some new faces like Carl Harris & Natassia Harris (Just Dance Video Game, E3, Stage One), and Allan McCormick (LeReve, Celine Dion, Dancing With The Stars).
Both weeks of our intensive (June 6-10 and June 13-17) will include an intense 5 1/2 hour daily schedule of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and theatrical classes, with lots of opportunities to learn new choreography, push yourself, and benefit from the varied personal experience of this amazing group of dancers, teachers, and choreographers. In addition to being talented performers and teachers, these guests are all incredible role models and mentors. You will be inspired and changed.
Classes are available for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least three years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300 per week or $500 for both. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included.
Download the brochure or visit trinityartscenter.com/sdi for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions. We'd love to see you there!
Registration For Princess Ballerina Camp Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/07/16.
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!
We're sorry. Princess Ballerina Camp is sold out, with more names on the waiting list than we can possibly accommodate. Hopefully we'll see you next year!
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 camp will be held from Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th, 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 camp filled up in about two weeks so, please register early to guarantee your spot. The cost is $100 and includes all materials, supplies, and a camp t-shirt.