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A highly recognized centre for dance and theatre education, Southern Performing Arts Academy, has been serving the metro Atlanta area for over twenty five years. We are a staff of highly sought after directors and teaching staff dedicated to providing the public with the highest expertise in the world of dance. Our Academy offers a wide range of education for all levels of dance from the beginner to professional. Through our years of experience we have developed an environment that is best suited for learning the fine arts whether you are here to have fun or train for a career in the arts. Our students have the opportunity to audition and perform with our resident professional dance company, Southern Ballet Theatre.


Academy students have gone on to dance and or train with notable companies such as Disney, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Houston Ballet and has received scholarship opportunities from colleges and universities such as, Pointe Park University, Virginia School of the Arts, Butler University, and Fordham University. Our professional company, Southern Ballet Theatre is a member of Regional Dance America, which is a national association of dance companies founded in 1988 to promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States. Southern Ballet Theatre is a member in the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, which is one of the five divisions of Regional Dance America. RDA offers instruction from the top teachers in the industry, scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities.


We pride ourselves in being a highly recognized centre for dance, music, and theatre education. We have used our knowledge from the last 25 years in order to develop a specialized curriculum and studio philosophy. Our studio is built with passion for the arts as well as innovation to meet the highest of expectations. Art is an expression, an outlet, and a discovery within oneself of which can be perceived in many different ways. It is what you make of it and there is not a right or wrong answer to what one would perceive it to be. This is what makes art so special; it is a never-ending story that comes to life inside your mind. We are a studio of the performing arts and will lead you in the proper way to fine-tune your craft. We provide our students with an unforgettable and intriguing experience. Every day, we have dancers take part in our classes and programs that move them one step closer to their goals and dreams.


Southern Ballet Theatre of Georgia Inc.(SBT) is a premier dance company in the Southeast dedicated to educating, promoting and increasing appreciation of dance. Since 1991, SBT has been inspiring individuals and families through the performing arts, regardless of financial, physical or mental ability.


SBT presents critically-acclaimed theater performances, public school demonstrations, arts festivals and other community activities. In recent seasons, SBT has delighted audiences with full length ballets including Frozen: A Tale of the Ice Queen, Rapunzel, Pirates, Aladdin, and Cinderella.


SBT is one of only 19 pre-professional dance companies that have membership in the highly-respected Southeastern Regional Ballet Association of Regional Dance America (SERBA). In 2017 our dancers will represent SBT and SERBA at the Regional Dance America National Festival in Phoenix, Az. This festival, which is held every five years, brings 86 companies and 2,000 dancers together to work with world-renowned dancers and choreographers.


A 501(c) (3) non-profit, SBT is housed at Southern Performing Arts Academy in Lawrenceville, Ga.

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