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DANCE PARENTS & STUDENTS! Tonight's dress rehearsals are from 4:00-6:00 (Cast A) and 6:00-8:00 (Cast B) in Seeger Chapel, on the MILLIGAN COLLEGE campus. For more information about costumes, rehearsals, or anything production-related, visit the parent production page. Thanks! See you there!

Registration Is Open For The 2018-2019 School Year!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/15/18.

We've extended the early registration discount to Saturday, May 19th! To keep your current lesson times, you'll need to register before then. Pay tuition as well, and get 10% off!

Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year! We highly recommend grabbing your preferred class and lesson times early as some classes fill quickly. The deadline to get the 10% early registration discount is Saturday, May 19th. To keep your existing music spots, you'll need to register by Saturday, May 19th.

As always, private music students have the option to carry their existing lesson times into the new school year by registering before the May 19th deadline. 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. The earlier you register, the more likely you'll be able to find times that work for your family.

For more information, Download the 2018-2019 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, workshops, and everything else. Call or email if you have any questions. Thanks!



End Of Year Music Recitals Are This Month!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/10/18.

Our end-of-year music recitals are on the calendar (and listed below). Friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, neighbors (and really anyone) is welcome to attend. Double-check your times (and the notes) below. We'll see you there!

Saturday, April 28th
09:00 AM - Barb Jeffress
11:30 AM - Patty Booher
02:00 PM - Zach Ross
04:30 PM - Rob Merier
07:00 PM - Aaron Jackson & Dalton Hall

Friday, May 4th
07:00 PM - MIriah Hawkins

Saturday, May 5th
11:30 AM - Erin Dalton
02:00 PM - Kalia Yeager
07:00 PM - Cody Bauer **** Moved to 2:00! ***

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. Unless you hear otherwise, the tone (and dress code) is casual. 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, let Jamin know or touch base with your instructor.



Our Summer Dance Intensive Is Going To Be Amazing!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/07/18.

Registration for our 2018 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 4-8 and June 11-15). It will be a summer to remember!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Marc Wayne (Culture House, Maxxus Dance Theater), Jill Eathorne Bahr (Charleston Ballet, Coastal Ballet USA), Patricia Cantwell (Charleston Ballet), Alexander Kotelenets (Kiev Ballet, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater), Heather Kotelenets (Harid Conservatory, Texas Ballet Theater), Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), Carl Harris (Just Dance, E3, Stage One), and Natassia Harris (Just Dance, E3, Stage One).

Both weeks of our intensive 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 two 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. We'd love to see you there!



Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Spring Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/12/18.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Spring Break. Enjoy the break, start your spring cleaning (the garage is on my list), and carve out some time to enjoy the beauty of where we live (Round Bald on Roan Mountain and a milkshake at Bob's Dairyland is also on my list). We'll see you on Monday, March 19th, when we return.

P.S. It might be a bit cool this week, but I highly recommend taking a kite or two up on Roan Mountain. It's always windy on Round Bald, and super-easy to get them airborn. The kids and I have had a blast every time. = )



Tickets for "The Woman at the Well" on sale February 12th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/05/18.

PARENTS & STUDENTS! We've added notes to the production page about costumes, run-through rehearsals for Cast A on April 28th and for Cast B on May 5th, and dress rehearsals for everyone on May 11th. Please review those notes now.

Tickets for "The Woman at the Well," this year's full-length, original, spring dance production go on sale next Monday, February 12th. Performances will be on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 and 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

The Woman at the Well is this year's original, spring dance production, which expands on the story of The Woman at the Well in John 4. It consists of our own original choreography set to the music of today's most creative and contemporary music artists. All of our performances are a good mix of cute moments, performed by our youngest students, and meaningful ones, performed by some of our most accomplished older dancers. With contemporary music, creative storytelling, and some very talented dancers and choreographers, we like to think that there is something for everyone. We'd love to see you there!

Purchase tickets for God With Us.



Tuition Is Past-Due For the 3rd Quarter & 2nd Semester!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/05/18.

Tuition for the 3rd quarter & 2nd semester (depending on how you pay) is one month past due this week. Please pay that online, using the link in the email invoice that was sent, or at the front desk, using a credit card, check, or cash. Automatic email reminders go out every Monday. If you're not receiving those, please let us know. Thanks!

As always, shoot us an email if you have any questions. Thanks!



Jazz Workshop w/ Cheryl Cutlip (Rockettes, Project Dance)!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/28/18.

Cheryl Cutlip, former Rockette and founder/director of Project Dance, is offering two Fosse Jazz Workshops on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00-12:00 (advanced) and from 12:30-2:30 (intermediate). The advanced group is ages 13+ with 4+ yeard of jazz experience. The intermediate group is 10+ with at least 2 years. Students from other studios are welcome.

Cheryl is an amazing dancer, instructor, and force for good in the international dance community. Not only is she a talented performer and teacher, she is an encourager, influencer, and bright light who builds up dancers in every good way. You don't want to miss this chance. Her complete bio is available on the Project Dnace web site. To register, stop by the front desk at Trinity Arts Center or shoot us an email. The cost is $25.



Registration For Princess Ballerina Camp Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/02/17.

Week 1 of Princess Ballerina Camp is sold out, but we still have 30 spots available for Week 2 -- June 25th through the 29th. We'd love to have you!

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!

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 18th to Friday, June 22nd (Week 1) and from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th (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 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.



Make Memories At Our 7th Annual Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/02/17.

Come create memories with your daughter(s) at Trinity Arts Center's 7th annual Father/Daughter dance! There are other Father/Daughter dances and events in town, but the energy and atmosphere of this event is unique. I promise, you and your daughters will remember these annual dates for a long time to come! Make your reservation fast, before tickets are sold out (they sell out every year).

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

Attire is formal (anything from slacks and a button-down to full-blown tux), as we'll spend the evening dancing under the lights at The Venue, in downtown Johnson City, on Saturday, February 17th from 6:00-9:30. Tickets are $20 each. Call or email early to reserve your place. We'll see you there!



Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/02/17.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Valery Lantratov, General Director of the Russian National Ballet Federation, will be teaching two ballet master classes on Monday, January 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 3, 4, & 5 students. The Advanced class is for our Level 6 & 7. Participation is free for Trinity students, and just $25 for guests. Please take advantage of this very special opportunity to study from a Russian Master. Email or call to register.



Trinity Arts Center... Semester Save The Dates!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/01/17.

The 2017-18 school year is underway, and now is a good time to save the dates for spring and summer. Here are a few key dates:

Quarter Tuition Due:Monday, Jauary 8th
Semester Tuition Due:Monday, Jauary 8th
Valery Lantratov Workshop:Monday, January 15th (4:00 and 5:30)
Father/Daughter Dance:Saturday, Fevbruary 17th
Spring Break:Sunday, March 11th - Saturday, March 17th
Quarter Tuition Due:Monday, March 19th
Music Recitals:Friday & Saturday, April 27th & 28th; May 4th & 5th
The Woman at the Well:Saturday, May 12th (1:00 and 5:00)
Last Day Of Classes:Saturday, May 19th
Summer Dance Intensive 1:Monday, June 4th - Friday, June 8th
Summer Dance Intensive 2:Monday, June 11th - Friday, June 15th
Princess Ballerina Camp 1:Monday, June 18th - Friday, June 22nd
Princess Ballerina Camp 2:Monday, June 25th - Friday, June 29th

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.



We're Ready For God With Us!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/14/17.

I just got back from our technical rehearsal (photo above), and we are ready to go for Friday's dress rehearsals from 4:00-6:00 for Cast A and 6:00-8:00 for Cast B, and for Saturday's performances at 1:00 and 5:00 -- all 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 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 twelve 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 & Patrons: Now that we've moved into Seeger Chapel, online ticketing has been turned off. You can still get tickets at the door, one hour before each performance.

Parents & Students: We will see you at the theater 15 minutes before your scheduled start time, in full stage makeup and base costume. Once you arrive, check into the main room on the bottom floor of Seeger.

If you have any last minute questions about where to be and when, the production page contains an archive of everything we've emailed and shared over the last two months.




Two-Hour Christmas Craft/Shopping Drop-Off for Ages 7-13!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/02/17.

On Saturday, December 9th, Christopher Boyd is hosting a two-hour Christmas Crafts workshop from 1:00-3:00. Drop off your 7-13 year old kiddos to build graham cracker "gingerbread" houses and edible reindeer (we might eat a few bites too), for a creative, fun, edible holiday take-home.

The cost is $25 and includes materials (and snacks), and lots of fun. We promise to clean them up before you return. = ) Space is limited. Let us know if you'd like us to hold a spot.



Christmas Break Begins On Thursday, December 21st!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/27/17.

Trinity Arts Center will be closed for Christmas Break from Thursday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 3rd, returning for classes on Thursday, January 4th. God With Us, our annual Christmas production is on Saturday, December 16th. If you don't have tickets yet, they're going fast. Grab them now at trinityartscenter.com/tickets.

As always, visit our online calendar for the most up-to-date info about upcoming events, performances, recitals, breaks, and more. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!



Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Thanksgiving!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/19/17.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Thanksgiving. We hope it's a great week of family time for you. By the way, thanks for everything you do for us, for our family, and for our community. We love doing what we do, and we appreciate you letting us do it for 12 years! Thanks!

Don't forget, you can check our online calendar any time, for up-to-date info on productions, holidays, tuition deadlines, and more.



Tickets For God With Us Are On Sale!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/16/17.

Tickets for the 12th 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 16th 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 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 twelve 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.


Purchase tickets for God With Us.



Re: The Building Campaign... We're Making Plans!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/13/17.

Last Christmas, we shared a vision with you for the construction 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.

Between now and December 31st, we're taking the first step -- securing the money that will allow us to consider land, draw up architectural plans, and form the partnerships that will move us toward our ultimate goal -- a three-story, 20,000 square foot educational facility and a 40,000 square foot, 1,300 seat community performing arts center.

Trinity Building Plan

Click here for more information about what we're planning, including donation levels, a list of community leaders, and more. Sincerely, thanks. We're SO excited to be taking this next step, and very grateful for your help.



Tuition Is Due For the 2nd Quarter!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/09/17.

Tuition for the 2nd quarter is due this week. Please pay that online, using the link in the email invoice that was sent, or at the front desk, using a credit card, check, or cash. Thanks!

As always, shoot us an email if you have any questions. Thanks!



It's The First Day Of Autumn (We're Closed Next Weeek)!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/27/17.

Trinity Arts Center is closed the week of Sunday, October 1st through Saturday, October 7th. We'll resume classes on Monday, October 9th, 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 when we get back. Thanks! 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!



Trinity Arts Center Is Johnson City's Favorite Dance Studio!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/27/17.

For the second year in a row, Trinity Arts Center was voted Johnson City's favorite dance studio in the Johnson City Press' Readers' Choice Awards. Thank you SO much to everyone who cast your votes. We don't do what we do for awards but -- man is it encouraging to have you guys talking good about us in the community. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

For anyone on the mailing list or web site who isn't already enrolled, we offer a full service dance program built on classical ballet and complemented with modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop, as well as, fine arts and music education in any instrument and discipline you can think of. Check our class schedule and shoot us an email to schedule a free, trial class any time. We'd love to see you!



Auditions for Lead Roles in God With Us!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/21/17.

Auditions for lead roles in God With Us will be held in front of a panel of instructors on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00-12:00, with extended call-backs from 12:00-12:30. All students, level four and above, who are interested in lead roles are invited to attend.

Dancers should check in at the front table in the lobby, where they'll complete a short audition form before heading down to the studio. Please arrive in ballet clothes, but bring a change of clothes for jazz/contemporary and hip-hop as well. This is a great opportunity to gain audition experience (a critical skill as you begin to consider summer dance intensives and college scholarships) and express your interest in playing a lead role in the production. See you there!

Cast lists have been posted and tickets go on sale next week! Save the date (Saturday, December 16th) and check your email for a ticket announcement soon.



We Have Some Suggestions About Parking!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/06/17.

Although you guys have done an amazing job with parking and drop-off this year, we always like to remind our friends and patrons that parking on the street in front of Trinity Arts Center is illegal, and can result in a ticket. That's only happened once in twelve years but still... I'd hate to have any of you be the second.

Added to the mix this year, are some new neighbors next door (I'm working on getting them to stop parking in "our" pull through lane) and across the street (who have asked us not to park over there until after 5:00). It's an ongoing challenge as we continue to grow, but -- here is 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.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.) = )

  3. 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.

  4. While we're on the subject, maintaining the one-way traffic flow past the back building and out the other side 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.
Click here to see that map.



Trinity Arts Center... Save The Dates!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/05/17.

The 2017-18 school year is underway, and now is a good time to save the dates for God With Us, our Spring Music Recitals, our Spring Dance Production (to be announced), tuition deadlines, and all of our scheduled breaks. Here are a few key dates:

First Day Of Classes:Monday, August 7th
ASQ Tuition Due:Monday, August 7th
Fall Break:Sunday, October 1st - Saturday, October 7th
Q Tuition Due:Monday, October 6th
Thanksgiving Break:Sunday, November 19th - Saturday, November 25th
God With Us:Saturday, December 16th (1:00 and 5:00)
Christmas Break:Thursday, December 21st - Wednesday, January 3rd
SQ Tuition Due:Monday, Jauary 8th
Spring Break:Sunday, March 11th - Saturday, March 17th
Q Tuition Due:Monday, March 19th
Music Recitals:Friday & Saturday, April 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th
Spring Dance Production:Saturday, May 12th (1:00 and 5:00)
Last Day Of Classes:Saturday, May 19th
Summer Dance Intensive 1:Monday, June 4th - Friday, June 8th
Summer Dance Intensive 2:Monday, June 11th - Friday, June 15th
Princess Ballerina Camp:Monday, June 18th - Friday, June 22nd

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.



New Weekly Art Classes w/ Christopher Boyd!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/31/17.

Christopher Boyd, an incredibly talented artist and teacher, has joined the Trinity faculty this year, to teach elementary, tween, and teen art classes on Thursday nights at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00, respectively. I'm not kidding. This guy is the real deal. If your students have an artistic bent, Christopher will develop that interest and talent, inspiring and encouraging them along the way.

As always, drop in for a free, trial class any time to make sure it's a good fit before you sign up. Don't forget that we can often schedule complimentary dance or music times for other kids, or adjacent times for kids that are talented in more than one area. We definitely want to be serving your kids well, but we want to be serving you (parents) well too. We're in this with you! Email us for more info.



Early Registration Nights Are On The Calendar!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/24/17.

Brooke and I will be at the Arts Center from 4:00-7:00 tonight and next Monday (July 24th and July 31st) to help answer questions and get class and lesson times locked down for the 2017-18 school year. You don't need to stop by in person to get registered (shooting us an email works just as well) but -- we're here if you need us. = )

For those who are new to the early registration process at Trinity, about 60% of our spots are already filled so... The longer you wait, the fewer choices you will have. It only costs the $40 registration fee to hold a spot. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do that ASAP, especially if you're trying to coordinate class and lesson times for mutiple students. We'll always do the best we can to make life easy for you, but that's easier to do, the earlier you get registered.

So... email, call, or stop by. Either way, we can't wait to see you!