About The Georgia Ballet
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.
Why Train at GAB?
The School has a diverse faculty with years of professional and teaching experience. Read our faculty bios here.
We offer a wide range and variety of classes for students whether they choose to study for recreation, or they're training to pursue professional careers. We have classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and other disciplines. Students will be evaluated and placed in a level that best fits their needs. It is important to us that your student is in a safe and positive environment. Every child has different needs and we try our hardest to accommodate to each circumstance.
Performing is an integral part of a student’s education and teaches the process of learning how to rehearse and prepare repertoire. All students will have the opportunity to perform, and will learn to develop a strong, productive and cooperative work ethic. Our students have the unique opportunity to audition for roles in The Georgia Ballet's Professional Company’s productions. There is a Spring Concert at the end of each school year for students to showcase what they've achieved.
Student Placement & Progress Reports
We understand each student is unique in their talent, physical development, maturity, discipline and strength. During the year, students are always being evaluated, and if there is ever a student who proves to be capable of progressing to the next level, they will be promoted when deemed appropriate. Promotion in the School is not a right, but a privilege that requires enormous dedication, talent, and hard work. No student should be comparing their progress to others within the School.
All classes are closed to parent viewing to maintain the students' complete attention. We do offer observation weeks twice a semester and parents are encouraged to schedule meetings with their teachers to discuss progress.
The Georgia Ballet has 5 state of the art studios each have sprung floors and durable, shock-absorbent Marley. Each studio has a mirrored wall and barres on 3 or 4 of the walls. Free parking is located on 3 sides of the building with a wheel chair access ramp to the front lobby and into the studios on the main floor. There's a spacious, comfortable lobby for parents to enjoy while their dancer is in class.
On the school section of the website, there is link to a password protected Student Portal. Each Monday it is updated with rehearsal schedules and important links for GAB families. Additionally, Monthly Newsletters are sent out to the parents to inform about upcoming events, student spotlights, and more. If something needs to be communicated outside of these means, you will be notified by email or phone call.