Summer Program 2019

Location: Annex Studio at the Emporium on Gay Street

Dates: June 3 - July 17


Movement and Art ages 6-10

Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-6:00pm

$100/month or $20 Drop-in Rate(No class June 24 or 26)

Each session students will participate in a movement class and a fine art class!! Amelia Breed will teach Modern dance, Ballet, Improvisation, and explore some parts from our Making Dances classes. Semaj Johnson will teach Hip Hop and Tap for selected dates, TBA, and we may have a few guest teachers, TBA! 

All art lessons will be taught by Amelia Breed, to include drawing, painting, paper sculpture, collage, printing, and some 3D sculpture.

Intro to Movement ages 4-5

Mondays 3:30-4:00pm


This class is designed to introduce body awareness, coordination, and a joy of moving. We will practice a Brain Dance inspired by Anne Green Gilbert, simple modern and ballet technique, as well as flexibility and strengthening exercises!

Early Registration Deadline Extended to April 30th!!!!

JUNE 4-15 2018

The Summer Dance Intensive is a full-day, two week, program for students ages 6-14, located at the Riverdale School off the Strawberry Plains Exit ( Monday through Friday, our day will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:00pm. Students will participate in three classes each day, following a rotating schedule with the Instructors. Classes will include Modern technique, alignment(Ballet+Yoga), Improvisation, and Choreography. We will have a few specials available as an option for students during our hour and 45 minute lunch break, to include Dance History storytelling, watercolor painting, and waterplay. There will be an afternoon of Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance taught by Guest Artists from our performance series and other special classes TBA! Tuition includes all fees associated with Intensive and comp tickets to each performance as part of our performance series.


Tuition: $385 per student by May 15th


               **This is the total tuition for the two weeks, not per week.

We are very grateful and pleased to announce that we have a few Need-Based Scholarships available. Contact by phone.


Students will be asked to wear appropriate clothing, change of clothes necessary for waterplay, bring a healthy lunch and snack each day, and a waterbottle. No dance shoes are required, however Hip-Hop is best done in floor-safe sneakers(good ankle and arch support recommended).

Picnic blanket is encouraged! We will enjoy our lunch break outdoors each day, weather permitting, under a huge, old, Elm tree on the beautiful grounds of the Riverdale school. 


Performance Series:


Friday, June 8, 7pm        Faculty Works

                An evening of performance and choreography by Instructors,                               Guest Artists, and other adult dancers in Knoxville!

                Location: TBA

                Tickets: TBA

                      Free to students enrolled


Wednesday, June 13, 3pm    Afternoon Improvisation

                A series of choreographic games and exploration of improvisation                       tools. Instructors, adult dancers, and students will perform!

                Location: Riverdale School

                Tickets: TBA

                     Free to students enrolled


Friday, June 15, 3pm        Student Showcase

                Students and Instructors will present small works reflective of our                       two weeks of study together.

                Location: Riverdale School

                Tickets: TBA

                     Free to students enrolled


The normal day will operate from 8:45am-3:00pm.


8:45                 Group Warm-up


9:00-10:15            Class One      


10:30-11:45            Class Two        


11:45-1:30            Lunch        

     Specials        Dance History storytelling

                            Watercolor Painting



1:45-3:00            Class Three      

Meet the Instructors:


Amelia Breed has been choreographing and performing dance professionally for 8 years. In addition to the Knoxville dance scene, her work has been performed in Asheville, NC; Brooklyn, NY, Charleston, SC; Chattanooga, TN, and Lewisburg, WV. Amelia feels grateful to have studied with various artists including Art Bridgeman and Myrna Packer, Chris Burnside, Joy Davis, Cindy Dollar, Vicki Fink, Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Tere O’Connor, Stephen Koplowitz, Leah Pinder, Shelley Senters, Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Elliott Swartz, Amanda Thom-Woodson, and Doug Varone and Dancers. Amelia founded the Chickamauga School of Art, a program offering art classes and camps to children and adults, 2009-2015. She founded BreedArts School of Art and Dance in 2016. Amelia has worked with children for 15 years in schools, museums, and art centers both in Virginia and Tennessee, and is in her eighth year teaching art and yoga at Garden Montessori in Knoxville, TN.


Lauren Wilson Phillis teaches dance at Beaumont Magnet Academy. Lauren earned a B.S. in Dance Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed internships in dance education at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as well as Bates Dance Festival, where she spent four summers as a student in the Professional Training Program. Before relocating to Knoxville, Lauren taught dance at the high school level in Chatham, Virginia and Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to teaching, Lauren regularly choreographs, performs, and directs for Circle Modern Dance. 


Debbie Whelan, for 40 years, has designed dance programs, curriculums and choreography for people of all ages in multiple settings: Meredith College, Penn State University, University of Tennessee, Beaumont Magnet Academy, private arts and community centers throughout the east coast, including a senior citizen dance company, “The Elderberry Dancers”, and the Tennessee Department of Education, where she co-authored the state’s current K-5 Dance Curriculum.

She is the architect of the first public elementary school dance program in the state of Tennessee, “Beaumont Magnet Academy” (1993) and the first children’s dance company in a Tennessee public school, “Beaumont Dance Works” (1995). She is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including: Outstanding Educator of the year, from TAD and Outstanding Accomplishments in Dance Education, from AAHPERD.

Her teaching philosophy is shaped by years of study with the Limon Company, Bill Evans, Peggy Hackney and Ann Green Gilbert. Her teaching of technique and composition is infused with the theories and work of Rudolf Von Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff.

Guest Artists


Rose Attea grew up dancing in Nashville, Tennessee. She studied classical ballet joining her first professional company, Mid South Ballet, at the age of 15. Rose graduated from Columbia State with a certificate in Commercial Entertainment, widening her range of movement to jazz, musical theater, lyrical, and tap. After college, Rose danced for Found Movement Group and quickly fell in love with Contemporary. Her love of dance has allowed her to perform and study all over the world. She now lives in Knoxville, TN and is currently teaching dance, Pilates, and is in process of completing a certification in yoga. She is co-director with Semaj Johnson of Align Movement Project(AMP), and has a passion for making Movement accessible to all. 


Semaj Johnson is a Knoxville native Hip-Hop dancer who has trained in the styles of Popping, Locking, Waving ,Electric Boogie, Battle, Tutting, Stepping, Capoeira, and Krump. He is an Austin-East Alumni and the Co-director of Align Movement Project. He has had the pleasure of dancing with Southern Sole, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Co-Choreography in What the Water Tells Me, and has taught workshops for Carpetbag Theater. Semaj believes that dance is a tool that we use to reinvent ourselves through self-empowerment and body awareness.


Harper Addison 

Harper Addison currently lives in Knoxville, TN where she  is the Founder and Director of The Iteration Project, choreographs and presents her own work and is an adjunct faculty member at Walters State Community College. Additionally, she conducts open professional-level contemporary classes at The Emporium and is on faculty at Studio Arts, Dancers’ Studio, and Van Metre School of Dance.

As a dancer, she has appeared with Robert Moses’ KIN, Copious Dance Theater, The Ailey Student Performance Group, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as a student performer. She has had the privilege to work with such choreographers as Dan Wagoner, Robert Moses, Daniel Clifton, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, and Lauren Slone among others.




For more information, call 865.469.5273.

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