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Amy Morton as a child



AMY MORTON VAUGHN was appointed Artistic Director of the Appalachian Ballet Company in 1997. Ms. Morton Vaughn has been active in dance for over twenty years as a talented dancer, teacher, choreographer and director. She serves as the vice president of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association after two years as as President.


Ms. Morton Vaughn is owner and director of Van Metre School of Dance, the official school for the Appalachian Ballet and one of the oldest businesses in Blount County. She serves on the advisory board for The Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. As a choreographer, she has created numerous classical and contemporary ballets performed by regional and professional companies. Ms. Morton Vaughn has choreographed many original works for the KSO Clayton Holiday Show and for the Appalachian Ballet Company’s spring concerts and Bluejeans and Ballet performances. She is dedicated to using live music and has had the pleasure of choreographing to works by prominent musicians including Robinella, the Streamliners and former Broadway performers Kathy Moore McDougall and Bruce Moore, as well as the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2009 and 2010, she choreographed her own version of Peter and the Wolf presented at the Bijou with live music and the next season set a new Peter Pan for the opening of the Clayton Center. Ms. Morton Vaughn created her own full length version of the fairy tale Cinderella and presented the ballet to sold out audiences at the Clayton Center in spring of 2011. With permission from Dolly Parton, she created a new ballet, Coat of Many Colors. The ballet was presented with live music by Robinella and a choir at the Clayton Center in the Spring of 2012 to celebrate Appalachian Ballet’s 40th anniversary. She performed in Montreal, Canada, in May 2012 with the company as “ Chaplin” in her ballet “With Chaplin” for the National Regional Dance America Festival.


Ms. Morton Vaughn married Jack Vaughn in June, 2012. She is proud of her two stepsons, Anders and Pierce, dancing daughters Kylie and Laura, and grateful for the opportunity to influence so many young artists in our community.


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