Founded almost 50 years ago in 1973 through the vision of a committed group of individuals who realized the need for quality dance education in the Chattanooga area, Chattanooga Ballet first found a home at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga through the Division of Continuing Education. There the professional company was founded in 1980 and in 1988 they presented their first production of The Nutcracker with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Now performed at the historic Tivoli Theatre, this production has grown to be one of Chattanooga’s most beloved performing arts events and is a tradition for over 10,000 in the community each year.
Through the years Chattanooga Ballet has honored the foundation of rich ballet traditions and has also emphasized the need to diversify the American dance legacy through supporting innovative regional artists. Established in 1989, Chattanooga Ballet’s School Ensemble (formerly Children’s Company), provides additional training and performance opportunities for intermediate level dancers ages eleven through fourteen. The Choreographer Development Program, established in 1991, furthers the work of emerging regional choreographers through original commissions and residencies associated with the professional company.
Focused on artistic excellence and community engagement, the growth of the organization paved the way for the establishment of the current facility on North Market Street in 2006. Since its inception, Chattanooga Ballet has reached thousands of children in a variety of venues, creating an environment that fosters teamwork, increases healthy life choices, and promotes self-esteem. The school offers a range of dance classes for ages three through adult, performance opportunities, and summer programs.
The past three years have seen new levels of artistic excellence for the professional company and visibility within the community. Chattanooga Ballet tries to act as a catalyst for artistic enrichment for all people through various educational programs and by providing the opportunity to experience live professional dance performances.
Guided by a new strategic plan established in 2019, Chattanooga Ballet is proud to represent the art of dance as the 4th artistic pillar in the community alongside the other disciplines. As Chattanooga’s leading dance institution, Chattanooga Ballet makes a unique and much-needed artistic contribution. By providing quality dance performances and education programs, Chattanooga Ballet serves the region, enriching and inspiring the lives of residents and visitors alike.
Board of Directors, 2020-2021
Brooke Moore, Chair
is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from Furman University. She is an alumna and current parent of Chattanooga Ballet. She is a graduate of Girls Preparatory School, where she was a member of Terpsichord (the school's modern dance company). Brooke is the Director of Admissions at The Bright School.
Meg Kramer, Immediate Past-Chair
Meg is a longtime supporter of the arts dedicated to seeing Chattanooga Ballet become one of the premier arts organizations in our great city. Meg moved to Chattanooga in 2012 and is an owner of Southeastern Trust Company. A member of the Board of Directors for Chattanooga Ballet for 7 years, she served as Chair for 4 years.
Dr. Deanna Gardenhire Brown, Vice Chair
is a native Chattanoogan and a graduate of Belmont University, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center dermatology residency. She is a board-certified dermatologist with Susong Dermatology in Hixson, TN. She has served on the Board for the last 5 years.
Robin Morrison, Treasurer
is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Morrison has resided in Chattanooga for 22 years and currently works at First Horizon Bank as a Financial Center Manager. She is in her second year on the Board of Directors for Chattanooga Ballet.
Lilas Taslimi Call, Secretary
is a Chattanooga native. She trained with Chattanooga Ballet and was a performing member of Emory Dance Company at Emory University. She earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a member of the Tennessee bar. Lilas currently works within the United States federal judiciary.
Sonia Young, Emeritus
is Chattanooga Ballet’s longest serving board member. Her husband Mel was one of the founders. She has served on many local arts boards including Chattanooga Ballet, CSO and Chattanooga Theatre Centre, as well as the Chattanooga Zoo and McKamey Animal Center. Founder of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Youth Theatre, she taught 32 years in the UTC Theater Department.
is a retired special education teacher from Montgomery County, Maryland. She has resided in Chattanooga for 12 years and is actively involved in the arts community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Ballet for 5 years.
is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with her Master’s from University of Tennessee. She works as a mental health therapist at Roots Counseling Center. Originally from Arkansas, Natalie moved to Chattanooga 6 years ago, and has been a member of Chattanooga Ballet Board of Directors for 3 years
is a strategy and business transformation consultant with Leonard Erwin & Associates LLC. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she was a member of the United Performing Arts Fund Allocation Committee there. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Political Science) and MBA (Finance) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. Most recently from Washington, DC, Mr. Farrell has resided in Chattanooga for over 5 years and currently serves as Managing Partner for his firm, Cox Farrell Ventures. Mr. Farrell has served on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Ballet for 1 year.
has over 30 years of marketing and advertising experience. Nationally recognized for his writing and speaking on topics ranging from consumer ratings to digital marketing strategies, he served on the boards of the Mountain Education Foundation, WTCI/ Channel 45 (PBS), Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Maymont Foundation.
relocated to Chattanooga to join the Hunter Museum's Development team in 2015, and joined the CB Board in 2020. Previously Aly spent a decade with Atlanta Ballet managing corporate, foundation, and public funding initiatives, and two successful capital campaigns. She is a passionate member of the local arts community and a yoga and barre teacher.
is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. Most recently from Southern Indiana, Ms. Kramer has resided in Chattanooga for over 7 years and currently works as a Portfolio Administrator for Patten and Patten, Inc. Ms. Kramer has served on the Board of Directors for The Chattanooga Ballet for 5 years.
is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was an Instructor in Advanced Airborne Radar Circuits for the U.S. Navy, and worked at RCA in Army missile systems and mainframe computers. At United Press International, he was Director of Data Processing. He served as Manager of Data Network Design for TVA, then worked with AT&T on high-speed data communications. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for 5 years.
Is the Chattanooga market leader for the Accelerate practice of Elliott Davis and has been with the firm for just over 10 years. She is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Alabama. Mrs. Noojin grew up in Chattanooga for a good portion of her childhood and returned to attend graduate school. This is her first year serving on the Board.
is co-owner of the top real estate team in Chattanooga with the Robinson Team at Keller Williams Greater Downtown Realty. Ali serves as the lead buyer specialist and has a passion for putting people in homes that bring them joy. Ali has lived in Chattanooga for 28 years and is beginning her second year on the Board of Directors.