Founded in 1960 by Marietta native Iris Hensley, The Georgia Ballet is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring the public through professional ballet performance, unparalleled dance training and meaningful community outreach. We are continuously growing to meet the needs of the community while fulfilling our reputation as an outstanding arts organization.
The School of The Georgia Ballet is one of Georgia’s most prestigious ballet institutions. Since opening, the school has been a foundation of classical ballet training, performance, and community outreach in the southeast region. Lead by School Director, Ashleyanne Hensley, students ages 3 and up receive dance education from experienced ballet professionals from around the world. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to provide a base of strong classical ballet technique with emphasis on placement, musicality, and artistry.
The School is comprised of four divisions: Primary Ballet Division, Recreational Division, Adult Open Division, and Pre-Professional Ballet Division.
Students ages 3-6 begin in the Primary Ballet Division where they learn the foundations of dance and creative movement. The Recreational Division is for students 7 through 18 looking to learn or continue their dance education in a fun and enjoyable environment without the stress of being in a pre-professional track.
Once a student reaches 10 years old they may audition to be in Pre-Professional Ballet Division. This is an accelerated program for committed dancers looking to pursue ballet seriously. Students in this division have classes 3-7 times a week based on skill level. Many of our students are accepted into elite summer programs around the world with scholarships and are recognized as top participants at regional competitions like Youth America Grand Prix.
Our Adult Open Division offers various levels of ballet classes. For more information and a schedule, visit our Adult Programs page.