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Ballet Academy


Levels 2 - 7

Children ages 8-18 enter the Student Division by audition. If accepted, the student is placed in one of curriculum levels. Students learn progressive levels of ballet technique following the school syllabus for each age-appropriate level. Classical classes are taught using principles from French, American, and Russian technique and styles. Taught by classically trained instructors, students are instructed in classroom etiquette, attire, vocabulary, wellness, injury prevention, nutrition, ballet history, career paths, and ballet conditioning to fully round out the dancer.


Yearly advancement is based on faculty evaluations of the individual student’s technical ability, physical aptitude, strength, classroom effort and attendance.

Missy Tillman



Melissa Tillman, BSN, has been a movement educator for over 10 years in the

Middle Tennessee area. Melissa is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

Melissa studied ballet for 15 years the Chattanooga Ballet, where as a

member of the Chattanooga Ballet Children’s Company, and then the

Corps de Ballet, she had many opportunities to perform soloist,

demi-soloist, and corps roles.

In her passion for modern dance, Melissa co-founded and directed Charis,

a modern dance company housed at Chattanooga Christian School. Her

contributions there included teaching modern and jazz classes,

choreographing works for the company, and performing. Melissa continued

her modern dance training with an emphasis in Limon technique under the

direction of Sharona Paller Rubinstein. During this time Melissa was invited to

become a member of the Macon Moving Company, in Macon, Georgia,

performing many original modern works throughout the community.

Melissa also enhanced her training in ballet, modern, and jazz, studying at

places such as Ballet Magnificat, Harvard University, the American Dance

Festival, Tennessee Association of Dance, and intensive dance

conferences in Washington D.C. During these experiences Missy was able

to study with such artists as David Dorfman, Rennie Harris, Garth Fagan,

Jeffery Bullock, Donna Faye Burchfield, Gerri Houlihan, and Kathy Thibodeaux.

Melissa received her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique in 2015.

Teaching this conditioning program for dancers, which combines concepts from

classical ballet and Pilates, sparked an interest in the bridge between dance and

Mindbody Movement, leading her to her interest in yoga and other combined

somatic movement modalities.

Melissa is one of Tennessee’s only certified Roll ModelR Method Practitioner

and certified Yoga Tune UpR teachers. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher

(RYT) with the Yoga Alliance, having completed her 200 hour RYT, Ayurveda

Certificate, and Restorative Yoga immersion training, with the Yoga and Ayurveda

Center. She is currently working on becoming a Yoga Medicine Specialist and

receiving her 500 hour YTT through Yoga Medicine.

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