Athleticism & Artistry



Mary Kate Shearer

Mary Kate Shearer is from Ridgeland, Mississippi. She trained from age three with Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet under the direction of Jennifer Beasley. Mary Kate attended numerous summer intensive programs, including Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and the School of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Mary Kate joined the Indiana University Ballet Theater in January 2018. With IUBT, she performed the roles of Yellow Lady in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels and Angry Girl in The Concert by Jerome Robbins, and also danced featured roles in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Allegro Brillante, Dark Elegies by Anthony Tudor, and in The Nutcracker, choreographed by Michael Vernon. In May 2021, Mary Kate graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in English and a Certificate in Global French. Since joining Chattanooga Ballet in 2021, Mary Kate's roles have included the Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, an ugly stepsister in Artistic Director Brian McSween's Cinderella, and Polyhymnia in McSween’s Three Muses for Apollo. She has also premiered multiple new contemporary and ballet works with the company, notably including Emilia Sandoval's Then, As In Now and McSween's Capture. As an instructor with the school of Chattanooga Ballet, Mary Kate loves sharing the joy of ballet with her students. Beyond ballet, Mary Kate is an amateur musicologist of sorts, and has embarked on a journey to listen to the top 500 albums of all time, as discerned by the magazine Rolling Stone. Follow her musical journey @mklistens on Instagram. This is Mary Kate’s second season with Chattanooga Ballet.


Sunday, March 3, 2024 @ CHA Ballet, 817B N Market St. Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga Ballet is seeking to hire female and male artists for a 40-week contract. Artists auditioning are required to have strong ballet technique and be comfortable with pointe, contemporary and modern movement, and may be asked to demonstrate an understanding of pas de deux work. A headshot and résumé are required the day of the audition. No pre-registration is necessary, but if an artist is interested in being pre-screened for the audition, they can provide a video that includes classical and contemporary choreography. Pre-screened artists will be notified ahead of the audition if it is necessary for them to attend.
1:00 Registration
2:00 Class
Inquiries can be sent to CEO/Artistic Director Brian McSween,


CHA Ballet’s vision for choreography is to provide the greatest artistic experience for its company artists and its audiences. These experiences are created by nationally recognized choreographers in ballet, contemporary and modern dance genres. Ultimately, CHA Ballet strives to provide artistically relevant performances that serve their audiences regardless of past exposure to the art form.

By focusing on works that are challenging, innovative, and of the highest artistic quality, Chattanooga Ballet is capitalizing on the unique and versatile talents of its company dancers and the bold artistic vision of CEO / Artistic Director Brian McSween. Below are several of the most recent works commissioned and premiered by the company.

Alia Kache - Flock, 2019
Emilia Sandoval - Then As In Now, 2021
Autumn Eckman - Wax Wane, 2022
Tyler Gilstrap - Unicornio, 2022
Mollie Sansone - Élégiaque, 2022
Silas Farley - Rameau Pas de Trois, 2023
My'Kal Stromile - Three Theories in Choreographic Discourse, 2023
Dwight Rhoden - 2024


Those interested in booking Chattanooga Ballet for a tour should email:

Art/Motion Regional Tour:

Cookeville, TN - Cookeville Performing Arts Center
February 2 & 3, 2024 at 7:30pm

Summerville, SC - Summers Corner Performing Arts Center
March 7 & 8, 2024 at 7:30pm