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Summer Music Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/15.

Like to keep from losing momentum and stalling progress over the summer, but need some flexibility for vacations and camps? Sign up for summer lessons and only pay for the weeks you're available. We have teachers available on all of our regular instruments. Call or shoot me an email for more info.

Summer lessons are being offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, starting at 2:30 in the afternoon. Tuition is a flat $17 per week x the number of lessons you are able to make, with no registration fee or extras. Call or email for more info. The majority of our teachers will begin the week of June 1st.



Summer Break Begins On Friday, May 22nd!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/15.

After this week's snow make-up days (Monday through Thursday only), we're on break from our regular classes and lessons until August 3rd. We do still have lots of summer art classes, dance intensives, and music lessons though. Scroll down the page a bit, or check the calendar for those.

P.S. Now is the best time of year to lock up the class and lesson times you need for the fall. Download next year's schedule, then call or email to hold your spots. We'll be a bit slower than usual to respond, but we'll get back to you asap.



Eight-Week Summer Art Workshops For All Ages!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/04/15.

Beginning June 2nd, we're launching an eight-week series of art classes for students of all ages (including adults). Students in all levels will experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques. Whatever your age or skill level, this is a great chance to take your creativity to new heights (and for moms, it's a great chance to get the kids out of the house for a couple hours, and make a mess at our place instead of yours).

Classes will be offered on three different days, from 10:00-12:00 on Tuesday, for ages 6-8, Wednesday, for ages 9-12, or Thursday, for ages 13 and up. The cost, for eight weeks (sixteen hours) of instruction, including all materials, is $200. Call or email to hold a spot. Space is limited, to ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction.



Battle of the Bands - Summer/Studio Edition!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/04/15.

This summer, we're taking our Battle of the Bands student songwriting workshop to the next level with a Studio Edition that will bring students from the rehearsal space into the recording studio! If you're a talented young musician who would like to take the next step in your musical journey; this is exactly what you're looking for.

This two-week intensive will include daily, three-hour rehearsals the week of June 22nd through June 26th, and a single 8-hour block of recording time at The Sound Asylum recording studio in Johnson City in week two. As with our "regular" Battle of the Bands workshops, you'll work with a coach to write original music with other talented musicians. The difference, is that instead of ten one-hour rehearsals, you'll get an intense fifteen hours of rehearsals in a single week, then transition to the studio to record, mix, and master your creation.

The workshop is limited to just four bands, and participants will have to audition so that we can match ages, playing ability, and styles, and ensure a positive writing and recording experience. Of course, you're welcome to bring your existing friends and/or bandmates to participate as well. Any style is welcome.

The cost to participate is $300, which will include rehearsals, studio time, a digital copy of your song, and lunch every day that we're in session (lunch and the studio time alone are worth more than $400). Bands will rehearse from either 9-12 or 1-4 each day, with an hour of crossover for lunch and hanging out, then will spend one eight-hour day in the studio the following week, recording their masterpiece (schedule to be determined by the coaches).

Call or email to schedule a private evaluation/audition. We'll continue scheduling those until all four rehearsal times are filled. We're imagining somewhere between 16 and 20 students total, so act quickly if you're interested. This could fill very fast.



Registration Is Open For The 2015-2016 School Year!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/01/15.

Registration is open for the 2015-2016 school year! We highly recommend grabbing your preferred class and lesson times early as some classes fill quickly. The deadline to keep your existing lesson times for the new school year is Friday, May 15th.

As always, private music students have the option to carry their existing lesson times into the new school year by registering before Friday, May 15th. If you're new, or are hoping to grab new lesson times for the coming school year, this is the best time of year to do that. You'll have more choices now than at any other time of the year.

For more information, Download the 2015-2016 registration form, call, or email. Existing students don't need to complete a new registration form. We already have your info on file, and can hold spots, and take tuition payments, at the front desk or over the phone. As always, check the online calendar for start dates, summer camps, and performances. Call or email if you have any questions. Thanks!



Rebecca Marr's Student Pictures Are Online!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/07/15.

Once again, Rebecca Marr has done an amazing job with our student pictures, which are available now. To access those galleries, follow the directions below. There are some good ones in there. You guys have cute kids!

Visit rebeccamarrphotography.pixieset.com to access the Trinity Arts Center photo galleries. To view them, simply click a photo set (grouped by level) and enter your email address. Once you are in, you can scroll through the thumbnails (they will continue to load as you scroll down the page), select them to see a larger preview, and order copies using the small shopping cart icon.

Note: The system will not allow you to combine images from multiple galleries into a single order. If you have students in multiple levels, you will have to create a new order for each gallery, then contact Rebecca so she can refund the extra shipping charges. You can also order through her directly, ask questions, or book additional sessions via rebecca@rebeccamarrphotography.com. Thanks!



Join (Or Utilize) Our Community Partner Program!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/07/15.

We've added a small (but growing soon) Community Partner Page, where you can find businesses, products, or services that you're looking for, owned by parents, friends, and members of our community. Through Trinity, we're connected to a lot of folks who do a lot of things, and we thought it might be helpful to provide a place to find them.

Out of the gates, we've linked to Darla Kinser, CPA, Fox & Cole PLLC Law Firm, Rebecca Marr Photography, David Clapp Photography, and Chateau Selah Wedding/Event Venue -- all operated by good friends and long-time supporters of Trinity Arts Center and the Trinity Arts Foundation. We highly recommend them. They are all 100% trustworthy, and amazing at what they do.

We hope to see that list grow substantially over the coming months, and becomes a good resource for you to find high-quality and trustworthy business partners to provide the services or products you're looking for. Visit trinityartscenter.com/communitypartners to see who's on the list. If you'd like to be on the list, let us know and we'll get you set up.



Our Summer Dance Intensive Is Going To Be Amazing!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/03/15.

Registration for our 2015 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 1-5 and June 8-12). 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) and Misty Rasconsmith (Word In Motion, Pink, Christina Aguilera), and some new faces, like Alexander & Heather Kotelenets (Texas Ballet Theatre), and Theara Ward (Belhaven College, Dance Theatre of Harlem).

Both weeks of our intensive (June 1-5 and June 8-12) 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!



End Of Year Music Recitals Are On April 3/4 & 10/11.
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/23/15.

Our end-of-year music recitals (where the majority of our music students show off their hard work in the practice room) are on the calendar (and listed below). Check out those dates and mark your calendars for April 3/4 and 10/11. I can't wait to hear what you've been up to!

Friday, April 3rd
07:00 PM - Sarah Lester (Strand)

Saturday, April 4th
09:00 AM - Rachel Strand (Snodgrass)
11:30 AM - Zach Ross
07:00 PM - Rob Meier

Friday, April 10th
07:00 PM - Leona Tokutake

Saturday, April 11th
09:00 AM - Melanie Poling
11:30 AM - Patty Booher
02:00 PM - Barb Jeffress
04:30 PM - Miriah Hawkins
07:00 PM - Aaron Jackson

Generally speaking, these recitals run around sixty minutes but can be as long as ninety, depending on how many students are performing. Each instructor sets the "tone" for their recital and may send home additional instruction about attire and protocol. Family and friends are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

Although it's ideal to have students perform at their instructor's recital time, we are flexible, and allow students to perform at any time that works for your family's schedule. If you have questions about that, shoot us an email or touch base with your instructor.



We Are Extending Our School Year By One Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/23/15.

To make up for the surprising number of snow days (and awesome sledding) we had this winter, we've decided to extend our school year one week, finishing up on May 22nd instead of May 15th. This aligns our end-date with the Johnson City school system, so we expect the impact to be minimal.

We'll run a regular schedule for all of our dance programs, private music lessons, and art classes during this extra week, with a handful of exceptions. We'll follow up individually with students who are effected by those. If you have questions, or have a schedule conflict that won't allow you to attend classes that week, let us know. Thanks!



Tickets For Joseph Are Available Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/23/15.

Tickets for our May 2nd performances of Joseph are available today! Stop by the front desk during our regular hours or visit trinityartscenter.com/tickets to order yours. All seating is reserved so, the earlier you order, the more options you'll have.

For parents and patrons who are new to Trinity Arts Center, we want to make sure you know what to expect. A Trinity Arts Center production is nothing like the dance "recitals" you're probably used to. Our performances are different. Joseph, in particular, includes music from Kari Jobe, Jonsi, Hanz Zimmer, Steffany Gretzinger, Whitney Houston, Bethel Music, Jenn Johnson, Kristian Stanfill, and All Sons & Daughters -- a soundtrack with something for everyone, including little brothers.

Accompanying that eclectic soundtrack will be some very cute moments (three year olds dressed as cows) and some very meaningful ones that, we hope, will cause you to catch a glimpse of the redemption and life and love and grace that resonates in this story. We guarantee that you'll enjoy the show and believe there's a good chance you'll shed a tear. In our experience, God works in and amongst these students, this music, their dancing, and our prayers. He is creative, and he's faithful. You've been warned. = )



Parents: Visit the Parent Production Page for complete information about rehearsals, costumes, parent volunteer sheets, performances, and everything else you need to know. Of course, don't hesitate to email if you have questions.



Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Spring Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/08/15.

Trinity Arts Center is closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 9th through Saturday, March 14th. Enjoy the break, and we'll see you on Monday, March 16th, when we return.

March 16th marks the beginning of our fourth quarter, which means your final quarterly tuition payment is due. We'll send a reminder about that on Monday, as well as announcements about a very full fourth quarter that will include our Battle of the Bands finale concert on March 28th, our year-end music recitals on April 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, our year-end original dance production of Joseph on May 2nd, and a full summer schedule that includes our two-week Summer Dance Intensive, Princess Ballerina Camp (only 5 spots left), summer art workshops, a recording studio version of Battle of the Bands, and much more.

Don't forget, you can always check our online calendar for an up-to-the-minute look at our schedule. We'll see you next week!



2014-15 Student Photos Will Be Taken Next Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/27/15.

Rebecca Marr Photography will be on-site next week, taking individual student photos for any 2014-15 student that would like them. There's no cost to have pictures taken, but you'll have to order through her web site if you'd like prints.

This year, Rebecca will be shooting all students against a simple, white backdrop, so all hip-hop, music, and art students should wear dark or vivid colors to create a good contrast and ensure good pictures. All dance students will be brought up by class to have their individual pictures taken in their regular classroom attire so -- parents should make sure that their students have a nice bun, clean tights/leotards, and light stage makeup for their ballet and jazz classes all week. Dance students may also take a "regular" photo, in street clothes, before or after their regular class, as time allows.

There's no sign up or registration. Just drop in early, or plan on staying after your regular class or lesson time and we'll get you taken care of. Contact Rebecca Marr, or stop by the front desk, if you have any questions.



God With Us Pictures Are Online!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/27/15.

Pictures from our December production of God With Us are now available on Rebecca Marr's web site. To access, preview, and order prints, follow the instructions below.

  1. Visit Rebecca Marr's web site
  2. Create an account or sign in
  3. Click the "Access Gallery" link and/or enter the access code : TAC
  4. Open your preferred gallery
  5. Order online or schedule an appointment to visit the studio and view samples.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca. Thanks!



Registration For Princess Ballerina Camp Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/09/15.

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 2-6), Princess Ballerina Camp is the place to be this summer!

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 15th to Friday, June 19th, 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.



We've Added More Spots For Our Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/09/15.

We've added 50 more spots for our annual Father/Daughter Dance and Foundation fundraiser. If you'd like to attend, but missed the earlier emails, you've got one more chance to spend Valentine's Day dining, dancing, and making memories with your daughter(s). Email by midnight on 2/9 to reserve your place.

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is an elegant night of dining and dancing, with all proceeds going to the Trinity Arts Foundation's Arts Give Back program, awarding grants to local art and music teachers doing good work in our community. Come dance the night away and make great memories with your daughters, friends, and fellow fathers. It will be a night to remember!

Dinner will include an entre (baked chicken, lasagna, vegetarian, or gluten-free), salad, bread, and dessert, and a variety of drinks. Attire is formal (anything from slacks and a button-down to full-blown tux). Join us as we spend the evening dancing under the lights at The Venue, in downtown Johnson City, on Saturday, February 14th from 6:00-9:30. Tickets are $20 each.

We're sorry. This year's Father/Daughter dance is sold out. Thank you for supporting this year's Arts Give Back grants to the teachers and students at Northside, Fairmont, and Mountain View Elementary. We appreciate it!



Dance Parents & Students: Save The Dates!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/29/15.

After Spring Break (March 9-13), we'll announce all of the details about this year's Summer Dance Intensive (June 1st - 15th) and this semester's original dance production of Joseph (May 2nd), but for now, just save the dates. You won't want to miss either one!

As always, the best way to be in the loop is to add your email to our list (there's a form to the left, just below the orange Arts Give Back banner) or to *like* our page on Facebook. Everything that gets posted here, gets emailed and posted there as well. There's also an online calendar that syncs with my laptop (about as up-to-date as you can get). Just pick your preferred method of communication, and email if you have questions. Thanks!



Battle Of The Bands v16 Begins This Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/05/15.

The 16th edition of Battle of the Bands, our ten-week teen songwriting and performance workshop, begins this Saturday, January 10th, at 10:00, with a meet-and-greet. At this pre-event for the actual workshop, we'll play a bit, get to know each other, and make plans for the next ten weeks of awesomeness.

BOTB is open to any musician, ages 12-18, who has enough proficiency on their instrument to play some basic chords and rhythms. Students are grouped by age, playing ability, and style preference (as best as we can) and -- can even sign up to participate with a group of friends. We've had everything from vocal/piano duets to seven-member pop groups and worship bands to full-blown hard rock acts over the past nine years. Whatever your ability, insrument, or style, we've likely got a place for you!

The program consists of a meet and greet to determine the playing ability of each student, followed by 10 coach-supervised rehearsals, scheduled on Saturday afternoons between 12:00 and 3:00. On Saturday, March 28th, we'll wrap things up with a finale concert and "Battle of the Bands" where each band will play their music for a live audience and a panel of judges. We'll have a great time, learn a lot, make new friends, gain some confidence, and (hopefully) write some great music!

Tuition is $150 for the 10-week session. We have guitar amps, drums, mics, and pianos in-house but don't provide any other instruments. Shoot me an email to hold your spot. Hopefully we'll see you on the 10th!



Acting Classes, Musical Theatre, And ???
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/02/15.

Next month, we're launching three levels of weekly acting classes and developing plans for our theater program into the next few years. Before we do, we'd like your input about what would best meet your needs and what would get you excited. Parents, students, actors, and directors: We'd like to hear from you!

Anyone who saw Annie, Sound Of Music, Fiddler, Music Man (or any of our twenty-three dance productions) knows that we love to give our students and directors a platform to do what they do and aren't afraid to go big. Let us know what you think our community needs. No vision is too big. No idea is too small.



Weekly Art Classes On Monday & Wednesday!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/01/15.

This semester, we're continuing to offer three levels of weekly art classes on both Monday and Wednesday nights, for three age groups (elementary, tween, and teen). Stop by to see all of amazing work they did last semester and come create some of your own!

Elementary Art (Ages 6-8) will meet on Monday at 4:00 or Wednesday at 5:00. Tween Art (Ages 9-12) will meet on Monday at 5:00 or Wednesday at 4:00. Teen Arts (13+) will meet on Monday at 6:00 or Wednesday at 3:00. Tuition runs $145 per quarter or $270 per semester and inclues all supplies. Call or email to hold your spot. In order to provide lots of hands-on instruction, space is very limited.



Merry Christmas! (We're Closed Until January 5th)
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/22/14.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." - John 3:16-17

Have a great Christmas. We'll see you on the 5th.



Make "God With Us" A Family Tradition This Year!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/08/14.

Tickets for our 9th annual performance of "God With Us", an original, full-length ballet, set to a variety of traditional and contemporary Christmas music, are available now! Join us on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. We promise you'll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at trinityartscenter.com/tickets.



Great Googely Moogely, We're Thankful!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/24/14.

Just a quick post, this Thanksgiving week, to express a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has participated at the Arts Center and supported the Arts Foundation over the last 8 1/2 years. Through and with and among you all, God has been good. Sincerely, thanks.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and bless His name for the Lord is good. His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. - Psalm 100

P.S. Don't forget, we're closed the entire week for Thanksgiving. We'll see you after the break, on December 1st.



New: Online Payments Available... Online.
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

Over fall break, we added a new payment option at Trinity Arts Center; the ability to pay online, using any major credit card. We've always accepted credit cards, checks, and cash (we've even bartered a couple times), but we're hoping this new option will make it easier for everyone to see their open invoices and pay tuition quickly and easily, any time, night or day.

The new invoices will be sent via email, allowing you to click on the "View Invoice Now" button or "Pay Online" link to view the invoice online, settle up with a credit card or bank transfer, or print them for future payment. We hope this new option makes life a bit easier for you, and takes one more to-do item off your list (we've all got enough driving to do already, right). Some of you will see those for the first time in December, before the Christmas break. A handful will see those this week, for some past-due invoices that we're getting caught up on. Either way, thanks for responding to those quickly. We appreciate it.



Reservations For Our Annual Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

There's no better role for a man to play than daddy, and there's no better opportunity to create memories with your daughter than at Trinity Arts Center's fourth annual Father/Daughter dance! Save the date, and make your reservation fast, before tickets are sold out (they sell out every year).

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is an elegant night of dining and dancing, with all proceeds going to the Trinity Arts Foundation's Arts Give Back program, awarding grants to local art and music teachers doing good work in our community. Come dance the night away and make great memories with your daughters, friends, and fellow fathers. It will be a night to remember!

Dinner will include a gourmet entre, fresh salad, warm bread, mouth-watering dessert, and a variety of drinks. 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 14th from 6:00-9:30. Tickets are $20 each. Call or email early to reserve your place and provide your meal preferences. We'll see you there!



Live Video Feeds For Early Childhood Dance Classes!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

This year, we've upgraded our early childhood classroom with a secure, online video feed that can be accessed during your child's class times via smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. It's a great way to see how they're doing, or allow a non-local family member to get a peek at them in the classroom (you can even zoom in).

The video feeds are only available to those who we invite to participate (parents or grandparents of active students in each class). Getting started is easy. Just download the Dropcam app on your smart phone ( Apple | Android ), set up your account, and request an invitation from the front desk.



Tickets For God With Us Are Available Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/10/14.

Tickets for the 9th annual performance of "God With Us", our original, full-length ballet retelling the story of Christmas, are available today! Make "God With Us" a part of your family's Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at trinityartscenter.com/tickets.



Support Us Through Smile.Amazon.com!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/10/14.

For those of you who shop on Amazon.com, they've just made it super-easy to support the arts every time you shop. Just visit Smile.Amazon.com, select the Trinity Arts Foundation as your preferred charity, and shop away. It's a great way to give back!

Speaking of giving back, thanks to all of you who have supported the Trinity Arts Center and the Trinity Arts Foundation for the past nine years. We'll eclipse the $70,000 mark for this year's scholarships and grants (well over $300,000 in our first 8 1/2 years), and we are looking to do much more in 2015. We are super proud of the work that our teachers and students are doing in our community. We know it changes lives and we really appreciate your ongoing support.

P.S. Please keep us on your short list for charitable giving this year. We have HUGE plans for 2015, and we could really use your help. Thanks!




God With Us Is Saturday, December 20th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/12/14.

Save the date for the 9th annual performance of God With Us on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 and 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. Reserved seating goes on sale on November 10th. Order early to get the best seats!

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at trinityartscenter.com/tickets.



New Dance, Art, & ASL Classes!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/12/14.

Don't forget about our new art classes on Monday and Wednesday for all ages; new dance classes (3:00 Pre Ballet on Monday, Adult Ballet at 6:15 on Tuesday, Teen Jazz at 7:15 on Tuesday); and American Sign Language, starting this Friday at 3:15 (advanced), 4:15 (beginner), and 5:15 (intermediate).

Whatever you're looking for, chances are good that we have a place for you. Check out our class schedule, drop in for a free trial, and give your right-brain some room to grow. We'd love to see you!



We Are Closed For Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/06/14.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Fall Break. We'll be back for classes on October 13th. Have a great week off.

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. Check it anytime you have a question. = ) We'll see you soon!



We Are Open For Labor Day!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/31/14.

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, Christmas, spring) line up with the Johnson City school schedule.

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!



American Sign Language Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/31/14.

On Friday, October 17th, we will re-start our American Sign Language classes, with three levels of instruction. Those familiar with MJ Light's interpretation know that she transforms this language into an incredible art form, full of expression and beauty. If learning ASL has been on your list, come try a class. We're pretty sure you'll dig it.

Classes will be offered every Friday at 3:15 (advanced), 4:15 (beginner), and 5:15 (intermediate). As with all of our classes, we encourage you to come try a free one. It's a great way to try new things without any commitment. Shoot us an email if you have questions, or to hold a spot. Thanks!



Hip-Hop Workshop w/ Misty Rasconsmith!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/04/14.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Misty Rasconsmith, hip-hopper extraordinaire and instructor/choreographer with Word In Motion Dance Company in Los Angeles, will be teaching a single hip-hop workshop on Wednesday, August 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Misty's resume is both impressive and diverse, having performed with music artists (Kirk Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Pink, LeCrae, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg), commercial clients (Sunkist, Pepsi, Nike, Addidas, Best Buy); on television (Nickelodeon, How I Met Your Mother, Amercian Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Latin Grammys), and with dance companies all over the U.S. and abroad.

Her extensive dance training (ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, salsa, hip hop), blended with her irresistible charisma and passion, results in a unique blend that is difficult to duplicate, and something you do not wan to miss. You can't contain the mane! (You'll understand that exclamation once you experience her hair.)

This workshops is open to our Level 4 students and up. Participation is $25 for the 2-hour workshop. We guarantee you'll leave feeling inspired! As always, students from other schools are welcome! Email or call to register.



Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/03/14.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Valery Lantratov, General Director of the Russian National Ballet Federation, will be teaching two ballet master classes on Friday, August 15th from 4:00-5:30 (intermediate) and 5:30-7:00 (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 4 & 5 students. The Advanced class is for our Level 6 & 7. Participation is just $25 for the 90 minute workshop. Please take advantage of this very special opportunity to study from a Russian Master. Students from other schools are welcome! Email or call to register.



Classes Begin In One Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/28/14

With just one week until classes begin, we will be hosting early registration nights every day this week from 5:00-7:00. If you want to avoid the lines and minimize the barely controlled chaos of week one, stop by to register and pay tuition for this year's classes.

P.S. If you've already sent me an email, voicemail, or registration form, I'll be responding as soon as I can. I am working my way through my stack of forms and emails based on the date they were received, reserving classes and lesson times on a first-come first-served basis. Don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions or want to confirm. Thanks!



Weekly Art Classes On Monday & Wednesday!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/25/14.

Beginning August 4th, Jennifer Byrd will teach three levels of weekly art classes on Monday and Wednesday nights -- an elementary class for ages 6-8, a tween class for ages 9-12, and a teen class for ages 13 and up. Jennifer has done an amazing job with art workshops in the past and we're excited to offer this new, weekly option for the artists in our community. We can't wait to see what you create!

Elementary Art (Ages 6-8) will meet on Monday at 4:00 or Wednesday at 5:00. Tween Art (Ages 9-12) will meet on Monday at 5:00 or Wednesday at 4:00. Teen Arts (13+) will meet on Monday at 6:00 or Wednesday at 3:00. Tuition runs $145 per quarter, $270 per semester, or $500 per year and inclues all supplies. Call or email to hold your spot. In order to provide lots of hands-on instruction, space is very limited.



Classes Begin On August 4th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/06/14 (revised 07/20/14)

With the new school year just two weeks away, it's time to lock up your class and lesson times for the fall. Drop in on Monday, July 21st from 5:00-8:00 (call or email any time) to reserve spots before the schedule starts filling up.

If you've already sent me an email, voicemail, or registration form, I'll be responding asap to confirm your spots (we just got back in town from vacation on Saturday). Don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions or want to confirm. Thanks!

P.S. We'll have one more early registration open house on on Monday, July 28th from 5:00-8:00. If you can't make this week, drop in next week.



School's Out For Summer!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/14.

School is out for the summer. However, we do have a few summer lesson times for piano, guitar, voice, violin, and drums if you'd like to keep the musical momentum rolling through the summer break. We also have our Summer Danve Intensive coming up in just a few weeks, and a few drop-in dance classes (which we'll announce soon). Have a great summer! We'll see you soon.

If you missed our early registration deadline, no worries. Your old lesson times may be gone, but you can shoot me email any time to hold class or lesson times for the next school year. We'll see you soon!



Summer Music Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/08/14.

Although the majority of our class schedule is suspended for the summmer break, several music teachers will be offering lessons through June and July this year. If you're intested in keeping the momentum going through the summer months, let me know.

To allow for extra flexibility in the summer months, we have three summer options: $102 for six weeks, $136 for eight weeks, or $170 for ten. Those weeks can be selected from any on the instructors's schedule, which leaves families room for vacations and pool time, but also allows you to keep the ball rolling on your student's progress through the summer months. Contact me for information about what teachers, days, and times are available.

P.S. We'll be offering drop-in dance classes over the summer as well, once we get past Princess Ballerina Camp and our Summer Dance Intensive. We'll follow up about that soon!



Our 2014-15 Early Registration Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/01/14.

Our 2014-15 schedule is set, and we are taking early registrations for students and parents who would like to carry over their existing lesson times into the 2014-15 school school year or grab preferred class times before they fill up. Whatever the case, you have until Friday, May 16th before the current schedule is purged and we start filling it back up for the fall.

MUSIC STUDENTS: You have until Friday, May 16th to pre-register, and lock up your current teachers and lesson times for the 2014-15 school year, or get an early place in the queue for a new day and time that works for next year.

DANCE STUDENTS: Your teachers will send home a schedule with recommended classes for the fall circled. Some classes, including Pre Ballet, Ballet Basics, Ballet/Jazz 1, Teen Jazz/Ballet, and Adult Jazz/Ballet classes have limited availability and can fill up quickly.

In either case, please register early if you can. It helps us get a head start on our administrative work for the new school year and it's just nice to get a few tuition payments in early to help with summer construction plans (Did we mention we are expanding again, taking over a new, dedicated art space?). = )

The new schedule is available at the Arts Center or online, starting today. Shoot us an email or call if you have any questions. Thanks!



2014 Summer Dance Intensive!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/07/14.

Join us this summer and learn from some of the most incredible and inspirational choreographers and instructors we've come across in our many years of doing what we do! Our summer dance program just keeps getting better. Come be a part of it on June 9-13 and 16-20!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Marc Wayne (Paseo Academy of the Arts, The Culture House) and Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), and some new faces, like Misty Rasconsmith (Word In Motion, Pink, Christina Aguilera) and Justin Urso (Texas Ballet Theatre, West Side Story)

Both weeks of our intensive (June 9-13 and June 16-20) 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 for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions and check out complete bios for this year's instructors on our Programs & Instructors page. We'd love to see you there!



Rebecca Marr's Student Photos Are Available!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/30/14.

The pictures that Rebecca Marr took the first week of March are available on her web site for review and purchase. Unless you were absent that week, all of our dance students (and quite a few music students) had their pictures taken, perhaps in several different costumes and with a variety of classes. Check those out when you can, and order a bunch!

To access those photos:
  1. Visit Rebecca's web site.
  2. Create an account or, if you already have one, sign in.
  3. Select the "Trinity Arts Center 2013-2014" gallery. There is no access code.
  4. Order online OR schedule an in-person ordering appointment where you can see product samples in Rebecca's studio.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca.

BONUS: Order by May 10 and receive 20% off of your order!



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