The School

The Director of Atlanta Festival Ballet School, Keila Harvey, would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate our 27th season. Our ballet program was established to provide the highest level of training to all students who strive for both physical development and personal growth through the discipline and joy of dance.

Our goal is to educate our students through knowledge and experience so that they may realize their potential not only as dancers but also as human beings. The faculty and staff at Atlanta Festival Ballet are dedicated to helping our students develop technical skills, respect for themselves and others along with fundamental appreciation for their art form.

We are pleased that students from our school have been accepted to ballet programs with American Ballet Theatre, Hartford Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet. Our students have been the recipients of scholarships to Boston Ballet, The school of American Ballet, The Rock School, Southern Methodist University and many other prestigious classical ballet training schools and companies. 

Philosophy

We believe the study of dance provides students with:

  • A greater sense of the body and hot to utilize it moving through space.
  • The discipline required to diligently attend classes of intense work and concentrated practice.
  • Self-confidence needed in all walks of life.
  • Grace, elegance and poise to those who commit to the study of this art form.
  • Exposure to various musical forms – classical, contemporary, and jazz.
  • The joy of participating in a very special art form.

The spirit of the dancer dwells within each of us. Through proper training, each student has the opportunity to develop this spirit, regardless of its magnitude.

Faculty

Mrs. Keila Harvey has over 30 years of dance experience in all forms of dance and 14 years of teaching various dance forms. She opened the Gift of Dance Studio doors in June of 2005, fulfilling her dream that she had since childhood: to own her own dance school. At the same time, Mrs. Harvey inherited Basic Dance Supply from her mother after an untimely passing. In 2001, Mrs. Harvey received her BA in middle school education. She served as the leader of 7th Day Evangelism Dance Ministry with the Fishers of Men Outreach Ministry at New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia. Mrs. Harvey taught public school for nine years as a Clayton County Public School teacher (middle and high schools) and also received her certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach PS/Dance in grades K-12. She was the Co-Director of the Mt. Zion High School Dance Academy and Mt. Zion Magnet High School in Jonesboro for four years. She also danced as a professional ballerina across the nation with Atlanta Festival Ballet. Mrs. Harvey has trained at some of the most prestigious dance institutions in the country, including Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, the Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic Academy for Dance Education, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) and the Governor’s Honors Program.

As director of Gift of Dance Studio, Mrs. Harvey, her staff, and summer camp students were featured on MTV’s Made program. Under her tutelage, her trainees have achieved many honors, such as local talent shows, regional and national competition winners, Governor’s Honors Program nominees and attendees, and impressive accomplishments on the hit TV show: So You Think You Can Dance. Mrs. Harvey continues to teach and choreograph classes at Gift of Dance along with the competition team also. In fact, in the fall of 2012, she and her competition team were selected to compete and perform at the 2012 Scream Tour.

Ms. Buchanan has lent her managerial expertise to Atlanta Festival Ballet in various positions of leadership since 1996. She has been an advisor to the directors and has initiated many wonderful programs available throughout the school and company. Her responsibilities include student placement, evaluations and directing rehearsals.

Ms. Buchanan received her training from Pamelia Meadows in Arizona and Maria Vegh of Marin Ballet in California. She worked closely with Sally Streets from Berkley Ballet Theatre, and the noted ballerina Marina Eglevsky. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University. Performing experience includes dancing with the Martha Graham Company and with the Murray Lois Company.

She has performed professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet since 1994. Some of her most memorable roles include performing in Artistic Director Nicolas Pacaña’s original works such asSummer’s Eve, Woman of Crystals and Hold On; and in Artistic Director Gregory Aaron’s Alice in Wonderland and Bella Amore. She is well known for her interpretations of Arabian in Atlanta Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.

Jennifer is originally from Upstate New York and began her training with Warwick Ballet Theatre under the direction of Lucinda Henry. She has studied with The Eglevsky Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and The American Academy of Ballet. In 2002, she received the Silvio Petturici Performing Arts Scholarship Award. Jennifer graduated cum laude from The University of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Dance Education. Her dance education includes Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, and kinesiology. Jennifer was a TA at The University of the Arts for Dance History and Anatomy, and taught for Philadelphia’s prestigious CAPA performing arts high school. Jennifer moved to Atlanta after graduating and she has been a company member of Atlanta Festival Ballet Company since 2006. She has danced several soloist roles for AFB such as the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Michael in Peter Pan, Araiadne in The Little Mermaid, Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Dew Drop and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Odile in Swan Lake. Jennifer has also choreographed musicals such as “Fame” “Knuffle Bunny” and “Music Man Jr” for the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. In addition to teaching, Jennifer is the Office Manger for Atlanta Festival Ballet’s School.

 

Elizabeth is from Cheverly, Maryland where she began her training at the National Ballet School under the direction of Helen and Pamela Moore.There she trained in the Cecchetti method taking exams through the advanced level. She later studied at Mercyhurst College where she graduated in 2010 with a BA in Dance. There she trained under the direction of Tauna Hunter and had the opportunity to perform in ballets such as Coppelia, Giselle, and many original works choreographed by students and faculty.

Christy began her training at age 7 at Atlanta Festival Ballet under the direction of Nicolas Pacaña, Gregory Aaron, and Jocelyn Buchanan. She has enjoyed dancing with AFB in many productions such as The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, and Twas the Night Before Halloween (choreographed by Jay Jernigan). Christy has recently opened up her own dancewear store located in McDonough, GA.

What We Offer

Once accepted  into the Ballet Intensive Division, the student and his/her parents must abide by the regimen and course of classes, rehearsals, and performances set out by the directors.  Within the seven levels of study, students acquire an understanding of ballet terminology, build dance technique and develop artistic skills in a program of intensive class work.  Placement in Ballet Intensive Division is by invitation only.

Ballet I Division
Ballet I, Ballet II, Beginning Ballet III

Students in the Ballet I Division, 6 years of age and older, attend a minimum of two classes per week.  Emphasis is placed on fundamental ballet movements and developing creative movement.  Students placed the Ballet II and Beginning Ballet III levels will receive instruction two – three days per week.

Trainee Division
Ballet III, Trainee I, Trainee II

Students in the Trainee Division, typically 8 years of age and older, attend classes in ballet technique and pointe (or for pointe novices, preparatory pointe).  The instruction will focus on precise technique, body alignment, muscular control, and fluidity of movement.

Pre-Professional Division

The Pre-Professional Division is programmed to meet the needs of the accomplished dance student. Students are scheduled for classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, and pas de deux. Pre-Professional Division students meet for classes 4 or 5 days per week, with rehearsals for 2 hours in the evenings and are required to attend all Atlanta Festival Ballet Company professional rehearsals.

The Ballet Intensive Division students are given the privilege of performing alongside Atlanta Festival Ballet Company professionals in each of the two full-length ballets and two repertory shows produced by Atlanta Festival Ballet Company during the year.

Our performance of The Nutcracker has been tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

Clayton Performing Arts Center:

  • 12/01/2016: Tech and Rehearsal
  • 12/02/2016: School Performance
  • 12/03/2016: Matinee Performance

No dates have been approved by Clayton Performing Arts Center. Site will be updated when approval is provided.

Our Spring Performance (March 11-12, 2017) has been tentatively scheduled for:
Henry County Performing Arts Center:

  • 03/11/2017: Tech and Evening Performance
  • 03/12/2017 Matinee Performance

Our Spring Gala performance has been tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

Henry County Performing Arts Center:

  • Tuesday May 30, 2017

No dates have been approved by Henry County Performing Arts Center. Site will be updated when approval is provided.

Ballet Program

Registation Fee:

$25.00 first student ($15 – each additional student – immediate family members only)

  • Fees are based upon 36 guaranteed weeks of instruction. In fact, the actual number of classes over the year is greater than 36 to allow for emergency cancellations. Should one class meet less than 36 times due to bad weather, etc, make-up classes will be scheduled.
  • There are 3 payment options:
    • Ten monthly automatic payments (Auto-Debit Only – Payments are August through May)
    • Two Semester Payments (August and January Payments)
    • Payment in Full (5% Discount)
  • Any account with a returned check or ACH transaction will be charged a $25 penalty.
  • All payments must be made on the 1st of the month due, any account not paid by the 15th of the month will be charged a $25 late fee each $15 days in arrears.
  • Any account 30 days past due will result in the student being suspended from class until the account is made current.

Costume/Recital Fees:
(Costume/production fees are due at the time of registration – for multiple classes first costume full price, next costume $10.00 off)

  • 3 – 6 Year Olds – $200.00
  • 7 – 9 Year Olds – $200.00
  • 10 and Up – $200.00
Annual Tuition Fees

(The annual tuition fees DO NOT include the registration or costume fees)

Ballet I
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,121.00 2 Payments of $590.00 10 Payments of $117.00
Ballet II
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,235.00 2 Payments of $650.00 10 Payments of $130.00
Ballet III
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,682.00 2 Payments of $885.00 10 Payments of $177.00
Ballet IV
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,710.00 2 Payments of $900.00 10 Payments of $180.00
Trainee I & II
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,995.00 2 Payments of $1,050.00 10 Payments of $210.00
Pre-Professional
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$1,995.00 2 Payments of $1,050.00 10 Payments of $210.00
  • 10% discount for referrals.
  • 5% discount of equal or lesser tuition per additional enrolled family member.
  • 20% discount maximum for any account.
  • Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the school must submit their decision in writing 60 days in advance.
  • Number of payments and amount of payments will be adjusted when the student begins after the August 18th week.

Our philosophy at Atlanta Festival Ballet School is to educate dancers of all ages in the art and technical movements of classical ballet. Under the direction of Gregory Aaron, Nicolas Pacaña, and Jocelyn Buchanan, the faculty at Atlanta Festival Ballet strives to encourage both the personal and physical development of each student through the discipline and joy of dance.

Students will find excitement and challenge as Mr. Aaron expresses his distinctive choreography in each class he teaches. Mr. Pacaña, a master in the artistic, technical and interpretive aspects of ballet, ensures only the highest level of training to each student. Members of our student body have been accepted into, received scholarships from, and have gone on to perform with such renowned ballet companies as Houston Ballet, Hartford Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, The Rock School and Southern Methodist University.

The Summer Intensive Dance Series for the serious dancer represents the spirit of our training goals. Students are exposed to a dynamic and varied curriculum of classical ballet, modern dance, and jazz techniques.

Our students will sharpen technical and artistic abilities, develop and deepen their appreciation for dance and experience the excitement of an exhilarating dance program.

Auditions

A Master Class, taught by one of Atlanta Festival Ballet Company’s staff, will be held at a studio in your area. For more information contact your school director or call our office at 770 507 2775.

NOTE: All dancers must provide a letter of recommendation from their teacher and a picture in 1st arabesque. Pointe dancers must also provide a picture in 2nd position en Pointe.

Level Hours Dates
B1 M-F 9:00 – 10:30 AM June 20 – July 1
B2 M-F 9:00 – 11:00 AM June 20 – July 1
B3 M-F 9:00 – 1:30 PM June 20 – July 1
B4 M-F 11:00 – 6:00 PM June 20 – July 1
Trainee 1/2/PrePro M-F 11:00 – 6:00 PM June 20 – July 1

There will be an end of summer performance on July 1st in the early evening.

Atlanta Festival Ballet School’s Open Division is designed for the student who wishes to participate in dance class for physical activity and dance appreciation.  The Open School Division includes pre-ballet for ages 3-4; combination ballet and tap and/or jazz classes for students ages 5-9; ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes for ages 14-adult.  Each student will be placed in the appropriate class for his/her level of training as determined by the Directors and the student’s teacher.

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Here are the classes we offer

Our Classes
Important Dates:
  • 08/08/2016 Classes Start
  • 09/05/2016 No Classes: Labor Day Holiday
  • 11/14/2016 Parent Watch Week 1 Begins
  • 11/19/2016 Parent Watch Week 1 Ends
  • 11/23/2016 No Classes: Thanksgiving Break Begins
  • 11/28/2016 Classes Resume: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/19/2016 No Classes: Christmas Break
  • 01/02/2017 Classes Resume: Christmas Break
  • 04/03/2017 No Classes: Spring Break
  • 04/10/2017 Classes Resume: Spring Break
  • 03/27/2017 Parent Watch Week 2 Begins
  • 04/02/2017 Parent Watch Week 2 Ends
  • 05/29/2017 No Classes: Memorial Day
Spring Gala

The talents and accomplishments of students enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year are showcased during a Spring Gala performance, tentatively scheduled for June at the Henry County Performing Arts Center. Family and Friends are welcome to attend. Tickets are $10.00.

Our Spring Gala performance has been tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 2017

or

  • June 2017

These dates are not approved by the Henry County Performing Arts Center. Site will be updated when approal is provided.

The Ballet Intensive Division students are given the privilege of performing alongside Atlanta Festival Ballet Company professionals in each of the two full-length ballets and two repertory shows produced by Atlanta Festival Ballet Company during the year.

Our performance of The Nutcracker has been tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

Clayton Performing Arts Center:

  • 12/01/2016: Tech and Rehearsal
  • 12/02/2016: School Performance
  • 12/03/2016: Matinee Performance

No dates have been approved by Clayton Performing Arts Center. Site will be updated when approval is provided.

Henry County Performing Arts Center:

  • 12/10/2016: Tech and Evening Performance
  • 12/11/2016: Matinee Performance
  • 12/12/2016: School Shows

or

  • 12/17/2016: Tech and Evening Show
  • 12/18/2016: Matinee Performance
  • 12/19/2016: School Performance

Our Spring Performance (TBD) has been tentatively scheduled for:
Henry County Performing Arts Center:

  • 03/2017: Tech and Evening Performance
  • 03/2017 Matinee Performance
  • 03/2017: School Shows

or

  • 04/2017: Tech and Evening Show
  • 04/2017: Matinee Performance
  • 04/2017: School Performance

Our Spring Gala performance has been tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 2017
  • June 2017

No dates have been approved by Henry County Performing Arts Center. Site will be updated when approval is provided.

Ballet Program

Registation Fee:

$25.00 first student ($15 – each additional student – immediate family members only)

  • Fees are based upon 36 guaranteed weeks of instruction. In fact, the actual number of classes over the year is greater than 36 to allow for emergency cancellations. Should one class meet less than 36 times due to bad weather, etc, make-up classes will be scheduled.
  • There are 3 payment options:
    • Ten monthly automatic payments (Auto-Debit Only – Payments are August through May)
    • Two Semester Payments (August and January Payments)
    • Payment in Full (5% Discount)
  • Any account with a returned check or ACH transaction will be charged a $25 penalty.
  • All payments must be made on the 1st of the month due, any account not paid by the 15th of the month will be charged a $25 late fee each $15 days in arrears.
  • Any account 30 days past due will result in the student being suspended from class until the account is made current.

Costume/Recital Fees:
(Costume/production fees are due at the time of registration – for multiple classes first costume full price, next costume $10.00 off)

  • 3 – 6 Year Olds – $200.00
  • 7 – 9 Year Olds – $200.00
  • 10 and Up – $200.00
Annual Tuition Fees

(The annual tuition fees DO NOT include the registration or costume fees)

45 Minute Open School Classes
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$475.00 2 Payments of $250.00 10 Payments of $50.00
1 Hour Open School Classes
Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$570.00 2 Payments of $300.00 10 Payments of $60.00

 

1.5 Hours Open School Classes

Annual Payment Semester Payments 10 Monthly Payments
$713.00 2 Payments of $375.00 10 Payments of $75.00
  • 10% discount for referrals.
  • 5% discount of equal or lesser tuition per additional enrolled family member.
  • 20% discount maximum for any account.
  • Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the school must submit their decision in writing 60 days in advance.
  • Number of payments and amount of payments will be adjusted when the student begins after the August 18th week.

Atlanta Festival Ballet School’s Open Division is designed for the student who wishes to participate in dance class for physical activity and dance appreciation.  The Open School Division includes pre-ballet for ages 3-6; combination ballet and tap and/or jazz classes for students ages 7-14; ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes for ages 14-adult.  Each student will be placed in the appropriate class for his/her level of training as determined by the directors and the student’s teacher.

2016 Summer Session Open School

Download 2016 Summer Open School Registration Packet

Session 1 – June 21 – 30, 2016:

Classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Time Cost Class Description
5:30 – 6:15 PM $50 Ages 3-4: Ballet & Tap
6:15 – 7:15 PM $60 Ages 5-6: Ballet & Tap
7:15 – 8:15 PM $60 Ages 7-12: Ballet & Jazz
Session 2 – July 2016 (TBD):

Classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Time Cost Class Description
5:30 – 6:15 PM $50 Ages 3-4: Ballet & Tap
6:15 – 7:15 PM $60 Ages 5-6: Ballet & Tap
7:15 – 8:15 PM $60 Ages 7-12: Ballet & Jazz
  • There is a $25 registration fee.
  • All registrations must be received by June 6, 2016.
  • All payments must be received by June 6, 2016.
  • All withdrawals must be received, in writing, prior to June 6, 2016.
  • No refunds after June 6, 2016.

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Call 770-507-2775 TO REGISTER
Register by June 6, 2016

BALLERINA PRINCESS DAY CAMP

(Ages 3 – 6)

Come join us as we spend he day learning basic ballet technique and movement. In addition students will have fun with ballerina princess related arts and crafts such as making their very own princess tiaras, playing dress up, listening to or watching fairy tale stories, and much, much more!

Camp #1 June 13 – 17, 2016 and Camp #2 July 11 – 15, 2016:

Time Cost Class Description
9:00 – 5:00 PM $175 Full Day Camp Option
9:00 – 1:00 PM $100 1/2 Day Camp Option
SUGAR & SPICE DAY CAMP

(Ages 6 – 9)

This camp will incorporate dance, drama, and music. Musical Theater workshops will be featured as well as Tea Parties and Spa Parties.

Camp #1 June 13 – 17, 2016 and Camp #2 July 11 – 15, 2016:

Time Cost Class Description
9:00 – 5:00 PM $175 Full Day Camp Option
9:00 – 1:00 PM $100 1/2 Day Camp Option
PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING

Participants will need to bring sack lunches every day (full and 1/2 day participants.) Snacks will be provided. Attire should be comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, with hair pulled back off the face.

Ballerina Princess Camp participants should bring a ballet bag containing a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes.

TUITION INFORMATION
PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO:Atlanta Festival Ballet School
(Please include the camper’s name on the check)

Full Day: $175
Half Day: $100

* Plus a $25 Registration Fee

  • All registrations must be received one week before camp starts.
  • All payments must be received at time of registration.
  • All withdrawals must be received, in writing, prior to two days before start of camp.
  • No refunds after start of camp.
About Us

Atlanta Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by choreographer Gregory Aaron and internationally renowned danseur Nicolas Pacaña. It is the only professional ballet company in Atlanta’s Southern Crescent.

Contact Us

416 Eagles Landing Parkway
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281

atlantafestivalballet@outlook.com

Phone: 770 507 2775

Fax: 770 507 9182