ABOUT

A Legacy of Dance

About

Mission & Philosophy

At the heart of all that we do we are asking Who? Where? How? and What? are we serving. With this philosophy we are searching for people to introduce to and share this art form with. We are looking for places where professional in-person ballet is not currently present, both in our community and in our region. We examine and refine our delivery, training and presentation of the art form in order to make it accessible and inspiring. We ensure our motivation is putting the needs of our audiences, students and community before our own aspirations.

In our efforts we look to overcome geographical, economic and societal barriers through touring, scholarship or sponsored classes and by providing an inclusive atmosphere where every student is trained to their greatest potential. We believe a life lived with dance is a life well lived.

Chattanooga Ballet (CHA Ballet) is the only professional ballet company in Chattanooga. The company works with highly recognized choreographers from around the country to present a repertoire that includes works from classical to contemporary and modern genres. In addition to the regular seasons here in Chattanooga the company proudly represents the city touring throughout the southeast region. The company is a dream caster, showing what is possible for the athlete and the artist.

DEIA

In keeping with our mission to serve through the power of dance we continually seek to answer the questions of who, where, what and how we may best serve the student, family, community, employee, stakeholders, partners, and art form. As part of this mission, we strive to ensure this power has no limitation in its scope and that it is accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation.

We are dream casters and agents of change within our community through the art we create, the students we train, and the lives we touch. CHA Ballet is dedicated to making choices that demonstrate a heart turned toward diverse relationships, equitable opportunities, and an inclusive culture.

STAFF

Here To Serve

Nena Widtfeldt

Director of Education
Nena began her pre-professional training at Contra Costa Ballet School in Walnut Creek, CA under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre dancers Zola Dishong and Richard Cammack. During her time there she performed various roles in the student company such as Rose in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and soloist in James Sofranco’s contemporary ballet Catching the Light. She also had the opportunity to be coached by School of American Ballet’s Suki Schorer in the CCB student productions of George Balanchine’s Serenade and Stars and Stripes. In 2012 Nena received her Bachelors in Family Studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. There she danced with BYU’s Theatre Ballet company and served as company president for one year. She was able to tour the west coast with the company performing lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Snow Queen as well as original contemporary works. From 2013-2016 Nena relocated to Detroit, MI where she continued her teaching career. In April 2016 Nena had the opportunity to perform in Detroit as a dance supernumerary under Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre. In 2017 she relocated to Chattanooga, TN and had the opportunity to premiere the lead role in Alia Kache’s Clickbait. In 2019 Nena began her role as Director of Education at CHA Ballet alongside dancing with the company and in 2021 welcomed her son. Nena oversees the CHA Ballet School, rehearses students for productions such as the Nutcracker, and works with faculty at all satellite locations. She is also the director of the organization’s student performance group CHA Ballet School Ensemble.
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Board of Directors

Brooke Moore
President
Robin Morrison
Vice President
Ashley Noojin
Treasurer
Lilas Taslimi Call
Secretary
Brad Carmony
Board Member
Madyson Smith
Board Member
Brooke Fuller
Board Member
Courtney Keehan
Board Member
Ashley Kinzler
Board Member
Betsy Kramer
Board Member
Delaney McDougal
Board Member
Clara Register
Board Member
Katie Reed
Board Member
Ali Robinson
Board Member

Emeritus Members

Leonard Murray
Emeritus Member
Sonia Young
Emeritus Member