Monday, July 19, 2010

Welcome Mrs. Missy Tillman

We are so honored to have a new faculty member at TDAC. Mrs. Missy will be taking on a few Jazz classes this fall.

Missy began her formal dance training at age three, with the Chattanooga Ballet.  As she continued her studies there through high school, she became a member of the Chattanooga Ballet Children’s Company, and then the Corps de Ballet. These positions gave her opportunities to perform soloist, demi-soloist, and corps roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Firebird, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, The Magic Flute, Contemporary Music Symposium, Haydn’s Creation, and many modern and jazz works by guest choreographers.
Also during high school, Missy 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.  In college, Missy continued her modern dance training with an emphasis in Limon technique under the direction of Sharona Paller Rubinstein. During this time Missy was invited to become a member of the Macon Moving Company, in Macon, Georgia, performing many original modern works throughout the community. Missy recently had the privilege of choreographing for the DeRay Ministry’s Jr. Dance Company in Franklin TN.
Missy has also enhanced her training in ballet, modern, and jazz through a variety of summer workshops, master classes, and dance conferences, at places such as Ballet Magnificat, Harvard University, and the American Dance Festival, Tennessee Association of Dance, and an intensive summer conference 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.
Missy is a registered nurse, and when she is not dancing, she can be found teaching Zumba classes and sharing her love of movement with her three young daughters.


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