Leadership and Faculty
Born in Rostov, Russia, Gennadi Nedvigin began his training at age 5. At 10, Nedvigin was accepted into Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, he 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 Nedvigin a soloist contract. Later that year, he joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 & 2017). Over the years, he has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous ballet schools in the United States. Exposing his excellence to audiences worldwide, Nedvigin has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in gala performances, tours and festivals across the globe. While at San Francisco Ballet, he served as ballet master for several works by Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from 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 became the fourth artistic director of Atlanta Ballet in the company’s then 87-year history. In June 2016, 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.
Dean of Centre for Dance Education
Sharon Story joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years and included tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and ten years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of the Centre for Dance Education (CDE), which has rapidly grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the CDE achieved accreditation with National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). ). She serves as president of the board of directors for NASD and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. Story received the 2015 Women Making a Mark award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the ArtsATL Legacy Series in 2018. She is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community's 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 onstage in the Atlanta Ballet company and around the world. She thanks her family for all their love and support during her career.
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.
- Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director
- Sharon Story, Dean/Ballet Master
- Kelly Cooper, Centre Administrative Director
- Diane Caroll Sales, Community Partnerships Manager
- Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal
- Nicole Adams, Virginia-Highland Centre Principal
- Ansilla Bearden, Satellite Manager
- Kaitlyn Wesche, Centre Programs Coordinator
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, Erika Evans, 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 Caroll Sales, Roscoe Sales, Carol Szkutek, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Calla Vaughn, Alexis Whitehead-Polk
Gretel Rodriguez, Company Pianist
Elizabeth Grimes, Aleksandra Korshunova, Greg Matteson, Ronnie Ray, Yulia Rice, Chie Smith, Kyla Zollitsch