East Chattanooga youth interested in taking weekly hip hop and majorette dance classes can now enroll in the Zy’Mori Studio of Entertainment and Performing Art at their new location in the neighborhood: 2513 N Chamberlain Ave.
Glass House Collective is excited to offer our space in support of Zy’Mori founder, Van Nessa Jackson, so she can continue to bring her talents and mentorship to more kids and families in East Chattanooga.
Many have already seen the Zy’Mori Studio dance students perform in the neighborhood for the past five years on the Glass Street LIVE! stage, a highlight of the annual block party. That is why it is especially sweet to welcome Van Nessa back to Glass Street as her Zy’Mori Studio moves into their new home here.
Jackson says she’s had a great time showcasing student dancers on the GSL stage and is excited to now be offering classes to the community where she and her students have been performing for 5 years. She also hopes the Zy’Mori Studio of Entertainment and Performing Art provides another open door to the arts for the community.
New classes begin March 5 for adult fitness and March 7th for girls dance. March enrollment will take place during class time. Adult fitness classes are $10 each, and girls dance classes are $25 a month for 4 weekly classes. Sliding scale, donations and payment plans are all available if needed. There is no experience necessary and no auditions.
Sometimes kids don’t think they know how to dance so the thought of auditioning can be a deal breaker when it comes to trying something new. Van Nessa says that is one reason there are no auditions for classes at the studio. “If they think they can’t dance then we will teach your child how to move and build their confidence. Believe me, they can dance and they can perform. We start by building courage within themselves. This is our message thru the arts.”
The other reasons kids will never audition for a dance class at Zy’Mori is because if they show up they’ve already passed the courage test. The Zy’Mori way is about coming at life with the self-disciplines learned in the arts. Empowering kids with the knowledge and know how to take on a challenge and persevere is an outcome Van Nessa said she hopes to see in every student. “We’re using the arts as a way for a child to discover they can build their own strength of mind, they have a place to come to, return to, for the needed encouragement along the way, and ultimately teaching a few life moves that help kids know themselves,” she said.
Zy’Mori Studios of Entertainment & Performing Art
Thursday Night Hiphop and Majorette Classes for Girls ages 4-17
$25 per month or donation. Payment plans available.
Parent Volunteer Hours: 4-5 hours per month.
Tuesday Night Fitness Class For Adults
Group sessions are $10/class or $25 for private sessions