Christine Mashburn-Paul, Director
Originally from Atlanta, Christine grew up studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus under the training of Kelly Oakes-Dent at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. By the time Christine graduated high school, she had completed RAD examination grades II through VII Award and the major syllabus examinations Pre Elementary through Intermediate II (recently renamed Intermediate Foundations through Advanced I). Christine went on to receive her minor in dance at the University of Georgia, performing in the UGA Ballet Ensemble as well as the modern dance company, CORE. From 2002-2006 Christine taught, choreographed and directed for Freedom of Movement Dance Academy in Athens, Georgia and completed a 230 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. Christine has a professional career dancing, teaching, and choreographing with the Chattanooga Ballet, and also directed the Orange Grove Dancers. Christine is currently the treasurer of the Tennessee Association of Dance and chair person for TAD Gala held at the annual festival each fall. With experience in many forms and dance, Christine directs the Chattanooga Dance Theatre to have classes and productions in many forms of dance and movement for all ages.
Miranda Denham, Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor
Miranda is enjoying her first year with CDT both as a company member and as a staff member teaching the acro dance class. She is a Chattanooga native, having graduated from Center for Creative Arts in 2010, and received her classical training from Ballet Tennessee. She has recently returned to Chattanooga after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, where she participated in the Dance Theatre company. She is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child and Family Studies.
Morgan Forster, Dance Instructor and Choreographer
Morgan Forster has been studying dance since childhood and after graduating from Center for Creative Arts in 2007 where she devoted her studies to modern and ballet, Morgan moved to Nashville to attend Middle Tennessee State University. While working on her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, she minored in dance and participated in the MTSU Dance Theatre for 5 seasons. Morgan devoted herself to studying the artistry and technique of modern and ballet. She had the pleasure to study wih choreographers including Kim Nofsinger-Shelter Repertory, Marsha Barksy-Company Rose, Erin Rehberg- Core Project, Alberto Del Saz- Artistic Director and Repertory Director of the Nikolai/Louis Foundation for Dance Inc, and many others. During her studies Morgan participated in American College Dance Festival and adjudication concerts and had the opportunity to present her own work “Stemware” at the 2012 ACDFA showcase.
Elsa Cooper, Dance Instructor and Choreographer
Growing up in Louisville Kentucky, Elsa began dancing at the age of four. After studying at Ursuline School for the Performing Arts, she went on to continue her studies at The Louisville Ballet School before moving to Washington State. There she studied at MK Ballet under Michiko Black, and then completed her studies with Evergreen City Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director Kevin Kaiser where she had many performance opportunities and was able to gain experience creating choreography. She has also had the opportunity to attend different summer programs at Evergreen City Ballet, The Louisville Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet in North Carolina. After completing her dance training varying in many different styles of dance, she continued to perform as a company dancer with Evergreen City Ballet. Some of her favorite roles were the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker”, and her parts in various contemporary original works. She is so excited to have now moved to the Chattanooga area and joined The Chattanooga Dance Theatre this year to continue sharing her passion and love of dance.
Frank Hay, Ballet Instructor
Frank Hay grew up in California where he studied dance and gymnastics with his father. His early training included performing children’s roles with such notable companies as the San Francisco Ballet and the touring Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballet Companies. He majored in ballet with an emphasis on performance technique at the University of Utah under an academic scholarship. Frank then joined Ballet West where he trained with Willam Christensen, Bruce Marks, Toni Lander and Leon Danilian. Frank was a principle dancer with the Atlanta Ballet, the Tampa Ballet and the Louisville Ballet. His first engagement with Louisville Ballet included a tour of Texas with Mikhail Baryshinikov. He most recently served as Ballet Master with the Chattanooga Ballet where he taught company class and classes for the Chattanooga Ballet School. In addition to restaging many of the works from the classical repertory, Frank is an award winning choreographer and his credits include many original works for Chattanooga Ballet including “The Nutcracker” and “The Creation”, based on the Hayden Oratory. He also served as the adjudicator for the Pacific Northwest Music Fest and coached a dancer in the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He is well-versed in the Russian, Cecchetti, and Bournonville schools of ballet.
Keri Lamb, Dance Instructor and Choreographer
Trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and Modern, Keri Lamb is a versatile and energetic dancer, with extensive experience in teaching and performance. Currently a member of Chattanooga’s professional dance company Weave, she is also the curriculum designer and teacher of Chattanooga State Community College’s only hip hop course, and is delighted to be teaching a new, open level Community Hip Hop Class at Chattanooga Dance Theatre! Her Hip Hop training includes classes in Lyrical Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Breakdancing, and Boogaloo, and in her own teaching she strives to deliver an authentic hip hop vibe in a relaxed and inclusive environment.
Elizabeth Roemer, Dance Instructor and Choreographer
Elizabeth Roemer discovered her love for dance as a child while taking classes at Kathy’s School of Dance and Chattanooga Ballet. After graduating from Baylor School in 2005, Elizabeth attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She worked with guest choreographers Bill Hastings and Lou Conte as well as many dance department faculty members during her time at Georgia. Upon her return to Chattanooga, Elizabeth became a guest teacher and choreographer for Baylor School’s dance program, Verve. Elizabeth also served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee
Association of Dance for two years.
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