The Official School of the Appalachian Ballet Company




Applications for enrollment are accepted throughout the year. Beginning classes are formed in August. The school reserves the right to refuse registration when the classes are full and to cancel registration for disciplinary reasons or other just cause. Classes are large enough to be comfortable but limited in size so that each student receives individual attention.


The 2018-2019 Van Metre school year is August 2018 through May 2019. New students can register by clicking the register online button below. Current students can register through the online parent portal account.




For our class schedule please call the studio at

(865) 982-8463.


Students ages 3-6 are placed in classes according to age. All others are placed in classes by the director and faculty. These placements are based on a variety of factors, which include maturity, ability, talent, and experience.



Classes begin in August and continue through May. Follow the Maryville City Schools calendar for holidays - Fall break, Thanksgiving weekend, Winter and Spring break. If Maryville City Schools are closed for snow or bad weather, the dance school will be closed and classes made-up. VMSD will be open for Monday holidays and in-service days.


Absence for illness may be made up within 30 days. Absences for other reasons may be made up at the teacher's discretion. Allowances may be arranged for extended illness. No refunds are made if the student does not attend classes or drops mid-month. Arrive on time and in proper dress. VMSD cannot be responsible for students brought too early or not picked up on time.


All visitors must have prior permission to observe the first class of the month.



Tuition is due the first day of each month, through the parent portal. To avoid a late payment fee, tuition should be paid in full by or before the first of each month. The monthly rate reflects a substantial discount over single lessons. Monthly tuition is computed on the entire year and is the same each month even if shortened by holidays. There are no refunds on tuition. If a student discontinues classes, one month's notice must be given to the teacher or office manager in writing. If payment for the year is paid in advance, there is no refund if a student discontinues.




Each student will purchase his or her own costume for the spring recital. A non-refundable down-payment is due with your October tuition. The remaining balance will be due in January to ensure that your May recital costume arrives on time. If taking more than one discipline, a down payment will be due for each costume ordered. Recitals will be held in late May in a theater.




College students may receive one-hour credit per semester by taking two class lessons a week.

Please e-mail us at with any questions.


Check your schedule through your portal




In an effort to obtain consistency and uniformity among our classes, each class has been assigned dancewear attire. Your dancer's class will be wearing the dancewear below. We recommend purchasing your dancewear from the following places:




9700 Kingston Pike, Knoxville


In Franklin Square near The Chop House





Discount Dance Supply


Use Our Teacher Referral Code: TP60232

(sizing charts on their website)


Ballet & Creative Movement:


Shoes: All ballet classes require a pink, leather ballet slipper with a split sole.


Recommendations: Capezio "Cobra" Leather Split Sole in Light Pink, style #2033c (child)


Leotard: Capezio short sleeve leotard in BLACK style #CC400c (child) or style #CC400 (adult)


Tights: Capezio Seamed Professional Mesh Transition Tights in Theatrical Pink


Style #9c (child) these are size 8-12 or

Style #9 (adult size)


OR Capezio Ultra Soft Transition Tights in Ballet Pink Style #1816c (these come in small sizes)



If your child is enrolled in the following classes, then this is the dress code:


Tap Class: Black leotard. Tan or pink tights. Tan tap shoes. If you have black tap shoes from last year, that is fine. When it is time to buy a new pair, just buy the tan color which will be needed by recital.


Hip Hop Class: Leotard of choice. Choice of tights or black or colorful fitted shorts or pants. Sneakers.


Modern Class: Leotard of choice. Choice of tights or black or colorful fitted shorts or pants. Barefoot.


Jazz Class: Shoes for Mon 5:45, Wed 5:45, Thurs 4:15, Sat 9:30, Sat 10:15:


Bloch "Neo Flex" in tan in style #S0495L (adult) or style #S0495G (child)




Any tan jazz shoe with a slight heel


Shoes for Intermediate and Advanced Jazz: (Tues 4:30 and Tues 5:30)


Body Wrappers Canvas Lyrical shoes in jazzy tan, style #620A (adult) or style #620C (child)


All Jazz Classes: Leotard of dancer's choice and either tights or black/colorful fitted shorts/pants.


Musical Theatre: Bloch "Neo Flex" shoes in black in style #S0495L (adult) or style #S0495G (child), Theatricals V-Front Boot Cut Pants in black in Style #D5107 (adult) or style #D5107c (child). Tank top or leotard of choice.


Students who do not dress appropriately for class will not be allowed to participate in class but will be permitted to observe.



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