Georgia Ballet Moves
Into Spacious New Quarters
The Georgia Ballet recently opened its beautiful new studios with a festive evening of cocktails, a performance by the Georgia Ballet, and an art auction.
The Ballet's state-of-the-art facility across from the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art on Atlanta Street was a generous gift from Life University and its president, Dr. Sid Williams, a longtime supporter.
"Dr. Williams is our guardian angel," Georgia Ballet Artistic Director Iris Hensley said.
The in-studio performance demonstrated the company's versatility and range of repertoire. Principal Dancer Michele Zieman-DeVos danced the wedding pas de deux from Coppelia with Janusz Mazon, who joined the company last year following an illustrious career with Germany's Hamburg Ballet.
The company performed the opening movement of Balanchine's Serenade and Hensley's version of Five Guys Named More. Company member Michelle Bourgeois performed an excerpt of her own work, and students from the Georgia Ballet's school danced a section of the Russian character ballet Makanu, as staged by Assistant to the Director Marina Levasheva.
The Georgia Ballet's new home includes four spacious studios, a costume shop, lounge areas and administrative space.
The building originally housed the First United Methodist Church of Marietta, whose high ceilings serve the dance studio perfectly. The move to the cultural heart of old Marietta complements the ballet's mission and increases the company visibility.
The Georgia Ballet includes a professional company, training company and school. The school offers classes in all skill levels of ballet for ages three to adult, and also offers classes in partnering, tap, jazz, character, acting and aerobics.
For more information on classes or upcoming products, contact The Georgia Ballet at (770) 425-0258.