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Our Summer Dance Intensive Is Going To Be Amazing!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/25/16.

Registration for our 2016 Summer Dance Intensive is open today, with some past favorites and some new faces that are going to deliver an amazing series of classes for this summer's two-week program. Space is limited so register now for one or both weeks (June 6-10 and June 13-17). It will be a summer to remember!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), Denise Gillman (Cecchetti Council, Gillman's School of Dance), and Anna Daught (Lake Erie Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet); and some new faces like Carl Harris & Natassia Harris (Just Dance Video Game, E3, Stage One), and Allan McCormick (LeReve, Celine Dion, Dancing With The Stars).

Both weeks of our intensive (June 6-10 and June 13-17) will include an intense 5 1/2 hour daily schedule of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and theatrical classes, with lots of opportunities to learn new choreography, push yourself, and benefit from the varied personal experience of this amazing group of dancers, teachers, and choreographers. In addition to being talented performers and teachers, these guests are all incredible role models and mentors. You will be inspired and changed.

Classes are available for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least three years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300 per week or $500 for both. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included.

Download the brochure or visit trinityartscenter.com/sdi for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions. We'd love to see you there!

Summer Dance Intensive

This Year's Instructors

Tanya Rathbun
Master Teacher, Dancer, Choreographer

Tanya Rathbun Tanya Rathbun, a mother of nine, and a lifelong dancer, choreographer and master teacher, founded her own studio, Trinity Arts Center, and non-profit arts organization, Trinity Arts Foundation, after nearly twenty-five years of dance instruction and performance. Her resume includes training with some of the most respected dance programs (Chicago City Ballet, Joffrey New York, Finnish National Ballet) and instructors (Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, Melissa Hayden, Homer Bryant, Joel Hall) in the US and abroad.

Tanya’s professional dance career has included a diverse range of experiences including professional ballet and jazz companies, commercial productions, master classes, modeling, pageants, fitness programs, and educational and inspirational speaking on body image, eating disorders, and faith, all culminating in the formation of her own school and company in 2006. Since that time, the studio has grown to more than seven-hundred students and thirty-five instructors, creating and choreographing original, contemporary dance productions, classical ballets (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Peter and The Wolf, Le Corsaire), and broadway-style musical theatre productions (Annie, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man) in our first eight years.

In addition to Tanya’s professional work, she is also active in her local community, helping to fund more than $250,000 in community-building scholarships and grants; regionally, as an member of the Screen Artists Co-Op in Asheville; and internationally, adopting four children from Ethiopia and Ghana, and traveling with the Project Dance organization to Hong Kong.

Cheryl Cutlip
Master Teacher, Dancer, Choreographer

Cheryl Cutlip Rathbun Cheryl Cutlip is the founding director of The Project Dance Foundation, an arts and education organization dedicated to performing with integrity to inspire. Project Dance was formed as an outcry following the events of 911 and today Cheryl, along with more than 300 volunteers produce events across the globe in cities like London, Penang, Sydney, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Atlanta and New York City.

A native of North Carolina, Cheryl’s dance career began in Nashville, TN at Opryland USA. After working on a cruise ship, living in Japan while dancing at Tokyo's Disneyland, and performing in the European tour of 42nd Street, Cheryl moved to New York where she became a Radio City Rockette.

Cheryl enjoyed performing with the Rockettes for 15 years where her duties included dance captain; assistant choreographer and spokesperson for nationally televised appearances including one-on-one interviews with Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Larry King. She was the co-choreographer for Kick Into Fitness (the official Rockette Workout Video); and choreographer for Christmas Across America promotional tours, The Yankee Penant Parade and NBC’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting special. Other career credits include the Broadway National Tour of Crazy For You and the Broadway benefit to the stars version of Mack & Mable starring Jerry Herman and Donna McKechnie. Cheryl also danced with the jazz company, Walkerdance under the direction of Chet Walker where she performed in a benefit concert for lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz. Cheryl is also the co-producer of the hit show Broadway Underground, an urban variety show starring Jared Grimes.

Allan McCormick
Gymnast, Dancer, Choreographer

Allan McCormick Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Allan McCormick has had an extensive career as both a performer and choreographer. After winning several titles as a gymnast and training as a dancer in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles (EDGE Performing Arts), Allan went on to perform with international stars Hanson, RuPaul and Olivia Newton-John.

McCormick has been featured twice on Discovery Channel, as well as "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and "Dancing with the Stars." As a Choreographer, Allan has received critical acclaim from many magazines and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times for his original choreography on "Bye, Bye Birdie," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "Mame" at Sam Kinison’s Grove Theater. In addition, he is a much sought after  master class dance teacher  all over Canada, U.S. and Europe including the Tanca Festival in Warsaw (Kielce Dance Theater) every year.

Since working extensively with Franco Dragone on the creation of Celine Dion’s "A New Day," Allan is currently performing in "Le Reve" at Wynn Las Vegas, is teaching in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. and has just done a Feature interview on NBC as well as several dance publications.

Carl Harris
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Carl Harrisk Carl is a hip hop dancer and choreographer who has been dancing since he was nine years old, teaching and choreographing at his home church as part of a duo group with his sister (Natassia) called "God's Annointed." Since that early start, Carl and Natassia have gone on to teach, compete, perform, and choreograph for national dance competitions, studios, summer intensives, and a variety of commercial work including the "Just Dance" video game.

Although Carl and Natassia have competed and won platinum honors at the E3 and Stage One natoinal dance competitions, their heart is, and has always been, sharing their faith with their students, and inspiring them to dance with the same enjoyment and passion that you clearly see in the work that Carl and Natassia do.

Carl and Natassia continue to teach in their home studio (Dance Fever), performn as "God's Annointed," and travel, teaching dance workshops and classes around the country. Thye were recently featured in Felice Messam's music video for "Gloria," and in her live performances. They're both very thankful to be in a place where they can minister through dance. All glory goes to God!

Natassia Harris
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Natassia Harrisk Natassia is a hip hop dancer and choreographer who has been dancing since she was eleven years old, teaching and choreographing at her home church as part of a duo group with her brother (Carl) called "God's Annointed." Since that early start, Natassia and Carl have gone on to teach, compete, perform, and choreograph for national dance competitions, studios, summer intensives, and a variety of commercial work including the "Just Dance" video game.

Although Natassia and Carl have competed and won platinum honors at the E3 and Stage One natoinal dance competitions, their heart is, and has always been, sharing their faith with their students, and inspiring them to dance with the same enjoyment and passion that you clearly see in the work that Natassia and Carl do.

Natassia and Carl continue to teach in their home studio (Dance Fever), performn as "God's Annointed," and travel, teaching dance workshops and classes around the country. Thye were recently featured in Felice Messam's music video for "Gloria," and in her live performances. They're both very thankful to be in a place where they can minister through dance. All glory goes to God!

Denise Gillman
Master Teacher, Performer, Choreographer

Denise Gillman Ms. Gillman began her early training in Michigan with Marjorie B. Randazzo; she was the recipient of the Hammond Scholarship allowing her to continue as a full-time student at the National Ballet School of Canada.

Ms. Gillman is a frequent guest teacher in the United States and Europe, including faculty positions at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisville Ballet School, the International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America, ISTD – Cecchetti, and the Kate Simmons School in England.

Ms. Gillman is familiar with Balanchine style and has training in the Vaganova and RAD methods of teaching, although her teaching preference is the Cecchetti Method. Through many years of continued education, dedication and love of dance, Ms. Gillman has achieved an associate diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has also earned her Cecchetti Diploma as a dancer and teacher.

Ms. Gillman is dedicated to the continuation of the art of ballet and ballet education. For the past eighteen years, she has grown her dance studio into a multi-location academy . Gillman’s Dance Academy is also home to the MAGIC, Inc., a youth dance company founded by Ms. Gillman and community members who are invested in the non-profit, MAGIC – Making Art Grow In Children.

Amanda Burrow
Ballet, Jazz, & Cecchetti Instructor

Amanda Burrow Amanda Burrow began her training in Louisiana over 25 years ago. She has participated as a student member, then as a teacher participant, for the Louisiana Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America, studying under many masters of Classical Ballet. Amanda has been examined as a student and teacher candidate through her Professional Intermediate grade in the Cecchetti Method. Today she continues to carry the method to future generations by training more students and teachers in the southeast as a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America. In recent years, Amanda has been honored to lead the dance ministry at her church home, Central Baptist Church.

After she and her husband relocated to Johnson City, Amanda taught on and off while they began their family, having two sons -- Kamden and Layton. However, in 2007, Layton was diagnosed with Leukemia and the Burrows moved to Memphis while he underwent treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Amanda removed herself from the dance community to immerse herself in caring for Layton. After 6 months, the family was able to return home to Johnson City with a healthy Layton in remission. Today the family enjoys praising God and sharing their story about the richness of the blessings they experienced through their journey with a child who had once battled for his life!

Forever changed by the journey that the Lord blessed their family with, Amanda and her husband felt led to work on nursing degrees. They are both in school at ETSU’s College of Nursing. Amanda is very excited about the opportunities to witness to others while providing nursing care. And while this new “adventure” in her life has brought different delights to her heart, greater still is her love of dance! Amanda continues to want to share her love and to give others the opportunity to experience the joy of dancing.

Anna Daught
Professional Dancer, Company Member

Anna Daught Anna Daught began taking ballet classes at the age of five in Brandon, Manitoba. She fell in love with ballet and continued her training in Tucson, Arizona at Arizona Ballet Theatre under Cecily Winslow Bressel, Norman Walker, and Rochelle Zide-Booth.

After moving to Johnson City, Tennessee, Anna continued her studies with Pat Holden, graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and dancer with Memphis Ballet.

Anna is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University where she received a BA in dance with a choreography concentration and performed in many ballets including Giselle, Paquita, Les Sylphides, and Firebird. While in college, Anna was also a company member with Lake Erie Ballet where she performed solos in The Nutcracker and various contemporary ballets. Anna has most recently performed with the Charlottesville Ballet in Virginia.