Intermediate and Advanced Summer Dance Intensives

Intermediate and Advanced Summer Dance Intensive 2018

July 9th- 20th, 9:30am – 4pm, Monday-Friday
Performance at 6pm on Friday, July 21st

Levels V and higher, ages 11 and up, instructor permission required for admittance

Students should pack a lunch each day.

Rehearsal for The Edge, choregraphed by Jennia Shanley.

Ready to see what life is like as a dance professional? This intensive will take you there. Intermediate and advanced dancers will experience a variety of dance techniques from multiple teachers throughout the course of 2 weeks.  Students will study ballet, modern, and jazz techniques and will learn three different pieces of choreography that will be used throughout the 2018-2019 season. Additionally, participants will be able to connect with dancers who have danced on Broadway, at Disney, in professional companies, and more.  Other guest speakers will include professors at universities, dance teachers, studio owners, and dance therapy counselors. There will be a photo day in which dancers can get their standard head shot (needed for most professional and university auditions), and a few other images of full body dance poses. The sitting fee for the photos is included in the price of the intensive and students will be able to purchase prints and files of the photos directly from the photographer for additional costs. Students will have a short performance at CDT at 6pm on Friday, July 20th.

Transcendance By Jessica Bowman. Photo by Alisha Dover.

Dancers not currently enrolled at Chattanooga Dance Theatre, must take a drop in class ($15 fee) as an audition, or send in a dance resume, letter of recommendation, and dance video showing ballet adage, pirouette, and allegro work, pointe if applicable and at least 16 counts of a contemporary combination.

First informal showing of The Edge by Jennia Shanley.


Faculty 2018

Alisha Cardenas

Alisha Cardenas (Artistic Director) originally hails from Atlanta, GA. Her training includes the Georgia Ballet, The Bravo Dance Centre and The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas was accepted and attended the Cobb County School of Performing Arts majoring in Dance and minoring in Drama/Theatre. After high school, she was accepted to the University of Georgia’s performance company The UGA Ballet Ensemble. While attending The University of GA, she danced the role of Myrtha and Demi-Soloist from the romantic ballet Giselle, was a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced many of the companies repertory pieces. Past mentors include, Marina Levasheva from the Georgia Ballet and Bravo Dance Centre, Janet Robertson and Joan Buttram from the University of Georgia and Mary and Karen Rau from The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas also attended the Second City and The Improv Olympic in Chicago, where she preformed, produced and choreographed numerous shows in the Chicago area. Students that she has trained have gone on to programs such as The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffery Ballet NYC, The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rockettes Summer Intensive, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Towson University Dance Major program, Kennesaw State University Dance Major Program, Stockton University Dance Major Program, The Bolshoi Summer Intensive. Her students have also received high scores and praise  at the Philadelphia Youth America Grand Prix, including Top 12.  She is excited that her dream of becoming a director and owner of a school that stresses the fundamentals of ballet is coming true, and looks forward to meeting and training all her wonderful students.

Abigail Lee-Haynes, Manager of the Batterie Dance Store

Abigail was born and raised in Sevierville, Tennessee and began her training at Elizabeth Williams School of Dance. During her early dance career, she trained at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She has competed in numerous competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, where she placed in the top 12 for the contemporary division in 2011. She graduated from the University of Alabama the fall of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance, minor in Business. During her time at UA, Abigail performed in the pre-professional dance concert, Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, where she held lead roles in classical ballets such as Paquita in Paquita and Odette in Swan Lake, as well as, leads in contemporary ballet works. She has also been a part of student-choreographed concerts, Dance Alabama! and Dance Collection, where she made her choreographic debut. Abigail represented the University of Alabama with her performance in co/lapse at the International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Abigail was recently a company apprentice and faculty member with Chattanooga Ballet. Now she is managing The Batterie, choreographing and teaching for local companies, and focusing on her dance photography. Abigail will taking photos and be setting a jazz dance on students of the CDT Intensive 2018!


Allison Shenton, Artistic Director of Dance Arts in Valdosta, Georgia

Allison Shenton

Allison Shenton started her dance training in 1981 at Dance Arts, Inc. She enjoyed dancing the Nutcracker with Dance Arts every December performing such roles as Dew Drop, Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Allison attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Dance Education. At UGA she was a company member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Joan Buttram. Many of the roles danced at UGA inspired her love for classical ballet. Such include Myrta, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker with the Athens Symphony, the Pas de Quatre in Act 1 and Corps de Ballet in Act 2 Kingdom of the Shades in the full-length production of La Bayadere, Flowers in collaboration will Ballethnic Dance Company’s Urban Nutcracker, and corps de ballet in the full length La Sylphide. After graduation from UGA, Allison also had the opportunity to work as a professional dancer in Atlanta Festival Ballet. She was directed by the world-renowned dancer Nicolas Pacana. Allison danced in many productions including The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. She did many original works arranged by Mr. Pacana and enjoyed dancing in the lead trio for the work Symphony in C. At Atlanta Festival Ballet School, she served as the Director of Operations. In 2003 Allison returned to Dance Arts, Inc. Her students have gone on to study and have scholarships to many summer programs, selected for the Governors Honors Program, as well as compete at the Youth America Grand Prix under her direction. She is proud to have many of her past students studying at major Universities as Dance Majors including The University of Georgia, Florida State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Belhaven College and Valdosta State University. In 2014, Allison was happy to join the Dance faculty at Valdosta State University from 2014-2016 teaching ballet and was very proud to be a Blazer. Starting Fall of 2016, Allison transitioned to the roll of Artistic Director and owner of Dance Arts Valdosta, Inc.