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Kylie Morton


Kylie Morton Berry, originally from Maryville, Tennessee, began her training at Van Metre School of Dance and Appalachian Ballet Company under the direction of her mother, Amy Morton Vaughn. In 2007, Kylie received a contract with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now known as the Charlotte Ballet), where she remained for three seasons. In her time in Charlotte, Kylie performed several principal and soloist roles in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker and Cinderella, Mark Diamond’s City South and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature and Twlya Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. As well as several works by George Balanchine, restaged by Patricia McBride (a 2014 Kennedy Center Honoree), including The Four Temperaments, Who Cares? and Stars and Stripes. Kylie was featured as a demi-soloist in  Dwight Rhoden’s World Premiere of Othello, in 2009. She performed on multiple tours with the company, traveling all around the Southeast and upstate New York. Since returning to Tennessee in 2010, Kylie has performed title roles on the Appalachian stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella, Peter Pan and most recently, The Little Mermaid. In 2016, she performed with the Charleston Ballet Theatre as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, and in 2017 as the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. Kylie has also choreographed several works for ABC that have been performed in Tennessee and across the Southeast. She received a scholarship to attend the Regional Dance America’s National Choreographic Intensive in 2013. Kylie teaches ballet and jazz at Van Metre School of Dance, the rehearsal mistress for the Appalachian Ballet Company and is a frequent master teacher within the Southeast. In May of 2017, she received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique while attending the RDA National Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.  Kylie serves as the Social Media Coordinator and a Director at Large on the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association board. In 2014, Kylie married Evan Berry, they live in Maryville.

Courtney Vanderpool


Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, with Bachelor Degrees in both Dance and English (creative writing). At Otterbein, Courtney had the privilege of studying under George Boft, formerly with the Bolshoi Ballet, Stella Kane, former member of the American Dance Machine and founder of JazzMet, and other esteemed teachers. She is experienced in performing and teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Courtney strives to impress upon her dance students an appreciation of the artistry and history of all dance forms. She aims to infuse technique, creativity, style and musicality into her teaching and choreography. Courtney has choreographed for dance competitions, pageants, and Blue Jeans and Ballet, as well as local theatre productions for Maryville College, Wordplayers, Oak Ridge Playhouse, Foothills Community Players, and Tennessee Valley Players. In addition to teaching Tap, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop at Van Metre, Courtney also works as an adjunct teaching dance and movement at Maryville College. She is also an actress with Talent Trek Agency and has appeared in local and international commercials and television shows. She has a recurring role on Homicide Hunter on the ID Network as Kathy Kenda. Courtney is married to Tim Purvis and is mother to Alex and step-mom to Ella and Micah.

Harper Addison


Harper Addison, originally from Atlanta, GA, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. As a dancer, she has appeared with Robert Moses’ KIN, Copious Dance Theater, The Gamut Dance Company, The Ailey Student Performance Group, and Alvin Ailey American Dance The- atre as a student performer. She has had the privilege to work with such choreographers as Dan Wagoner, Robert Moses, Daniel Clifton, Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Camille A. Brown, and Lauren Slone among others. As a choreographer, her work has been presented at The Ailey School, Davidson College, Princeton University, Florida State University, Z Space in San Fran- cisco, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. among others. She is also the founder and director of The Iteration Project and currently teaches and performs in Knoxville, TN. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College, a Certificate in Dance from The Ailey School, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University.


Erin Claxton


Erin began her training at Van Metre School of Dance at the age of four and became a member of the Appalachian Ballet Company at the age of ten. She has been in numerous Company shows including The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Cinderella. She was most recently seen as the Shepherdess in The Nutcracker. She has attended the Atlanta Ballet summer intensive in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Choreographic Intensive in Tallahassee, Florida. She also has attended seven Regional Dance America festivals, including the national festival in Phoenix, Arizona. She is thrilled to be joining the teaching staff this year.



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