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Our Teaching Artists

Who We Are

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Louie Marin-Howard

Director of Outreach and Education

Louie Marin-Howard attended the University of Florida New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis; on full scholarship. He received his B.F.A. with High Honors in 2005. Louie was a scholarship student of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, and Jennifer Muller/The Works School. He has performed with Dance NOW Miami, Freddick Bratcher and Co., Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Paskal Rekoert/Flexicurve, Graham II, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD), for whom he continues to coach and teach. Louie has taught regionally, nationally and internationally; and is known for classes that explore the power, breath, speed, and passion of contemporary dance and the demands of today’s repertory. Locally, Louie has taught Masterclasses at Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts, The Baylor School, Ballet Esprit, and Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Upon moving to Chattanooga 5 years ago, Louie has made it his mission to introduce the magic of DANCE to as many children he can reach. He looks forward to developing his Teaching Artist Team and with them; taking our place in strengthening our communities.

Crystal Newson

Teaching Artist

Crystal Newson is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is currently an administrator, social media Marketer and choreographer for The Pop-Up project. Crystal has recently become a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has studied and performed with several local dance companies, including Ballet Tennessee, Center for Creative Arts, Weave Conceptual Dance Company, and The Pop up Project. During her years as a dance major at Center for Creative Arts she began to develop her love and skill in choreography. During this time she has also spent two summers where she studied with Alvin Ailey. After graduating from CCA, Ms. Newson began her work as a dance instructor/Choreographer, working with many companies in her local area such as; Project Motion, Choo Choo kids, Chattanooga Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, Lee University and D. Williams Dance Academy. Ms. Newson currently serves as a frequent guest teacher and choreographer for her alma mater, Center for Creative Arts, where she has choreographed for Project Motion Showcase and musicals such as Hair Spray. Newson started working in short films, music videos, dance concept videos and commercials, expanding her experience in her art form. After having her son, Josiah Atkinson, she grew a passion for outreach programs for the youth, working with nonprofit organizations including Dance Alive and Project Dance, and The Pop-up Project. Her passion is teaching the youth the art, the history, and the appreciation of multiple dance genres, including creative movement, Jazz and musical theatre style dance. Her goal as a teacher is to instill the same sense of dedication, motivation, and professionalism into her students that she, herself gained from her dance training.

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Ashley Tisdale

Teaching Artist

A Chattanooga native, Ashley Tisdale has loved dance since seeing her first ballet, Dracula, at the age of three.  She started her training at Ballet Tennessee under the tutelage of Barry and Anna Van Cura. Through numerous workshops and intensives, she gained additional training from various artists including Mel Tomlinson, Tome Cousin, Wes Chapmen, and Jennifer Archibald, and many others. As a dancer with The Chattanooga Ballet, she performed in works by Frank Hay, Karen Smith, Katie Kash, and Joellen Wojtowicz. Ashley has performed solo roles such as Clara in The Nutcracker, Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty, and Puck in the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also had the opportunity to perform in works by The Pop-Up Project including the film The Light We Share and their immersive show, Romeo y Julieta. As a choreographer, Ashley has created pieces for various plays with the Shakespeare Festival, as well as independent works—most notably Strange Fruit, and Violent Delights. While studying at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga where she received her M.P.A, Ashley had the chance to perform not just ensemble parts as a member of the UTC Theatre Co. in Oklahoma and Chicago, but also as a soloist in the role of Jennyanydots in Cats. Ashley has worked as an instructor with both The Chattanooga Ballet and Chattanooga Dance Theatre.  Currently, Ashley is a free-lance instructor and company member/teaching artist with The Pop Up Project."

Marah Bates

Teaching Artist

Marah grew up in Bloomington, IL and began taking ballet classes when she was 3. She continued her training in jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary and ballet throughout her childhood. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre-Dance Performance in 2016. Later that year Marah moved to Nashville to pursue dance professionally. While in Nashville she trained with Travis Cooper and Roshunda Brown, Found Movement Group, MDC Nashville and ViShun Movement. In 2018 Marah received her 200hr Yoga Certification from Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. Marah and her spouse moved to Chattanooga in the summer of 2019. She is currently a dancer and choreographer with The Pop Up Project (TPUP) and a faculty member for TPUP’s Outreach Program and Chattanooga Ballet.

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