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Page 18 • September 9, 2013 • New York to Knoxville

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Studio Arts for Dancers: Teaching dance to the greater Knoxville Community for 23 years

TUDIO ARTS for Dancers is celebrating 23 years of dance instruction in the Knoxville community. Founded in 1990 by Lisa Hall McKee, STUDIO ARTS’ artistic director has influenced thousands of children with her commitment to both artistry and technical excellence in her students. “Dance is for everybody,” McKee says. “It is for young, old, big, small, coordinated and especially the uncoordinated. Our philosophy is to teach it right and motivate our students to love dance and the work that it entails. Every individual is different and we encourage our dancers to celebrate that, fi nd out what their


body is capable of and achieve it without worry about where their peers are. Dance is an individual sport rt taught in a group environment.” STUDIO ARTS for Dancers offers classes in preballet, ballet, pointe, repertoire,, modern, Horton, jazz azz and tap. Classes are re offered for pre-school age 3 through preprofessional and are even branching into a teen and adult beginning ballet program. STUDIO ARTS is committed to each student at each

level. Following a specific syllabus, McKee ensures all students learn ballet history, anatomy and terminology. “It doesn’t matter to me that they take dance as a recreation. I still want them to learn dance correctly, love it and appreciate the art of dance. It is something they will carry with them their whole life. It is a discipline that is a life skill. I love it when students come back as adults (sometimes with their own children) and tell me how important the work ethic and respect they learned at the studio has been to their lives. It makes what we do here have meaning.” With a current eenrollment of more than 300 students and a 5,000-square foot high-tech fa facility with video ob observation in al all three studios, STU STUDIO ARTS cu currently has te ten teachers on staff and con continues to host presti prestigious teachers and choreographers from all over the US to work with its stu students. STUDIO ARTS pr produces high cali caliber artistic and techni technical excellence in its young students. st “While the majority of o our students dance just becau because they love it, many have profess professional aspirations, and it is our job to ensure they are prepared.” Many of McKee’s McK students have been accepted acce to prestigious summer sum dance programs including Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Lines, Jacobs Pillow and others, as well as prestigious

collegiate dance programs. Many of our dancers have continued on to professional performance careers. “What is great and unique about our program is that we have highly qualified staff ensuring correct, safe

and creative teaching methods no matter what the level or personal aspirations of each student. We are dance educators.” STUDIO ARTS for Dancers performs annually at the Historic Tennessee Theatre and is the home of GO! Contemporary Dance Works, a nonprofit youth dance company which blends contemporary ballet, modern, aerial arts and culturally influenced dance forms. It’s not too late to register for classes. Classes that began in August will culminate with the spring concert at the Tennessee Theatre on May 10.

For more information about STUDIO ARTS and the fall class schedule please visit, call 539-2475, or email the studio at

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A special publication of the Shopper-News bringing big city style to East Tennessee