Ballet Gloria

About Ballet Gloria/Knoxville, TN

Ballet Gloria was founded by Susan Essick McCollum in 1996, and became a 501-c-3 organization in 2000.  It was Ms. McCollum's vision to provide the Knoxville community with a company that uses dance to restore the arts to God.  Ballet Gloria provides an environment that encourages young performers as well as giving  seasoned performers an artistic outlet to restore the arts to God.  Now under the direction of Gwendolyn Johnson Delaney, the company continues to thrive as it uses it's unique form of story telling to provide artistic excellence and spread hope and encouragement throughout the southeast and beyond.

Ballet Gloria is based at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts, where company classes and rehearsals are held.  All advanced level dancers are welcome to attend the company Ballet classes on Tuesday and Thursday.


Dedicated to excellence in the art forms of dance and drama, Ballet Gloria’ seeks to educate and entertain students and audiences alike in the performing arts.

We also seek to restore the arts to God, and by so doing, enrich, encourage, and witness to both Christian and secular audiences.

Ballet Gloria is run by a volunteer board of directors. Fundraising and generous contributions from citizens, businesses, and grants are instrumental in sustaining Ballet Gloria.

Ballet Gloria is always looking for new volunteers. Visit our Contact us page if you are interested in volunteering, or call (865) 689-8525.

Make a financial contribution and help the arts in Knoxville!

Call (865) 689-8525

Ballet Gloria
2906-A Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN   37918