the Julliard School working with the New York Philharmonic, The School of American Ballet and the Julliard Dance Ensemble.
Since arriving in Chattanooga in 1987, Bob has helped guide Chattanooga Ballet to new levels of artistic and professional development. Under his leadership the Company has grown to include six full time professionals and a thirty member Corps de Ballet. His dedication to the production of new works has resulted in the commissioning of over forty premiere pieces by American choreographers, three of which were presented at the Avignon Festival in France.
Bob was recently honored by the Tennessee Association of Dance with the prestigious Margaret Martin Award for distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the art of dance in Tennessee. He serves as President of Tennesseans for the Arts, Chairman of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Theatre panel and Chairman of the dance panel of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Bob has also served as President of the Tennessee Association of Dance and as a panelist for the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts.
After nine years in Utah, Frank accepted a position with the Atlanta Ballet where he performed principal roles in The Nutcracker and Tom Pazik’s Cinderella and Firebird. He then spent a year as a principal dancer with the Tampa Ballet before joining the Louisville Ballet under the direction of Alan Jones. His first engagement with Louisville Ballet included a tour of Texas with Mikhail Baryshinikov. Some of the other highlights of his eight years in Louisville include dancing principal and soloist roles in such major works as Jooss’s The Green Table, Loring’s Billy the Kid, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliant, Bournonville’s La Sylphide (staged by Erik Burhn) and Ruthanna Goris’s Cakewalk.
In addition to his duties as Ballet Master with Chattanooga Ballet, Frank teaches classes at all grade levels of the Chattanooga Ballet School. He has also restaged many of the works from the classical repertory including the second acts of Giselle and Swan Lake. Frank’s choreographic credits also include Juvenile Ambition (a work based on his training in Bournonville technique), Partita Prelude and The Creation, based on the Hayden Oratory. He recently served as choreographer of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s production of Oklahoma! and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera productions of Hansel and Gretel and Orfeo and Euridice.
Hope is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She began her ballet training at Karen Horton’s School of Dance and moved to Chattanooga Ballet at the age of five. In 2009, Hope began teaching for Chattanooga Ballet, and has moved up through the company to accept soloist roles. She received additional training at Fort Wayne Ballet under Jeremy Blanton, Alabama Ballet under Tracey Alvey and Roger Van Fleteren, and Atlanta Ballet. She has performed demi-soloist and soloist roles in Giselle, Guitar Concerto, Firebird, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and many other excerpts and new works. Additionally, she has performed in musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Milly, Guys and Dolls, and Honk. Hope is pursuing her Pediatric Physical Therapy degree at Covenant College and plans to pursue her Master degree, but first wants to accomplish a career in ballet.