The Official School of the Appalachian Ballet Company

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Our experience with Van Metre School of Dance has been wonderful. Our daughter has benefited socially, physically, and artistically from her experiences in class, and we have formed lasting friendships with other parents. The director, teachers, and staff are both professional and nurturing in their approach to instruction. Since many of the teachers in the school are also members of the Appalachian Ballet Company, our daughter gets to see her teachers dance while also being exposed to both new and classic ballet and modern performances. The school offers a family atmosphere, but students are also taught respect for others and for the art of dance. We look forward to many happy years of visiting the studio as we continue to "learn ballet on Broadway" (Maryville). ...Chrissy Faught


"Van Metre School of Dance is much more than simply a place for your child to dance. It's a place for your child to learn about the possibilities that exist in themselves. It's also a place where the teachers, directors, and other staff take the time to get to know your child, and you ... and make it the best experience possible."... Mike Carleton


"My daughter loves Van Metre! I have enjoyed watching the dance studio grow. The teachers are wonderful, the facility is so nice, things are run so efficiently. Thanks for a great year!"... Stacy Audra


"We love Van Metre. My daughter is going there, I went there, and my mother also learned Ballet at Van Metre. It not just a school - it's home!"... Julie Fox


"We moved to Knoxville from Atlanta four years ago.After getting settled we began looking for a
traditional ballet program for our daughter. We are blessed to have found Van Metre School of Dance. Van Metre has offered our daughter a highly individualized approach to developing refined ballet technique, strength, and artistry in dance. Having the benefit of the ballet school housing The appalachian ballet, our daughter is also offered the opportunity to audition and perform appropriately with a true regional ballet company. What a gift! I believe Amy Vaughn's artistic approach with all of her instructors and students is to best highlight each of her dancer's unique qualities while re-enforcing correct class technique. It is a positive and healthy environment for our daughter. We are fortunate to live in an area that offers such a strong artistic program. "...Amy Wilbanks

"As a parent of two dancers it was important to select a studio with quality classical training. Although we live in Knoxville, we chose Van Metre for the unparalleled opportunities our daughters would have as they progressed in their dancing. Ms. Amy and her team of professional instructors works hard to instill a love of dance in their students as they gain strength, technique and vocabulary. And we loved that our girls would get to practice the art of performing as they show off what they've learned each year in a real ballet!"...Jennifer Coker

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Contact & Hours

(865) 982-8463

OFFICE HOURS: 2:30pm - 6:30pm Monday - Thursday

STUDIO HOURS: 3:00pm - 8:00pm Monday - Thursday

It is the desire of Van Metre School of Dance to develop in each student a love for and a skill in the art of dance according to individual ability, so that the dance experience will be an enriching part of the student's life and education.

Special thanks to photographers - Richard Calmes and Gabby Valentine