Gabrielle Gambino is currently a professional freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up and trained in New Orleans, Louisiana under Marjorie Hardwick and Gregory Schramel at the Schramel Conservatory of Dance/New Orleans Ballet Theatre. From there, Gabrielle began training and performing with the Atlanta Ballet under the director of John McFall. She performed in several noteworthy works such as The Big Boi Collaboration choreographed by Lauri Stallings, Serenade set by Robert Barnett, and John McFall's The Nutcracker. While dancing at Atlanta Ballet she choreographed multiple pieces on the second company and the Atlanta Ballet's Centre for Dance Education. She went on to work as a company member with Dance Theatre of Tennessee where she performed several soloist and principal roles such as the title role in Tom Pazik's Cinderella, Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Micaela in Carmen as well as in original works from Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ma Cong, and Ron de Jesus. Additionally, Gabrielle choreographed several works for both DTT's professional company and students. Her most recent work includes dancing Beauty in Beauty in the Beast, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanhilda in Coppelia, original contemporary works choreographed by Rachel Truitt and Peter and Ashley Swan, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and is a featured dancer in Prisca Strother's music video SKIN. She has also choreographed two original works, Optimist and Haptics, for Chattanooga Ballet's professional company. Gabrielle is the proud founder and director of Roots Dance Project ( a local project that brings dancers and choreographers to Atlanta from all over the country to perform annually). She has directed, danced and choreographed for both Root's productions Facets of Love and 7 Deadly Sins.
Advanced Performance Division
Emily comes from a diverse professional dancing career having performed all over the world. Before taking on a decade with Royal Caribbean Productions, she performed with the Atlanta Ballet and Bacchus Productions. She began, on full scholarship her senior year, to the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story, where she had the opportunity to perform with the company under the direction of John McFall. Then after graduating High School, performed for an additional 4 seasons with the company taking the stage in productions such as: John McFall's Alice In Wonderland, The Nutcracker and Peter Pan, Michael Pink's World Premier of Romeo and Juliet, Fernand Nault's Carmina Burana, Stanton Welch's US debut of Madame Butterfly, and George Balanchine's Serenade. Emily was also cast to perform at the Fabulous Fox Theater's 75th Anniversary show in 2004. In 2011-2012 also in Atlanta, Emily assisted David Norwood in assembling his debut contemporary company “Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre” as well as performing as an original member.
From 2003 - 2010, she performed at sea with Royal Caribbean Productions in Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, the East Coast and all over the Caribbean. Here she also became an accomplished wardrobe and wig supervisor for the productions casts of the largest cruise ship's overseeing as many as 3 production shows at a time.
In between contracts, she began teaching ballet, pointe, jazz technique, contemporary and Broadway jazz, choreographing and coaching for the Georgia Youth Ballet Company in Fayetteville, GA under the direction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock. One of her GYB students took home the bronze medal at the Youth American Grand Prix competition for Emily's arrangement of the Giselle Act II Variation. Then in 2010 and 2011, she was honored to have her pieces "Emue" and “Misguided” chosen to be performed in the Festival Showcase for established choreographers, at the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association's annual conference.
Dance 101, owned by Ofelia de La Valette, sponsored Emily in the January 2012 Dance Canvas showcase, directed by Angela Harris, at the 14th Street Playhouse, where her piece “The Liberation” was debuted. Afterwards, Cathy Cronin Dunlap, director of Academy of Ballet, hired Emily to set “The Liberation” on her senior company for their company showcase. Also, for almost 7 years, Emily taught and choreographed for Mitch Flanders, formerly of NYCB, at his studio and annual Festival Dance Camp held at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Emily continues to teach and choreograph for N-Step Dance Academy, Suwanee Academy of the Arts and Dance 101 Atlanta as well as conduct workshops and private lessons throughout the Atlanta area. She is a wife and mother of 2 young humans and 2 fur babies living in the north Decatur area.
Advanced Performance Division
Peter Swan, originally from Atlanta, GA., began his training under Nicolas Pacana (Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet) and Gregory Aaron (Hartford Ballet). A career movement artist, Peter’s dance experience includes professional dancer, instructor, artistic director, professor, and choreographer for both live performance and film. Throughout the first decade of his career, he performed extensively as a freelance guest artist up and down the East Coast and danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, and Atlantic Southeast Ballet. Peter was highly sought to perform principal roles in the traditional classical ballets, but equally versatile to play the role of muse in many original contemporary works. In 2009, Peter accepted a position with Charleston Ballet Theatre (CBT) in Charleston, SC. While there, he was featured in many original productions, as well as George Balanchine’s Serenade and Rubies, Salvatore Aiello’s Notturno, and Bruce Marks’ Lark Ascending. In 2011, Peter Swan left CBT to assume the roles of Co-Artistic Director for Covington Regional Ballet (CRB) and Co-Director of its affiliate school—officially embarking on the transition from danseur to director and choreographer. Over the course of his eight-year tenure, Peter choreographed eight full-length ballets, seven contemporary ballets, and ten repertory works. Additionally, he served in advisory roles in the multi-million dollar renovation of Porter Performing Arts Center as well as the Dobbs Center for the Performing Arts, both integral facilities to the form and function of the Newton County Arts Association programming. In the midst of fulfilling his responsibilities to CRB, he also choreographed works for Gainesville Ballet and for Brenau University, where he served as adjunct faculty from 2013- 2017. In 2015, Mr. Swan was invited to serve as an instructor of dance for the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program during their four-week summer program and has returned every subsequent year. Additionally, in 2017 Peter was nominated to both the Working Committee and Advisory Committee to revise and update the Georgia Standard’s of Excellence for dance with the Georgia Department of Education. Currently, he is on the faculty at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre where he works with the newly formed Professional Ensemble and serves as the company’s rehearsal director. While rooted in the traditions of classical ballet, it is Mr. Swan’s hope that his unique and organic approach to ballet and contemporary movement will further the technical, creative, and artistic growth of both current and future dance artists.
Advanced Performance Division
Erin Bond is an alumna of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. In addition to her training at GBT, Erin trained at the Joffrey Ballet School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Gwinnett College. Erin has created and implemented lesson plans for youth dance programs. She has served as a coach and rehearsal assistant for GBT’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’.
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She studied contemporary dance performance and composition at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Afterwards, Sarah relocated to Atlanta to perform, choreograph, and teach. She has had the great pleasure to perform in works by choreographers such as Shapiro & Smith, Helen Tamiris, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, HIJACK, Nadya Zeitlin, Mallory Baxley, and Morgan Carlisle. In 2015, Sarah joined with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel in order to establish Atlanta Dance Collective, a collaborative company of dance artists. Sarah's choreography, described as "ambitious-and effective" by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has been produced in Minneapolis, New York City, and at various venues in and around Atlanta. Currently, Sarah is Dance Director at Bridgepoint Arts, lead Acro Dance instructor at Dance Theatre, and teaches ballet at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, while also performing and choreographing in and around Atlanta!
Cecily Davis is an Atlanta-based dance artist and choreographer. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, she began dancing at age nine, completing her training at Southeastern School of Ballet. Cecily studied at several summer intensives, including Ballet Magnificat, Ellison Ballet under Edward Ellison, Jolanta Valeikaite, and Erin Forrest; Oklahoma City Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet NYC under Svetlana Ivanova and Elena Bobrova. Additionally, in 2015 she received a full scholarship to study ballet and Russian language for six weeks at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy).
In 2016, she joined The Georgia Ballet, and is entering her third season as a company member. Some of her favorite productions include Alberto Alonso’s Carmen, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, and Daet Rodriguez’s “O Fortuna.” While with the Georgia Ballet, Cecily also performed with Dance Canvas in their 10th Anniversary Performance Series, and then premiered an original piece at their summer intensive showcase. Her most recent choreographic work, entitled “To Be Known,” was created for Georgia Ballet’s annual dancer-run showcase, “Dancers Up Close.” In August of 2019, singer/songwriter Nathan Colberg released the official music video for his song “The Giver.” Directed and shot by Atlanta videographer James Martin, the video marks Cecily’s first film credit as a choreographer and featured performer.
Camila was born in Uruguay in South America and was raised in Gwinnett, Georgia. Camila began her training at the age of four at the Behind the Scenes dance studio. After hopping from studio to studio for the next six years, she landed at the Lilburn School of Ballet where she joined their performance company. She danced with the company for three years before deciding to expand her dancing to other dance styles including jazz and modern. She final settled at Simply Dancing, where she graduated from under the Artistic Director, Coby Richardson, after dancing with them for two years. After an internship with Dance Canvas Next, Camila has been a teacher at both the Dance Centre at Vista Grove and the Dance Centre at Harmony Grove. She has also work for Expressions in Motion Dance that taught all over the Metro Atlanta area and has participated in many Outreach programs.
Ayana has been teaching dance for the past 6 years. She studied dance at Cobb County Center Of Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota where she majored in dance and minored in Mass Communications. In college she took the course teaching for dance where she completed my student teaching at the lab preschool on the U of M campus and observed my classmates and instructors at St Paul Center for the Performing Arts High School. She also completed my teaching Practicum with Kenna Cotteaman. She loves to teach many styles, Creative Movement, Pre Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theater just to name a few. She has taught dance at the Mable House Performing arts center (Mableton, Ga), The Cowles Center (Minneapolis), Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Center (Linden Hills), Alden Moves Dance Studio (Brooklyn NY), Dance with Me Dance Studio (NJ), Xtreme Talent School For The Arts (Decatur, GA), Creative Movement and Dance, DanceFlix Academy, and Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. Professionally she has danced for Flying Foot Forum Dance Company in Minneapolis and St Paul, The Atlanta Opera (La Traviata, West Side Story) City Springs Theater Co (Hairspray) and Arkansas Repertory Theater (Mamma Mia). She love being able to teach dance and learn from my students, they’re joy and hunger to learn inspire me every time she teaches!
Elizabeth began her training at the National Ballet in Crofton, Maryland, and graduated from the Suitland High School’s Visual and Performing Arts program. Liz went on to major in dance at Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter. She graduated from Mercyhurst in 2010 with a B.A. in Dance and moved to Atlanta to perform with Atlanta Festival Ballet, where she spent 6 seasons performing soloist and principal roles. Liz has been on faculty at GBT for the past six years and is also currently pursuing a MA in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University. (Levels II, III, Pre-Apprentice)
Creative Movement & Primary
Jennifer began her training with Warwick Ballet Theatre of New York under the direction of Lucinda Henry. She has studied with The Eglevsky Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The American Academy of Ballet. Jennifer graduated cum laude from The University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Dance Education. While studying in Philadelphia she also taught for Jim Bunting’s school of dance, Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Philadelphia Studio Ballet. Jennifer moved to Atlanta was a member of Atlanta Festival Ballet Company for 11 seasons, where she danced several soloist roles such as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odile in Swan Lake, and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. During and after her seasons with Atlanta Festival Ballet she performed as a guest artist across the metro Atlanta area. Jennifer has also choreographed for the Clayton County Performing Arts Center’s county wide musicals such as Fame, Knuffle Bunny, Music Man, and The Wiz. Jennifer has been a member of the GBT faculty for five years.
Creative Movement & Primary
Emily Lemons began her training at Sawnee School of Ballet, where she joined the Sawnee Ballet Theatre in 2006 and stayed until 2012. Emily received talent and academic scholarships to attend the Brenau University Department of Dance. Emily spent two years as an assistant teacher at the Gainesville School of Ballet as a part of the teaching practicum program, unique to Brenau’s Department of Dance. Emily graduated Cum Laude from Brenau University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies. She is now teaching creative movement and dance in the Atlanta area while pursuing her STOTT PILATES® certification.
Gabrielle Fenimore is a Macon, GA native who currently pursues her professional dance career in the city of Atlanta. After years of devoted training in programs led by visionaries such as Galen Hooks and Casey Noblett, Gabrielle kick-started her career by performing the lead role in Gotta Dance Contemporary Company's "Dreamscape" under the direction of Rachel Truitt and Jon Carr. This opportunity opened doors for her including working with choreographer Bubba Carr, performing with the artist Charli Babi, and dancing on YouTube Red's "Step Up: Highwater" to name a few. Gabrielle is currently training with the ATLA Connect under Kiki Ely and Sakinah Lestage and looks forward to the growth she hopes to experience in her career.
Dana, originally from Norwich, VT , began her dance training with Joseph and Victoria DeChiazza, professors of Dance at Dartmouth College. After eleven years of studying Ballet (French Technique), Modern (Limon Based) and Jazz (Jack Cole Based), Dana went on to Adelphi University to receive her B.F.A. in Dance. She trained with Norman Walker, Carmen de Lavallade, Loren Hightower, Rochelle Zide-Booth and Regina Larkin. After graduation, she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to earn an M.F.A. in Dance. She performed works by Gus Solomons Jr., Mark Morris, and Ann Carlson and trained with Jenny Way (Twyla Tharp), Gwen Welliver (Doug Varone), Jim Martin, Phyllis Lamhut (Nikolais), Mark Haim, Jackie Villamil, Deborah Jowitt and Kaye Cummings. During her second year at NYU, Dana joined the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, performing Trisler works in NYC and multiple venues in the Northeast. After graduating, she performed with Cherylyn Lavagnino, Imago Dance Theatre, and formed her own collaborative company called Ground Floor Dance.
Since moving to Atlanta, Dana has taught Ballet and Modern technique to dancers of all ages. She has taught at the Georgia Academy of Dance, The Studio Atlanta Dance, Academy of Ballet in Norcross and Bravo Dance Centre and has been a part time professor of dance at Kennesaw State University since 2011. Dana serves as Professional Development Manager for Dance Canvas, an Atlanta based company that promotes and produces choreographers. During Dance Canvas’ Summer Intensive, Dana teaches Ballet and Modern technique and Choreography. She has produced her own choreography in the Atlanta area since 2003.
Xavier Lewis, aka Xay Zoleil, is an American dancer, musician, writer, comedian, and DJ. Xavier has been teaching and performing in the Atlanta area for almost 10 years. Xavier is currently the Dance Director for Grayson High School and teaches at many studios in and around the metro-Atlanta area. Xavier has also been a background dancer for musical artists, such as B.O.B. Xavier has received multiple awards for choreography. Xavier directs and produces two dance concerts a year. Xavier recently signed a contract to be a part of the traveling dance intensive, Elevate Dance Workshop.
In 2015, Xay released his very first solo musical project, Paradise Garage, featuring the eletro-pop single “So Bumpy”. In 2017, Xavier and his writing partner, Molly McClintock, debuted their new talk show, “Around Town with Molly”, which highlights key figures in politics, entertainment, sports, and city life in and around the Metro-Atlanta area. In Decemeber of 2018, Xay released his first studio album, People of Pangea, which tackles the idea of global revolution, as well as dismantling the establishment. Xavier has received multiple awards for choreography and directs and produces two dance concerts a year. He is also currently touring with Kids Artistic Revue dance competition.
Preparatory Levels and Modern
Mary-Evelyn Hunt (Atlanta, GA) began her dance training at The Georgia Ballet and Powerhouse Dance Company where she extensively studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary. She graduated with a BA in Mass Communication and a Dance Minor from Georgia College and State University. She danced principle roles including Giselle and the Sugarplum Fairy with the Georgia College Community Dance Program. She obtained her MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was a 2018-2019 ImmerseATL Artist and has danced for many independent choreographers in Atlanta. She is currently on faculty at Clayton State University and dancing with Kitmodus under the direction of Jillian Mitchell.