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Trinity Arts Center works hard, not only to create and support high-quality education and performance opportunities, but also, to serve parents, students, patrons, and our faculty well by being creative, organized, empathetic, and communicating well in order to serve, love, and support the creative people around us.

Jamin Rathbun, Owner & Executive Director
jamin@trinityartscenter.com

Jamin Rathbun Jamin, a proud father of nine, directs the day to day business operations of Trinity Arts Center, the multi-disciplinary arts academy he founded in 2006 and the Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating and supporting community-building arts and education programs.

Jamin studied Secondary Vocal Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University before leaving to write and tour with Hot Pink Turtle, the band he formed with friends in 1989, which was subsequently signed to REX Records in 1993, recording two albums for that label, and an additional two compilation and tribute albums through Word Distributing, their parent company.

In addition to his early career as a touring songwriter, worship leader, and pizza delivery guy, Jamin is also an experienced speaker, creative director, consultant and business strategist, having led departments and development teams for a variety of advertising, marketing, design, and development companies including: MasterCard International, GE, CitiGroup, Chase, Oracle, and Home Depot.

Above all of that, though, Jamin is a father, a worshipper, a creative, a problem solver, and an encourager who loves to walk in the woods and talk with friends over coffee and cheesecake.


Dance Program

The Dance Program at Trinity Arts Center includes Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Tap instruction for all ages and levels. In addition, we provide opportunities for our students, and the community at large, to particpate in professional dance intensives and workshops led by instructors from all over the country and world. Our dance faculty is listed below.

Elizabeth Bosse, Dance Instructor

Elizabeth Bosse Elizabeth has trained in ballet/pointe for the past eleven years. She was a full-scholarship recipient to Tennessee's Governor's School for the Arts Dance program in 2017 and has attended Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensive for three summers. This last July, she auditioned and made it into Ballet Magnificat!'s Pre-Professional Level during their intensive. As a result, she had the opportunity to perform a shortened version of their original ballet, Ruth.

Since ballet is a form of storytelling, aristy and expression are the most important qualities a dancer can understand how to utilize. Elizabeth hopes to encourage her students to not just complete a series of steps, but to dance-and to dance with passion. Most importantly, she hopes to encourage them to use that passion as a means to worship Christ and bless others.

Although she enjoys teaching ballet during her spare time, Elizabeth has put a pause on her own training to pursue a degree in elementary education from East Tennessee State University, as well as, to try new things like aerial dance, horseback riding, and playing the ukulele. She loves the way a person's face lights up when they finally understand a concept, whether how to properly execute a BrisÚ VolÚ or how to perform long division, and she also loves trying new things. You can find her making it through this semester with a few marshmallows in her coffee and a whole lot of instrumental disney music in her ballet classes.

Kathryn Price (Kenneson), Dance Instructor

Kathryn Price (Kenneson) Kathryn is a Johnson City native who trained with Susan Pace White for 15 years before transitioning to college and teaching, which she has been doing for the past eight years. She is currently finishing up her Masters in Education (grades 6-12 math) at Milligan, set to graduate in 2019.

In addition to her training with City Youth Ballet, Kathryn studied with the Radford Univeristy Ballet, South Caroline Dance Conservatory, and The Rock School in Philadelphia; and has performed with the Milligan Dance Team for four years, being selected as captain in her senior year.

Kathryn specializes in pointe, and classical variations for our upper level ballet students, and we couldn't be more excited about the creativity, expertise, and passion she adds to our community at Trinty!

Christina Ward, Early Childhood Dance Instructor

Christina Ward Christina, a senior at Science Hill High School (in 2020), has been dancing for twelve years, seven of those at Trinity Arts Center.

Over those seven years, she has assisted, taught, choreographed, and performed in a variety of dance and musical theatre productions at Trinity, sharing her love of dance with her students, patrons, and peers. She attributes her unique passion for dance to the unique opportunity that it affords to tell powerful and emotional stories that allows the dancer and audience to experience the music physically.

In addition to dancing, Christina is active at school, duel enrolling at ETSU, and working with kids as she has the opportunity. She's been an amazing student and dancer at Trinity, and we are extremely excited about adding her to our faculty officially. She has a gift for teaching, and we know her passion will be inspirational for her students.

Caden Jordan, Dance Instructor

Caden Jordan Bio coming soon.

Chloe Garbe, Dance Instructor

Chloe Garbe Chloe grew up in Elizabethton, TN, and studied ballet at City Youth Ballet under Susan Pace White for 15 years. After high school, she went to Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in dance. While at school, she performed with the Belmont University Dance Company, assisted at Rejoice School of Ballet, and was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Dance by Belmonst dance faculty.

In addition to teaching at Trinity, Chloe works at ETSU as a Research Technician in the lab of Dr. Donald Hoover, where we are studying nerves in the heart. She is also active in her church community at Grandview Christian Church, where she served as the Cityview Childrens' Coordinator for two years after graduating.

Eva Alom, Early Childhood Instructor

Ava Alom Eva has been dancing since the age of three. She enjoys all dance but loves ballet, musical theatre, and modern dance the most and has trained at many studios in the Tri-Cities growing up, plus a few summers programs with the Nashville Ballet.

Eva minored in dance at ETSU and was the proud 2016 recipient of the Judith Woodruff Award for Excellence in Dance. Since graduating college Eva has continued to maintain her relationship with dance by working at North East State Community College as a choreographer and movement coach for the Theatre department and teaching dance classes at Night Owl Circus.

She is very excited to be a part of the Trinity community!

Olivia Campbell, Tap Instructor

Olivia Campbell Emily is from Knoxville, TN and has been dancing for about 12 years. She is a Spanish major at ETSU with minors in dance, linguistics, and Pre-K through 12th ESL education.

Tap has always been Olivia's favorite style of dance because it brings her the most joy! She also teaches at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough. I love teaching students because it is amazing to see how excited they get when they finally understand what is going on.

Rebekah Knisley, Tap Instructor

Rebekah Knisley Rebekah has trained for over 20 years studying numerous styles of dance and theater. Her favorites are tap, jazz, musical theater, and hip hop! She has been teaching dance for over 9 years and served as co-captain of the Lincoln Memorial University Dance Team.

Rebekah has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science which taught her the physiology of exercise, correct body mechanics, aspects of athletic training, and much more to help her teach students safely while pushing them to a healthy level.

When not at the studio, you can find Rebekah working at Benchmark Physical Therapy or in a show at Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. She is an active member of Heritage Baptist Church serving as often as she can. She's excited to be a part of the Trinity Arts family and help students reach their full potential!

Emma Mires, Early Childhood Instructor

Emma Mires Bio coming soon.

Makaila Wooten, Early Childhood Instructor

Makaila Wooten Bio coming soon.

Kathryn Acres, Early Childhood Instructor

Kathryn Acres Kathryn is a senior at Science Hill High School, and has danced for more than 15 years, at the City Youth Ballet when she was younger, then tranferring to Trinity as a teen. She has also attended the South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory and the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts on a schoolarship into the advanced program.

In addition to teaching early childhood classes and assisting with choreography and summer camps at Trinity Arts Center, Kathryn has worked with children of all ages for many years, in daycare, at church, and at school as a peer tutor. She hopes to continue dancing in the future.

Ballet Program

Our Ballet Program, although having its roots in several popular schools of instruction (Bourneville, Cecchetti, Vaganova, Royal Academy of Ballet), is based on an American style of ballet that combines the best of these classical forms with the beauty, passion, and fluid freedom of motion in modern American ballet. The result is a versatile style of ballet that offers a high level of training to students with a variety of body types, professional aspirations, and natural skill levels.

Traditional ballet schools offer the highest level of training to only the elite few whose body type or natural ability fit within their predetermined "style" of dance. In contrast, our program focuses on the potential of the individual dancer, allowing any participant, at any level, to rise to excellence in the art of ballet.

As with any art form, the true beauty is in the expression of the unique perspective of the individual.

This focus allows each dancer to achieve the highest level of success, both personally and professionally. In some cases, that is simply a lifelong enjoyment of dance. In others, as with several of Tanya's students, that means going on to respected ballet programs around the country, achieving the highest levels of commercial success.

Early Childhood
Pre Ballet & Ballet Basics

Our early childhood ballet program is specifically designed for children ages 3-6 years old. Although the basic class structure for both levels is essentially the same, the content for each class includes appropriate developmental skills for that specific age group.

Students will learn the basics of ballet class behavior. Boys and girls will be expected to take turns, follow and lead others, wait patiently, work well with fellow students, and have a joyful attitude. They will be trained in basic French terminology, balance and weight transfer, sequential movement, spatial relationships, and a variety of creative, expression, and energy exercises.

The early childhood ballet program will form a strong foundation that will help children excel in the higher levels of ballet instruction, as well as, in their other life and educational development and activities.

Materials: Pink tights with a black leotard (black skirt optional) and basic ballet shoes or socks.

Classical
Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & Pointe

Our full ballet program is designed for students age 7 to adult and includes a minimum of two class hours per week. Students progress through a program designed to develop strong ballet technique, discipline, and personal character.

Each class consists of 60-90 minutes of barre, conditioning, center work, combinations, and across the floor movement, including pointe work for advanced students. French ballet terminology is emphasized throughout

New students will be placed pending an evaluation of their current ability. For a complete class syllabus, please contact Miss Tanya in person.

Materials: Pink tights with a black leotard. All classes require technique shoes. Pointe shoes will be required for classes that include pointe.

Jazz & Lyrical Program

The Jazz program at Trinity Arts Center is designed as a supplement to the classical ballet program. Class instruction consists of warm-ups, across the floor movement, combinations, and traditional patterns of sharp, smooth, free, and controlled movement.

All of our jazz classes are taught to "clean" contemporary music and emphasize modesty in attire, behavior, and movement.

As with ballet, the jazz program emphasizes healthy and creative individual expression through dance in a safe environment that supports a healthy and Biblical standard of modesty.

Jazz
Jazz 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

The Jazz Program is designed for students age 7 to adult and includes one class hour per week. Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction designed to engage the students in the enjoyment of dance, while benefitting from the discipline, muscle control, and physical health of the activity.

Materials: Black jazz paints and leotard with black, split-sole jazz shoes.

Hip-Hop

Our hip-hop program is competitive with (and we think better than) any hip-hop program in our region, spanning five levels of instruction for all ages, without sacrificing our mission to honor God with our our bodies, movement, and attire in both the classroom and on stage.

Hip-Hop
Hip-Hop 1, 2 3, 4, 5, & 6

Our hip-hop classes are designed for ages 10 to adult and includes one class per week (usually complemented by core ballet and jazz classes). Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction with a high level of physicial activity. Students learn a variety of standard hip-hop movement and high-energy choreography set to an always current music playlist.

Materials: Baggy sweatpants, hip-hop shoes, t-shirts, hoodies, beanies, and any other swag that is appropriate.

Tap

Tap, being introduced to our students at two levels (elementary and teen), adds an energetic and rhythmic component to our dance repertoire, emphasizing good rhythm and overall musicality, both of which play an important role in all forms of dance.

Tap
Our tap classes are designed for ages 7 to adult and include one class per week (usually complemented by core ballet and jazz classes). Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction, learning a variety of standard tap steps and fun, energetic choreography.

Materials: Fitted dance pants (any color), and fitted t-shirts with black tap shoes (and style).

Modern

Modern Dance is a broad-reaching style of dance that uses grounding and catch-and-release movements (often tied to the floor and emphasized through breathing), to center oneself and one's movements. Most modern styles include a strong rhythmic, theatrical, and artistic component, that require a strong classical ballet background, while intentionally rejecting "classical" rules of dance, favoring freedom of movement and expression instead.

Modern
Our modern class is designed to introduce our younger teen dancers to a freedom of movement that they may not experience in early classical ballet training and teach them to be move comfortable loosening up and expressing themselves through dance. Our current class is designed for our level five and six students, and meets once per week (complemented by our core ballet and jazz classes). Classes run 45-60 minutes.

Materials: Black jazz pants or leggings with a black leotard and bare feet.

Expectations & Etiquette For All Dancers

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


Music Program

The Music Program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to provide the highest quality instruction to students of any level.

As with all of our programs, we desire to build up and encourage the natural gifts and talents of each student, in order to find their own unique "place" in their family, church, community, and life.

Every instructor at Trinity Arts Center is committed to teach and model a Godly example of the arts to each student, and to help them develop a love of music and understand its role in expressing ourselves to each other and to God.

Patty Booher, Piano Instructor

Patty Booher Patty Booher, a native of the Tri-Cities, lives in Johnson City, TN with her husband, Phil, and daughter, Jenna Marie. They are members of Boones Creek Christian Church, Gray, TN, where Patty serves as an accompanist of the Praise Team.

Trained in piano, Patty added the organ in her teens. She has accompanied voice students at East Tennessee State University, full orchestras for musicals and theatre productions such as The Sound of Music at the Eastman Employee Center and Virginia Intermont College.

Miss Patty's theatre credits include the role of Poison Ivy in Beauty & The Beast and as Eleanor in Four Tickets To Christmas at the Paramount Theatre. She has also appeared in The Music Man and the Bristol Passion Play at Viking Hall.

Patty's goal is for her students to love music for life, gaining self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment along the way.

Isaac Ratliff, Piano & Guitar Instructor

Isaac Ratliff Isaac Ratliff is a musician and songwriter living in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is a founding member of Sorrel, a band formed with his brother Seth, and performs regularly on piano with regional acts based in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Isaac began classical training on piano at age 8, but started to learn by ear at age 13, aided by his aunt, a southern gospel church pianist. Throughout high school, and as a student of Appalachian Studies at ETSU, Isaac supported several ministries and music departments on piano and guitar while continuing his own music education in piano and music history. His autodidactic (self-taught) approach to music, fueled by a love for the craft, has led him to learn the foundations of many American musical styles, from blues and jazz to old-time country and gospel.

Rachel Ellison, Voice Instructor

Rachel Ellison Rachel Ellison is a native of East Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from North Greenville University in South Carolina. While attending college, Rachel traveled and performed with the musical groups Joyful Sound and NG Singers.

Rachel then moved to Nashville and earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University. She taught music lessons at Belmont Academy in Nashville while earning her degree. After graduating, she taught as an adjunct instructor of voice at both ETSU and Milligan College. Her passion is helping singers free the voice through healthy vocal technique, which in turn, allows singers to be more artistic and expressive. She enjoys teaching many styles of music.

In addition to teaching music lessons, Rachel loves spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as leading worship at her home church in Elizabethton.

Jonathan Edens, Guitar Instructor

Jonathan Edens Jonathan Edens is a native of East Tennessee who has been playing music for most of his life. He received his formal education in music at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC under the tutelage of Richard Banks for voice and Baron Tymas for guitar.

Jonathan has performed in ensembles of every size including stage operas, big bands, theater orchestra pits, jazz quartets, and solo gigs, playing his own original music.

Jonathan is known for his laid-back personality and patient style of instruction -- a super-power he puts to good use, bringing out the best in his students of all ages.

Tucker King, Piano, Guitar, Drum, & Ukulele Instructor

Tucker King Bio coming soon.

Lilly Osborne, Piano Instructor

Lilly Osborne Bio coming soon.

Abby Darlington, Violin Instructor

Abby Darlington Abigail has been playing violin since she was four years old, making All-East four years in a row, All-State for one, and playing with the Symphony of the Mountains for five. In addition to playing violin, she played piano for six years, and has dance at Trinity for the last ten.

Abigail attends Westminster Presbyterian (PCA) Church in Johnson City with her family and is a freshamn at ETSU, pursuing a major in Early Childhood Development (PreK-3rd licensure) and a Violin Music Minor, teaching violin since 2019.

Her hobbies include: reading, studying, spending quality time with friends, mentoring younger girls, dancing, listening to music, and playing her violin. When she has free time, you will find her either with a book in hand, or seeking out a friend to spend time with.

Maggie Cole, PIano Instructor

Maggie Cole Bio coming soon.

Daniel Watson, Guitar Instructor

Daniel Watson Bio coming soon.

Ashton Brown, Piano Instructor

Ashton Brown Bio coming soon.


Art Program

The art program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to instruct students in the correct technique and methods for each individual medium using a variety of subject matter and materials.

At the same time, one of the unique strengths of our art instructors is their passion to strengthen the individual talents of and build self-confidence in each student.

As with all of our programs, we strive to balance excellent instruction and individual attention with the goal of using our talents and gifts to the glory of God.


Theater Program

The Theater Program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to mature students, not only in their understanding of the art of theater, but also in their understanding of the role that expression, communication, and passion should play in their own life.

Initially, this is facilitated using games, exercises, improvisation, and interaction between students to develop both a comfort level with expressing themselves and an understanding of how that expression may be received by the listener.

Students, especially teens, can benefit a great deal from the non-verbal communication learned in Theater Class. It is a great way to build self-confidence and understand the important role that body position, voice inflection, and eye contact play in both private conversation and public speaking.

Eventually, students will participate in the Theater Company as they learn, rehearse, and perform for audiences in the Tri-Cities and Eastern Tennessee areas including topical skits for use in churches and youth camps in the area.


Language Program

The Literature & Language Program at Trinity Arts Center encourages students to experience the passion and history contained in literature and to learn how to communicate their own perspective, or perhaps tell their own story, through the use of spoken and written language.

Literature and Language, like other art forms, provide the participants with an opportunity to experience life through the emotional, symbolic, moral, intellectual, or social "lens" of the culture, author, or artist being represented.

It is an opportunity to communicate, and keep a record of the collective work, learning, and experience of man through the use of language. Written and spoken letters, symbols, and words enable us to tell the story of individual men, communities, cultures, and of mankind.