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-Premiere Weekend- Dance Repertory Company

-Nutcracker in a NutshellFeaturing DSA alumni and dancers from DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts

-Dance Concert, "Triumphant Women" Featuring Fellowship, a piece choreographed by Shonica Gooden in residence at DSA. Firebird by Angela Harris and Anna Dunn. Conga Blue by Birda RingsatdProximity by Marci LefkoffNegro Spirituals choreographed by Helen Tamiris and restaged from the Labanotation by Bridget Roosa. 

-Senior Fine Arts Seal Solo Presentations

-Spring Ballet- Hansel & Gretel

-Senior Choreography Concert 


Tour Group or Community Performances

-Avondale Arts Alliance- ArtWalk in November

-Barnes and Noble BookFair

-St. Phillips 

-Oglethorpe University's Boar’s Head Production

-Tucker Middle School

-Columbia Middle School

-The Museum School

-Salem Middle School

-Chapel Hill Middle School

-Women’s History Assembly

-Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

-Kidz2Leaders Gala 


Field Trips

-Dance Theatre of Harlem

-Hispanic Folk Dance Festival

-Kennesaw State University Dance Concert

-Dance Canvas

-Atlanta Ballet's La Sylphide 


Special Events

-Afterschool Flamenco Classes with A Traves Flamenco and Guest Artists- Entre Flamenco 

-Afterschool Ballet and Pointe Classes 

  • Guest teacher for Pointe I and Pointe III- Angela Harris of Dance Canvas 
  • Pointe shoe fittings at Dance Fashions Warehouse 

-Weeklong residency with Shonica Gooden, in partnership with Dance Canvas, Inc. 

  • Taught vocal and dance master classes at DSA. Additional classes in the community in partnership with Dance Canvas. Choreographed "Fellowshipand performed at Dance Concert and DCSD Dance Showcase 

-Nutcracker Outreach Performance 

  • Global Village 
  • School Performance- Vanderlyn Elementary (110 students) and Arabia Mountain HS (50 students) 

-Regional High School Dance Festival in Madison, Wisconsin


-College Recruitment and Master Class- LaRoche College, Brenau University

-Second Annual DCSD Dance Showcase 



Adjunct Faculty and Guest Artists 

-Weekly Jazz Dance Instruction- Jordan Smith, Adjunct and Marci Lefkoff, Adjunct

-Weekly Modern Dance Instruction- Lonnie Davis, Adjunct

-Master Classes- Ricardo Hartley (DSA alumni, Julliard student), DeMonte Polen (DSA alumni), Morgan Burns (DSA alumni, NYU student), Yara Betancourt (DSA alumni), Charly Santagado, Ballet Institute of Atlanta, Madi Nelson, Jessica Bertram, Sarah Emery, Jasmine Gray (DSA alumni), Rian Maxwell (DSA alumni), Diamond Smith (DSA alumni), Jamal White (DSA alumni), Sarah Stokes,  Entre Flamenco Company, Joan Kall Stewart


-Julie Johnson- Guest Choreographer collaborated with dancers in DRC to create, "Women's Work," an ode to the many forms of labor that women perform - whether visible or invisible, valued or underestimated, assumed or unexpected. It draws from the dancers' own embodied memories of the women in their lives, their struggles and triumphs, from the commonplace to the extraordinary. Dancers' migrate through literal gestures, abstract forms, and African Diaspora movement aesthetics to celebrate traditions, challenge stereotypes, and the embrace complexities of women's working bodies. Through this collaborative choreography, dancers amplify the ways in which the work of everyday women forge paths and lead the way for us all. 



-Dance Canvas 

-A Traves Flamenco Arts 

-Oglethorpe University 

-Columbia Senior Residencies at Forest Hills  

Sponsorships and Donations 

-PTSA- Funding for weekly Modern Dance Instruction  

-Paul Mitchell, the McConnell Family, and Sawnee Ballet Theatre for Nutcracker in a Nutshell 

-DSA Foundation- Funding for weekly Modern Dance Instruction

-Nutcracker performances at the Barnes & Noble BookFair    

Mr. Dean Williams
Director of Dance
Mr. Williams has performed, taught and choreographed professionally in Atlanta since 1987. He received his BA in dance from the University of Iowa and moved to Atlanta to join Carl Ratcliff Dance Theatre. Additionally, he has danced with the Atlanta Ballet, The Atlanta Opera, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was Resident Choreographer and Assistant Director for Capital City Ballet from 1997-2000. He a founding member of GardenHouse Dance Company and most also danced with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater. His professional choreography credits include Faust and Aida for the Atlanta Opera, “Symphony Street” with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ballets for Gainesville Ballet, Augusta Dance Theatre, Cartersville City Ballet, Capital City Ballet and The University of Georgia Ballet Ensemble. He has choreographed over 40 works and provided choreography for 20 plays and musicals. He is in his 19th year as an instructor and 16th year as dance department chairperson at DeKalb School of the Arts where he has provided choreography for Dance Repertory Company, HighLeit (DSA’s Showchoir) and Drama Ensemble. Since 2001 Mr. Williams has choreographed all of the musicals for DSA and in addition directed Seussical; The Musical in 2006 and The Pajama Game in 2009. 
Ms. Anna Dunn, RAD RTS
Ballet Mistress

Anna Dunn has worked as the DeKalb School of the Arts’ Ballet Mistress since 2006. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Dunn directs the school’s annual Nutcracker in a Nutshell and the Spring Ballet. She also serves the school as the Community Arts Liaison connecting DSA with opportunities in the broader community and working with students and staff to advocate for the arts.

Ms. Dunn received her Master’s in Arts Administration in 2014 from Goucher College and her Bachelor’s in Dance Education in 2005 from Winthrop University. She is proud to be a certified teacher with the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. 

In addition to teaching at DSA, she is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Dance Canvas, connecting the public and private schools in Metro Atlanta with dance curriculum to resources in the community.  Ms. Dunn is the founding president of the Dance Educators of GA Society, Inc.   



 Lonnie Davis, Modern Dance

 Mr. Davis received his training at the Ohio University and while on scholarship at the American Dance Festival and the Ailey School.   Davis has spent the last 12years teaching jazz and modern technique at Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts (CCEPA) at Pebblebrook HS.  Currently he is on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and DeKalb School of the Arts.  Lonnie is a highly sought after guest instructor and choreographer; teaching all over the U.S. and abroad.  Some engagements include: International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Alabama Dance Festival, Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Melbourne Australia, Atlanta’s Dance Canvas, The Landing Dance Centre-Vancouver BC, Georgia Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, Dance ALIVE National Ballet, University Missouri KC, Brenau University, Ohio University, Project Dance NYC-ATL, Alabama State University, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, Refuge Dance Company and Georgia’s Governors Honors Program.  Lonnie recently had the pleasure of creating a new work for Kansas City based-Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company and The Georgia Ballet.  Lonnie also, traveled to Leeds UK where he was invited as a guest instructor for England’s premiere contemporary dance company-Phoenix Dance Theatre. 
As a performer Lonnie has danced and trained with Dayton Contemporary Dance Co, Gus Giordano Dance Chicago, Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Royal Caribbean Productions to name a few.  Mr. Davis has danced works by several notable choreographers including: Gus Giordano, Margo Sappington, James Truitte, Rod Rodgers; Kevin Iega Jeff, Sean Curran, Talley Beatty, Leni Wylliams and Lester Horton. 
Mr Davis recently returned to the stage in a reconstruction (from labanotation) of the Lester Horton masterwork, “The Beloved”.  He also, recently, completed beginner through advanced Horton Pedagogy teachers training at the Ailey School.  
Angela Harris, Ballet and Pointe
Marci Lefkoff, Jazz Dance
Jordan Smith, Jazz Dance
Jordan Keyon Smith is a teacher, choreographer and triple threat performer who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Dancentre South Company in Woodstock, Georgia and is also on staff at Dekalb School of the Arts, a premier performing arts magnet school. He has been a favorite on the staff of Spark Summer Dance Intensive, Joel Ruminer’s Dance Camps, Jazz On Tap(the Metro Atlanta Jazz and Tap Dance Festival) and the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Jordan also judges nationally for Platinum National Dance Competition. As a guest artist, Mr. Smith has performed and choreographed for Dancentre South Company, Owensboro Dance Theatre, Sawnee Ballet Theatre and First Floor Tanz in Hagen, Germany. Most recently, he has performed in Atlanta Lyric Theatre's productions of A Chorus Line and Peter Pan. He also worked with Emmy Award winning choreographer, Tyce Diorio, when featured on Lifetime's hit TV show, "Drop Dead Diva". Jordan's latest choreographic work, "Ever Evolving", was recently selected for Dance Canvas' 2017 Choreographer Career Development Initiative and premiered in Dance Canvas' "Introducing the Next..." at The Ferst Center for the Arts. His work has also been showcased at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine, and been awarded "Best Choreography" by both Platinum National Dance Competition and Panoply Festival of the Arts Choreography Competition. 


 DeKalb School of the Arts
Dance Department 
1192 Clarendon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30002

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