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About

PASSION IN MOTION

Serving Johns Creek and the Greater Atlanta area, North Atlanta Dance Academy has been one of Georgia’s finest dance schools for over twenty years, featuring quality dance instruction in classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, character and now musical theater

North Atlanta Dance Academy (NADA) was founded in 1997 by Michael and Kitty Garrison. Dedicated to top quality dance training, NADA is providing comprehensive training to students beginning age three through pre-professional. Whether a casual student or a dedicated pre-professional, all who study at NADA receive proper skills in ballet technique, pointe, character, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theater.

LOCATION AND FACILITIES

We are located in Johns Creek, Georgia at Morton and State Bridge Roads close to many Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools.  Our new 17,000 square-foot facility features six very spacious studios with observation windows and state of the art dance floors! We also feature an ample waiting area, retail store and study hall.

770-772-8000

10700 State Bridge Road Johns Creek 30022

northatlantad658@bellsouth.net

PHILOSOPHY

Classical ballet is the main focus of our program. A strong classical foundation is essential for the dancer to excel. The philosophy behind our program is also based on the dancer’s need for versatility.  Professional companies, which were considered strictly classically oriented, now maintain contemporary repertoires.  Predominantly jazz or Broadway dancers must have good ballet technique.  Modern companies seek dancers with strong classical foundations. Talented artists with solid classical and contemporary foundations possess a much higher probability of success. We at North Atlanta Dance Academy are dedicated to providing our students the finest instruction available!

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ATLANTA DANCE ACADEMY?

Proven Quality! Proven Results are the hallmark of a great ballet school! Master teachers provide our students with the finest training available! Whether a casual student enjoying the open school or our accelerated, pre-professional program, our students learn the proper approach to each dance form. Serious NADA students have consistently gained unparalleled recognition when they have auditioned for and participated in outside summer and pre-professional programs! Over the past twenty years North Atlanta Dance Academy students have been accepted and excelled in prestigious programs, such as, the Kirov School in Washington, D.C., School of American Ballet, in New York (School of the New York City Ballet), Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey Fordham Universtiy, in New York, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston Salem, Harid Conservatory, in Boca Raton Florida, Pacific Northwest Ballet, in Seattle Washington, North Carolina Dance Theater Apprentice Program, Charlotte N.C., Atlanta Ballet and others.

Many NADA student have gone on to enjoy professional careers!

770-772-8000

northatlantad658@bellsouth.net

NORTH ATLANTA DANCE THEATRE

North Atlanta Dance Academy’s performing company, North Atlanta Dance Theatre, provides our students extensive performing opportunities! NADA students perform side by side with professional performers in our annual Nutcracker and Spring repertory productions. This experience in tandem with their daily training, provides our students with the confidence needed to meet the challenges of a top college program or programs affiliated with a professional company! (See our gallery page)

770-772-8000

northatlantad658@bellsouth.net

FACULTY

MICHAEL GARRISON

Co-Founder / President / Artistic Director

KITTY GARRISON

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Secretary, Treasurer

TATIANA MAKAROVA

Ballet / Character / Pointe

SUSAN DAVERN

Pre-Ballet / Modern

STACEY SLICHTER

Ballet / Pointe / Variations

RIKKI SMITH

Pre-Ballet / Tap

Mark Burns

Ballet / Contemporary

PETER POWLUS

Tap / Jazz

GENESIS BEASLEY

Musical Theater – Music / Voice / Drama

GRADUATES

WHITNEY EDWARDS

2001 – 2003

NATALIE MCCHESNEY

2004 – 2010

CACI PRITCHETT

2005 – 2011

ALUMNI

RACHEL SHERAK

1998 – 2002

CAITLIN CHRISTOPHER

1998 – 2004

HANNAH WOOD

1998 – 2008

DEANNA WIESE

2002 – 2008

TYLER SANDBORN

1999 – 2005

GINNY COLEMAN

1998 – 2003