Student Division

Optional Disciplines

The Centre for Dance Education offers optional discipline classes for students interested in jazz, tap, contemporary, and modern.

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Contemporary - building upon the foundations of ballet and modern technique, this class will challenge dancers to expand their horizons through exploring transfer of weight, texture, floor work, and choreography skills.

Jazz is a high-energy class with roots in jazz music of the last century, but it is brought up to date with the many styles seen in popular culture today. It is an essential part of a dancer’s training.

Modern will cover the foundations of modern dance through a variety of exercises improvisations, and movement combinations that help students feel comfortable moving their bodies in new ways. Our modern instructors are experts in a number of modern techniques, including Lester Horton, José Limón, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Tap gives students an opportunity to learn tap technique while incorporating both cabaret and rhythm tap.

Students must be ages 9 and up as of September 1, 2022 to enroll in the modern and contemporary classes. For all other classes, students must be age 7 or older. All enrolled students will have the opportunity to participate in Spring Concert. Rehearsals begin in class in January 2023.

Optional Disciplines 2022-2023 Schedule

Buckhead Centre

Instructor Day Time Notes
Ashley Suta Tue 5:30-6:30p Contemporary (ages 9+)
Nardja el-Shabazz Mon 4:30-5:30p Modern Level I (Ages 9+)
Nardja el-Shabazz Mon 5:30-6:30p Modern Level II (Ages 9+)
Shannon Beshears Tue 6:30-7:30p Jazz Level I
Shannon Beshears Tue 7:30-8:30p Jazz Level II
Darby Burgess Wed 6:30-7:30p Tap I/II

Virginia-Highland Centre at Amsterdam Walk

Instructor Day Time Notes
Mia Givens Mon 7:30-8:30p Contemporary (ages 9+)
Jennifer Van Meter Tue 5:45-6:45p Modern I (ages 9+)
Jennifer Van Meter Tue 4:45-5:45p Modern II (ages 9+)
Jennifer Van Meter Thu 5:45-6:45p Jazz I
Jennifer Van Meter Thu 4:45-5:45p Jazz II
Calla Vaughn Sat 9:45-10:45a Tap I
Calla Vaughn Sat 10:45-11:45a Tap II

Enrollment Information

Current Centre families REGISTER for 22-23
New families, begin your registration here.

For In-Person appointments, email:

Buckhead Centre
4279 Roswell Road, Suite 703
Atlanta, GA 30342

Kate Gaul, Principal
kgaul@atlantaballet.com
404.303.1501

Virginia-Highland Centre at Amsterdam Walk
504 Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Nicole Adams, Principal
nadams@atlantaballet.com
404.883.2178

Registration Fee

Early (Current CDE families that register by May 1): $35
Regular (All families, May 2 - Aug 7): $50
Late (All families, Aug 8 onward): $75

Spring Concert Extra Costume Fee: $80 due October 24, 2022
*This is an add-on to the student's Spring Concert fee of $185 for ballet performance.

Annual Tuition

1-hour Optional Discipline (when added to full ballet schedule): $410/class

Payment Options:
1 Installment: $389.50 (5% discount applied)
2 Installments: $205 per installment (1st due at registration, 2nd due by January 1st)
10 Installments: $41 per installment (1st and last installments due at registration)

1-hour Optional Discipline (no ballet class): $865/Class

Payment Options:

1 Installment: $821.75 (5% discount applied; valid thru Aug. 7 only)
2 Installments: $432.50 per installment (1st due at registration, 2nd due by January 1st)
10 Installments: $86.50 per installment (1st and last installments due at registration)


Dress Code

Girls: Black Atlanta Ballet logo short-sleeve leotard (Eurotard style #1002), jazz pants/bike shorts, classic, skin tone or black tights, instructed shoes

Boys:
White Atlanta Ballet t-shirt, jazz pants or black tights, instructed shoes

Uniform leotards are exclusively available at the Atlanta Ballet Boutique. Boutiques are located in each school location. Shoes, tights, and other dance supplies are also available in the Boutique. Questions regarding the Boutique can be directed to boutique@atlantaballet.com.

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