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Tina Pendley Martin

School of Ballet Director


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Maryville College
  • K-12 Teacher Certification in Dance, University of Georgia
  • Master of Arts degree in Dance Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro, In Progress 2020

Professional Training:

  • Kingsport Guild of Ballet (under Karen Gibbons-Brown)
  • Tennessee Association of Dance Summer Intensives with Finus Jhung
  • Kingsport Guild of Ballet Summer Intensives with Jeremy Blanton and Joffrey Ballet staff
  • Intensives and Master classes with Edward Villella, Gelsey Kirkland, Gus Giordano, and Al Gilbert

Performance Experience:

  • Intercity Ballet Company, Johnson City, TN
  • Kingsport Guild of Ballet, Kingsport, TN
  • Chattanooga Ballet
  • Appalachian Ballet Company, Knoxville, TN
    • Honor Company, SERBA (Southeastern Regional Ballet Association)
    • Spoleto Festival Charleston, SC
    • Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, and company repertory
  • Athens Ballet Theatre, Athens, GA
    • Soloist- Les Patineurs, The Night Before Christmas, Dew Drop Fairy in Nutcracker, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Swanhilda in Coppelia

Additional Information:

  • Director, GAC School of Ballet, 2020
  • Artistic Director, GAC Dance Department Nutcracker, 2018, 2019
  • GAC Middle School Dance Teacher 2012-2020
  • School of Ballet teacher and sub, 2011-2020
  • Founding board member of DEGAS (Dance Educators of Georgia Society, Georgia Affiliate of NDEO)
  • DEGAS, Director of NHSDA (National Honor Society for Dance Arts)
  • Chapter sponsor National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NDHSA) Junior Chapter
  • 25+ years of experience teaching dance, ages 2-Adult
  • 20 years of experience creating dance curriculum, ages 2-adult
  • Guest choreographer for numerous school and community theatrical productions in the Athens and Atlanta area
  • Performer/choreographer- Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church dancers
  • Lives with her husband John, and daughters Michelle and Katherine