Leadership and Faculty

Gennadi Nedvigin

Artistic Director

Gennadi Nedvigin was born in Rostov, Russia and began his initial training at the age of five. At 10 years old, Nedvigin was accepted into Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, the young dancer joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist, before he was invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the United States, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Gennadi a soloist contract. Later that year, Nedvigin joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin was a winner of the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999) and received two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001 & 2010). Over the years, Nedvigin has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous highly esteemed ballet schools in the United States. Nedvigin has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in many gala performances, tours, and festivals across the globe. During his time at San Francisco Ballet, Nedvigin served as ballet master for a number of works of Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from other works such as Bells, Diving into the Lilacs, and Carmen. He also staged Classical Symphony at Tulsa Ballet, Romanian National Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Nedvigin claims that his experience setting the work at Atlanta Ballet during the 2015 Season inspired him to apply for the directorship position when it later became available. In February 2016, Nedvigin was appointed as the fourth artistic director of Atlanta Ballet in the company’s history. In June, he represented Atlanta Ballet as a member of the jury at The World Ballet Competition 10th Anniversary Finals in Orlando, Florida, marking his official transition from elite performer to artistic director. Click here for a full biography.


Sharon Story

Dean of Centre for Dance Education

Dean Story is currently in her 22nd season with Atlanta Ballet. She joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years, including tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and ten years with Boston Ballet. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, John McFall’s vision and mentorship brought Sharon to her current position as dean of the Centre for Dance Education, which has rapidly grown to one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for great accomplishments in its programs and community initiatives. Under Sharon’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors for NASD and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. Sharon received the 2015 Women Making a Mark award from Atlanta Magazine. She is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community needs, is innovative, and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet. She is very proud of the dancers who have studied at the Centre for Dance Education and continue to share their experiences on stage in the Atlanta Ballet company and around the globe. She thanks her family for all their love and support during her career.


Centre Faculty


Led by Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin and Dean Sharon Story, the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education features a team of over 40 professional instructors at our Midtown, Buckhead, and Powers Ferry studios. The Centre's instructors are dedicated to providing a nurturing experience in the art of dance that will aid in the physical, intellectual and spiritual development of students at all levels. Our instructors are among the best in Atlanta including current and former members of Atlanta Ballet and other professional dance companies around the world. For a complete list of faculty, please contact the Centre.


Centre Education Associates: Dixie Boston, Jasmine Carter, Elizabeth Jane Guilbert, Ann Heard, Kelly Anne Hynek, Laura VanKouwenberg



Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Sterling Baker-McClary, Ansilla Bearden, Taylor Benion, Shirley Bennett, Britt Brown, Serena Chu, Harmony Clair, Kelly Cooper, Lonnie Davis, Rebekah Diaddigo, Hillary Drawe, Vershion Funderburk, Pedro Gamino, Ashley Gibson, Giselle Gilmore, Nell Heflin Goza, Nathan Griswold, Alera Harrison, Nathan Hites, Aaron James, Michelle Jericevich, Jelani Jones, Caroline Kraehe, Armando Luna, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Rosemary Miles, Anna Penny, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Chantia Robinson, Diane Sales, Roscoe Sales, Carol Szkutek, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Calla Vaughn, Alexis Whitehead-Polk


Gretel Rodriguez, Company Pianist
Alan Brown, Elizabeth Grimes, Aleksandra Korshunova, Greg Matteson, Ronnie Ray, Yulia Rice, Chie Smith, Kyla Zollitsch​






Gennadi Nedvigin; photo by Charlie McCullers. Sharon Story; photo by Kim Kenney.