Faculty and Staff

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 VIII 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 the past-president of the Tennessee Association of Dance.  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.

Director

Christine Mashburn-Paul

Kaleigh Caviness’s dance journey began when she was 12 years old. She had joined a preteen ballroom class and instantly fell in love with dancing. Starting at Enlight Ballroom Studio in Logan, UT, Kaleigh trained in both individual and formation ballroom dancing in the Latin, Standard, Rhythm, and Smooth styles. She received instruction and teaching from dance pros such as Adam and Jeanne Shelton; Chris Williams, director of ballroom dance at Utah State University, Ryan Delulo, a Latin pro dancer; and Casey Treu, a world dance champion. As Kaleigh continued her dance education, she additionally became dance partners with her brother and competed on an individual level in Open Latin and Open Standard categories. 

Throughout her career, Kaleigh has competed at several local and national ballroom competitions, placing and medaling several times. In her senior year of high school, her team earned all first place medals for youth formation dance and individually she placed in top 12 couples in the Standard style.  After that, she was offered a position on the Ensemble 1 team at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, which has one of the top ballroom programs in the world.

Kaleigh has performed at the Ellen Eccles theater, Tuacahn theater, Utah State University, Disneyland, Knotsberry Farm, the Marriott Center, and several local venues. She also had her choreography featured at the Ellen Eccles theater two years in a row. Kaleigh is certified and medaled in Gold American dances such as waltz, tango, foxtrot, bolero, and mambo, and has received High Honor scores for International Cha Cha and Waltz. But above all, Kaleigh’s passion is to teach interpersonal skills, encourage leadership, and help people find light and hope through the art of dance and movement.

Ballroom Instructor

Kaleigh Caviness

Originally from Orlando, Florida Errin received her early training from Miriam Rye Doktor, Thom Lake and Kelli Sullivan. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Kennesaw State University where she graduated with honors and was a charter member of The National Dance Honor Society. She has continued her dance education at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts & is a 2014 graduate of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. Errin’s professional career includes working with Lauri Stallings’ gloATL, Atlanta Ballet, Caitlyn Trainor of Trainor Dance, Sandra Shih Parks, Doctor Ivan Pulinkala, Lindsay Pierce, Morgan Carlisle, Emily Volin Yewell and the late Antonio Sisks of Philadanco. She has previously performed with Ballet Tennessee, Bernadette Upton’s “Weave,” Toya Willingham Riley’s Atlanta based 'About Face’ jazz company, Atlanta based Dance Canvas, and Denver/Chattanooga based Violet Mire Moves. Errin has choreographed works for Chattanooga Dance Theatre, Cleveland City Ballet and Girl’s Preparatory School’s Tersichord. She is a Cigna Healthcare Underwriting & Risk Management Operations Analyst. She currently serves as Vice President for the Tennessee Association of Dance. Errin is a new mama and excited to be returning to Chattanooga Dance Theatre.

Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor

Errin Cusack

Morgan received a minor in dance from Middle Tennessee State University, where she had a chance to study and refine her skills as a modern dancer and choreographer. While performing with the MTSU Dance Theatre she had opportunity to study and be featured in many guest artists’ pieces including Alberto Del-Saz- the Artistic Director and Repertory Director of the Nikolai/Louis Foundation for Dance Inc. During her years at MTSU she participated with performance tours to New York City and Chicago. Morgan also worked and performed with Heritage Dance Company. Since graduating, Morgan has had the immense pleasure of teaching and performing with CDT. She has also taught and choreographed as a guest artist at Center for Creative Arts. She is a member of Tennessee Association of Dance where she has attended professional summit training. Morgan is thrilled to call CDT her home.

Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Morgan Forster

Jenny Hannah is from Chattanooga. She began in baton twirling and gymnastics at the age of six. Jenny trained in ballet with Anna and Barry VanCura at Ballet Tennessee. Jenny is currently a baton twirling athlete on the elite level. A member of Team USA, Jenny is a nine time World Baton Twirling Championships medalist and a seventeen time Grand National Champion. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Biology and a M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Jenny is an adjunct instructor in the Health and Human Performance department at UTC where she is the coach for the UTC Majorettes. Jenny teaches twirling with United Twirling in Chattanooga.

Dance Instructor

Jenny Hannah

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.

Dance Instructor, Performer

Frank Hay

Brittany Johnson-Mills began her dance training with Ballet Tennessee at the age of ten. For eight years she continued as a TIP Scholarship student and completed the professional training program upon her graduation. For three summers she danced in New York City receiving a full tuition scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. While studying in New York Ms. Johnson-Mills studied ballet, pointe, Horton, Graham, and hip-hop under teachers such as Melanie Person, Denise Jefferson, Troy Powell, and Ana Marie Forsyth. Ms. Johnson-Mills was awarded the Kitty Sharp scholarship Award from the Tennessee Association of Dance. She also received an award from the City of Chattanooga’s Youth and Family Development department recognizing her unselfish love and dedication to the youth through dance. Ms. Johnson-Mills is a 2016 graduate of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute with Arts Build. 2019 marks Ms.Johnson- Mills thirteenth year as an instructor and choreographer.

Dance Instructor

Brittany Johnson-Mills

Trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and Modern, Keri Lamb is a versatile and energetic dancer, with extensive experience in teaching and performance.  Keri is the curriculum designer and teacher of Chattanooga State Community College’s only hip hop course, and is delighted to be teaching teen and adult Hip Hop 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.

Dance Instructor

Keri Lamb

Louie Marin-Howard began his training at Independence High School in San Jose, CA; where he trained with Gary Masters and performed with Jose Limon Dance Company. He then moved to Miami, FL where he attended the University of Florida New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis; on full scholarship. He received his B.F.A. with High Honors in 2005. Louie was a scholarship student of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, and Jennifer Muller/The Works School. He has performed with Dance Now! Miami, Freddick Bratcher and Co., Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Amanda Selwyn DanceTheater, Paskal Rekoert/ Flexicurve, Graham II, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Louie has taught regionally, nationally, and internationally; and is known for classes that explore the power, breath, speed, and passion of contemporary modern dance, and the demands of today’s repertory. Locally, Louie has been a guest teacher at Baylor School, and was commissioned to set his work “Birds of a Feather'' for their 2019-2020 performance season. He has also taught Masterclasses at Chattanooga Center of Creative Arts, and has been working with Hamilton County’s Dance Chair, Karen Wilson, to curate ProjectDance- a new program working towards introducing Dance to Hamilton County’s Elementary Schools. Louie is also a Teaching Artist with Northside Neighborhood House and Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer; where he continues to develop and introduce Chattanoogan children to “Speaking Through Dance''; his unique and visceral approach to Dance Education.

 

For Louie, class is a dialogue; in which we work together towards mastering the art of specificity and creating an open space where it is safe to learn. Rooted in Classical Modern Dance, class will focus on dancers’ dynamics, shift of weight, line, intention,and nuance.

Dance Instructor

Louie Marin-Howard

Melissa began dance training at age 11 at The American Academy of Dance in Paris under Meredith Hudson and at Le Centre de Jazz Rick Odums in Paris, France. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from Belhaven University, where she trained in Vaganova, Limon, Horton, and Graham techniques. She received additional training in New York City from The Jose Limon Dance Foundation as part of their Professional Studies Program.  

 

While in New York, she performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation as an apprentice company member, Live Arts by Nancy L'Heritier, Community Dance Project NYC, and was a company member for three years with The Physical Plant under Karesia Batan. 

 

She was a teaching artist for two years with The House of the Roses, a volunteer dance company providing after-school movement classes to children living in homeless shelters in New York City.  

 

Since returning to Chattanooga she has performed her own choreography and set work on others at Abandoned Arts 2019, The Female Future 2019, The Road 2019 and 2020, and in Fall 2020 will present original work at The Hunter Museum as part of a special exhibit celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage called “The F Word.”

 

This is Melissa's first season with Chattanooga Dance Theatre.

Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Melissa Miller

Chloe Russell is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer with CDT. She teaches ballet, modern, and jazz. She received her early training with the Ballet Memphis junior company and Collage Dance Collective’s pre-professional training program. She received additional training through programs at The Ailey School, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She has earned a degree in Political Science: Nonprofit Management with a minor in Spanish from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Throughout her college career she danced demi-soloist and corps roles with Chattanooga Ballet and Tennessee Ballet Theatre in ballets such as Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty and new works. Additionally, Chloe is a producer and grant-writer for a local arts event called Celebrations, where she has showcased and danced in her original contemporary ballet works. This is Chloe’s second season with Chattanooga Dance Theatre.

Dance Instructor, Dancer, Choreographer

Chloe Russell

Emily Schebler began dancing at the age of two. At twelve, she began her formal training at Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts (CCA) as a dance major. While at CCA, she was a member of their performance company, Project Motion, for three years, and had the opportunity to perform many different works in various styles of dance. In addition to CCA, Emily trained in ballet, modern, and jazz with Chattanooga Dance Theatre, under director Christine Mashburn-Paul, throughout her high school years. While with CDT, she originated several roles in current company repertory, such as Southern Belle, Mouse Queen, Aquarium Fish, and Snow Corps in the ‘Nooga Nutcracker. Some of her other favorite roles during her time at CDT include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the Dew Drop Fairy in ‘Nooga Nutcracker, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and many other roles in original works. During her time at both the Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Dance Theatre, she had the opportunity to choreograph several new pieces presented on the concert stage, including The Front and The Future is Female with CCA and For Em and For Christine at CDT. Emily also spent the summer of 2017 studying at Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, where she got to work with choreographers such as Ruben Gracciani, Dan Karasik, Gregory Merriman, General Hambrick, and Donna Carver.

Emily graduated from CCA as valedictorian of her class and is continuing her dance studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is currently working toward a double major in Dance and Movement Studies and Business Information Systems and Operations Management, with a concentration in Arts Management. While at Emory, she has had the opportunity to work with instructors such as George Staib, Lori Teague, Mara Mandrajieff Bennett, Greg Catellier, Tara Shepard Myers, and Kristin O’Neal, as well as several notable guest teachers, including Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent, and Boris Richir. Some of her completed coursework in dance include Dance Pedagogy, History of Western Concert Dance, Dance Literacy, Contact Improvisation, and technique classes in ballet, modern, and jazz. Emily is also a member of Emory Dance Company, the performance company of the Emory dance program. As a member, she has performed in many postmodern works, most notably of which being her soloist work in “Helen’s Misfortune” as a part of Kristin O’Neal’s 2019 Sweet Suite. Additionally, she is a member of student dance group AHANA, the Emory tap club, and Emory’s ballet club Fifth Position. She is beyond thrilled to be back home at Chattanooga Dance Theatre and cannot wait to work with this generation’s artists!

Dance Instructor

Emily Schebler

Andrea began dancing at an early age in Monterrey Mexico, where she attended La Escuela Superior de
Música y Danza de Monterrey and studied ballet for several years. There she performed The Nutcracker, Jardin Anime and several original works. She also performed the Polovtsian Dances choreographed by Koulubeck Ishenalieve and the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet .

After moving to the U.S., she continued to study ballet in Texas with Tuzer Ballet under the direction of Tanju and Pat Tuzer. Andrea danced professionally with Dance
Theatre of Tennessee under the direction of  Christopher Mohnani and Elaine Thomas. There she performed in soloist roles in the Nutcracker, The Ugly Duckling , Coppelia and Swan Lake as well as Corps de Ballet in Carmen, Who
Cares, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake act 2, Paquita, Cinderella to say a few. She danced for Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and performed Soloist and Principal roles in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty Act I and original work. At GBT she worked with Gabrielle Gambino, Peter Swan, Emily Vanderkley, Dana Woodruff and Xavier Lewis.

Between Tennessee and Georgia,she has worked at several ballroom studios being able to perform in Theatre Arts.

This is Andrea's first season with CDT!

Dance Instructor, Dancer, Choreographer

Andrea Solis

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