Georgia Dance Theatre Alumni
Listed are just a few of our Georgia Dance Theatre Alumni
& Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts who have continued in the celebration of the arts!
Performer/ University Dance Program Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Schrama trained with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for the past 12 years and has been under scholarship for 7 seasons with Georgia Dance Theatre. Ms. Schrama has received additional training from the American Ballet Theatre of New York and Kaatsban Extreme Ballet Intensive of New York.
Madison has performed soloist roles in various productions of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts and Georgia Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Her performing credits include Dew Drop and Lead Marzipan in The Nutcracker, Peasant Pas Des Deux in Giselle, Gypsy in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and several contemporary works showcased in annual performances of Georgia Dance Theatre in association with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts.
Madison’s extensive training afforded her the opportunity to be apart of the Fayette County Mentorship Program where she received school credit as an Assistant Teacher for GAD & the Performing Arts during her senior year of high school. Madison was also accepted into the prestigious Dance Programs of the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia and with a dance scholarship to the University of South Carolina. She elected to continue her college and dance education at the University of Georgia where she is majoring in Dance.
KATHRYN VAN METER
A GDT Senior Company Alumna, Kathryn Van Meter is perhaps the most prolific and well-regarded musical theatre choreographer in Seattle, WA. Credits include Mary Poppins, Hairspray, The Who’s Tommy, The King and I, The Secret Garden, Man of La Mancha, High School Musical, Spring Awakening, Bat Boy, Urinetown,and CATS. Her work is continually recognized for serving the narrative needs of the show while simultaneously offering visually compelling stage pictures. In addition to musicals, her collaborations include work with high school and college students, corporate flashmob events, puppets, an NBA Halftime Show, circus dinner theatre, and The Seattle Men’s Chorus where she had the pleasure of working with the incomparable Debbie Reynolds.
In 2010, Kathryn lived and worked in a community in South Africa and created ONE WORLD THROUGH THEATRE, a generative theatrical conversation between her students there and high school students in Issaquah, WA, and Hendersonville, NC.
Also an actress, some favorite roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Gwen in Rapture Blister Burn, Lady Anne in Richard III, Anita in West Side Story, Ellie May Chipley in Show Boat, and Shirley Markowitz in The Producers. She had the great honor of dancing in the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
In the spring, she will have the pleasure of getting back in the room with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey to both choreograph and perform in his version of Cabaret.
She is a proud member of the Stage Director and Choreographer’s Union, Actors Equity Association, and the Sandbox Artist’s Collective.
Dance Educator/Dance Company Member
Ms. Reed has trained at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for the past 7 years and has been under scholarship for the past 6 seasons with Georgia Dance Theatre. She has received additional training from the Atlanta Ballet and studied under many notable dance educators such as Franco De Vita (Principal of the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre), Robert Barnett (Balanchine protégé and former director of the Atlanta Ballet), Miki Orihara (Principal Dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company), and Gretchen Warren (Ballet Mistress of ABT II).
Ms. Reed has also received acceptances to prestigious summer intensives including the Milwaukee Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education. During her training, Abigail has performed soloist roles in various productions of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts, Georgia Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker Ballet, and several contemporary works showcased in annual performances of Georgia Dance Theatre in association with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts.
Abigail’s extensive training has afforded her the opportunity to be an Assistant Teacher and an Early Childhood educator at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. Abigail is continuing her education at the University of North Carolina and dancing with their contemporary company Carolina Style.
EMI MURATA FERGUSON
Emi Murata Ferguson was a member of the scholarship performing company Georgia Dance Theatre for 7 seasons. Ms. Murata Ferguson received additional training from the Atlanta Ballet, The Rock School of Pennsylvania and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet’s summer intensives. She is a scholarship recipient to Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts Summer Intensive and a former dance educator for the studio. Ms. Murata Ferguson has performed principal & soloists roles in various ballets and contemporary productions of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. These roles include Arabian, Chines & Russian for Georgia Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker as well as Bird in Coppelia.
Ms. Murata Ferguson was a member of the CORE Dance & Aerial Performing Company and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Georgia.
Ms. Murata Ferguson is the current Assistant Director of Dance at DANCEFX ATLANTA.
Professional Dancer/Guest Artist
Ms. Sagraves began her ballet training at the Terre Haute Academy of Dance and continued in Indianapolis at Ballet Internationale and Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana. She attended summer intensive programs with Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet. She has trained with Violette Verdy, Irina Kolpakova, Michael Vernon, Jacques Cesbron, Vladilen Seminov, and Tatiana Pali, among others.
Ms. Sagraves was a Ballet Major and Faculty Merit Scholarship recipient at Indiana University, where whe danced numerous roles with IU Ballet Theater, including the lead in the re-staging of Le Spectre de la Rose and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Ms. Sagraves has also performed the role of Wendy in Atlanta Ballet’s production of Snow White. Ms. Sagraves is a former member of the professional company of Georgia Dance Theatre and classical ballet educator with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts.
During her dance tenure Ms. Sagraves was awarded an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Michael Pink. Ms. Sagraves continues to be a guest performer in various genres as well as a full time Pilates Instructor.
Performer/College Dance Scholarship Recipient
Ms. McIlwraith, a Georgia Dance Theatre alumna, has been a student of the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for 14 years and a scholarship member of Georgia Dance Theatre for 8 seasons. She received additional training from the Atlanta Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Walnut Hill School.
In addition, she was awarded partial scholarships to the summer and year round programs of Walnut Hill and a full dance scholarhsip to GAD & the Performing Arts Summer Intensive program. Ms. McIlwraith has performed lead roles in various productions of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts including Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker.
n 2009, Ms. McIlwraith performed the principal role of Dewdrop Fairy in Georgia Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker.
Ms. McIlwraith continued her dance education on an an $18,000 dance scholarship to Birmingham Southern College.
Studio Owner/Artistic Director/Dance Educator
Ms. Payton continued her dance training with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts and was promoted to scholarship status with Georgia Dance Theatre.
She was a dance educator with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. Today, Ms. Payton is the owner and director of Dance South located in Whitehouse, Tennessee.
She is also the founder and Artistic Director of the performing company, Encore Dance Project. In 2005 Ms. Payton was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Performing Arts.
Her students have been accepted to study with the Nutmeg Conservatory, Nashville Ballet of the Arts and the Tennessee Governors School of the Arts. Dance South website: www.dance-south.com.
Professional Dancer/Dance Educator
Christina Hubeli began dancing at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts at the age of 6 and joined Georgia Dance Theatre in 2011. In her debut season with Georgia Dance Theatre, she performed as the youngest member of the Wilis corps de ballet in Giselle. In 2014, she performed as Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty. In 2015, she performed Four Cygnets and Act I Pas de Trois in Swan Lake. She has also performed as Clara and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker.
Ms. Hubeli was accepted to and attended the Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet's summer intensive programs. Ms. Hubeli completed her debut season as a trainee of the professional company of Georgia Dance Theatre.
In addition to performing, Ms. Hubeli became an assistant teacher through the Fayette County Board of Education Work Study program .
Ms. Hubeli is continuing her higher education at Ohio State University.
JENNY REYNOLDS-VAN METER
Professional Dancer/Dance Educator
Ms. Reynolds-Van Meter has trained at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for the past 22 years and a member of Georgia Dance Theatre for 16 seasons.
Ms. Reynolds-Van Meter received additional training from American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and The Lines Ballet of California.
In addition, she received apprenticeships with Alvin Ailey American Dance Center of New York and Lines Ballet of California. Ms. Reynolds-Van Meter was a guest performer with Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s tour to Edinburg, Scotland and a member of the professional touring company of Angela Whitehill’s Paradise Ballet Theatre.
Ms. Reynolds-Van Meter performed under professional contract for Georgia Dance Theatre for 6 seasons.
In 2010, Ms. Reynolds performed the lead role of Swanildain Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts production of Coppelia.
She has also performed various principal roles such as Snow Queen in Georgia Dance Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet.
Ms. Reynolds-Van Meter's extensive dance training has allowed her to teach multiple forms of dance at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. She is a former board member of Georgia Dance Theatre.
AMANDA SMITH BRAVO
Dancer/College Dance Scholarship Recipient/ Dance Educator/Program Director
Ms. Smith Bravo trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for 10 seasons. She was a Senior member of Georgia Dance Theatre and enjoyed performing multiple roles with the company. Ms. Bravo attended Belhaven University under a full dance scholarship and is a recent graduate with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation, Ms. Bravo danced with the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company under prominent choreographers such as Kate Hutter, Kevin Wlliamson, Jamila Glass, Hyosum Choi, Melissa Schade, & Mike Esperanza. She has been a dance educator and choreographer for the Lake Arrowhead School of Dance and the Director of the Modern Dance Department in San Bernardino, California. She is currently at dancer and choreographer for CORE Dance Company.
Professional Dancer/Dance Educator
Ms. Parker, a Georgia Dance Theatre alumna, began her serious ballet training with Ballet Academy of Miami, and later with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. She went on to perform professionally with the Charleston Ballet as a company apprentice, where she performed in such works as Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Dracula. Ms. Park was also a part of Charleston Ballet’s extensive East coast Nutcracker tour. Ms. Parker has 15 years of teaching experience, including directing and choreographing numerous productions at the early childhood thru senior company levels.
Professional Dancer/Dance Educator
Brianne Wesolowski trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for the past 20 years and under scholarship with Georgia Dance Theatre for the past fourteen seasons. Ms. Wesolowski received additional training from many notable ballet schools including the Houston Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Burklyn Ballet Theatre on scholarship and the Milwaukee Ballet on scholarship. Following her summer with the Milwaukee Ballet, Brianne received an invitation to join Milwaukee Ballet II under the direction of Michael Pink. Brianne joined Georgia Dance Theatre professional company in 2005 and danced under professional contract for six seasons.
Ms. Wesolowski’s performing credits include the principal role of Black Swan in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the principal role in Melony Tribble’s Swallowed Up, the lead in Nadia Thompson’s Grande Terentella, Romantic Girl in Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s Graduation Ball, Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, and the principal role in Les Sylphides. Ms. Wesolowski has also performed soloist roles in La Bayadere, Symphony in D, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Peter Pan, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia and several contemporary works showcased in Georgia Dance Theatre’s In the Spirit of Dance series. Ms. Wesolowski graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in World History and a BA in Religious Studies from Georgia State University in May 2010 under full academic scholarship. In 2012, Ms. Wesolowski completed a Masters of Theological Studies at Emory University, focusing on aesthetics and avant-garde art theory. She continues to teach dance education in the Atlanta area.
Ms. VanKouwenberg began her dance training with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts at the age of 5. She trained with the academy for 12 years and was a scholarship member of Georgia Dance Theatre for 5 seasons. Ms. VanKouwenberg performed demi-soloists and soloists roles with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. These roles include Cupid in Don Quixote and Dewdrop in Georgia Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet. Ms. Vankouwenberg was awarded a professional contract as a Fellowship dancer with the Atlanta Ballet for 2 seasons and is currently dancing with New Orleans Ballet Theatre (photo by Jonah Hooper photography).
MEGAN ROURKE CREIGHTON
Ms. Rourke-Creighton received most of her dance education from the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts.
She was a former member of Georgia Dance Theatre for eight seasons.
Ms. Rourke-Creighton received numerous soloists and principal roles including
Juliet in Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts production of
Romeo & Juliet.
Ms. Rourke-Creighton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Methodist University. Ms. Rourke-Creighton continued her love of dance as a dance educator.
MARY GRACE PHILLIPS
Professional Dancer/Dance Educator
Ms. Phillips trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for 14 years. She was a scholarship member of Georgia Dance Theatre pre-professional company for 8 seasons and a contracted professional member for 3 seasons.
She continued with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts after college to become a dance educator of various dance disciplines. During her training with GAD, Ms. Phillips performed the original roles of Alice in Artistic Director Sherri Davis’ original ballet Alice in Wonderland and Clara in
Georgia Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet.
In 2010, Ms. Phillips was awarded the coveted role of Kitri in Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts production of Don Quixote. In 2011, Ms. Phillips originated the role of Graziella in Sherri Davis’ original ballet West Side Story. Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Belhaven College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance and performed original and classical works with the Belhaven Dance Ensemble and Belhaven Theatre Department. She recently continued her dance education with summer intensives with the Richmond Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Ms. Phillips has performed, choreographed and lead workshops for the Shachah Touring Company in Shizouka, Japan.
Ms. Phillips continues to pursue her art form as a performer and choreographer in Atlanta.
Professional Dancer/College Dance Scholarship Recipient
Catherine Vining has trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for 12 years and is a former member of the Senior Company of Georgia Dance Theatre. She has received additional summer training from the Atlanta Ballet and Walnut Hill Performing Arts School. Ms. Vining has received scholarships to The Rock School of Pennsylvania and Walnut Hill Performing Arts School. Ms. Vining received a $126,000 dance scholarship for three seasons with Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts as a full time resident student. She received a professional contract with the Nashville Ballet.
Professional Dancer/Studio Founder/Artistic Director
Ms. McDonnell has trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for the past 17 years. Ms. McDonnell has received additional training from such prominent professional schools as Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Ms. McDonnell has been a scholarship member of Georgia Dance Theatre for the past 7 years and a member of the professional company of Georgia Dance Theatre for 4 seasons. Ms. McDonnell’s performing credits include the title role of Sugar Plum Fairy in Georgia Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet as well as principal roles in Les Sylphides, The Three Musketeers and Peter Pan. She has also performed soloist roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Symphony in D, The Nutcracker, and Alice in Wonderland. Additional performing credits include roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and several original and contemporary works showcased in Georgia Dance Theatre’s In the Spirit of Dance series.
For six seasons, Ms. McDonnell was a dance educator in the classical ballet, early childhood and contemporary programs at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. Ms. McDonnell’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Management from Kennesaw State University. Ms. McDonnell was the original Founder and Artistic Director of North Georgia School of Ballet. (www.ngaschoolofballet.com)
LINDSAY DAVIS DROMERHAUSER
Professional Dancer, Dance Educator, Choreographer, Director
Ms. Davis Dromerhauser, a former member of Georgia Dance Theatre , continued her dance education with Dance Academy of Stuart after relocating to Florida. Ms. Davis Dromerhauser has performed extensively around the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches with Preston Contemporary Company where she is currently holds the Rehearsal Director position. Along with continuing as a dance educator, Ms. Davis Dromerhauser choreographs and directs for community theater and for the professional theater company -Shiloh Theatrical Productions. Her choreography credits include Peter Pan, King & I, Pacific, Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy, Grease, Damn Yankees and Camelot. Ms. Davis Dromerhauser continues to dance as a company member with Atlantic East Coast Dance Theatre. Ms. Davis Dromerhauser holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indian River State College.
Megan Davis, a former member of Georgia Dance Theatre, continued her dance education with Dance Academy of Stuart after relocating to Florida. She is a dance major and holds a fine arts degree from Indian River State College.
Ms. Davis is a full time professional dancer and performer with Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios of Orlando, Florida. Ms. Davis has been opening cast for two new parades brought to Disney from the west coast and performed Christmas shows in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
She also does Jammin’ Jungle Parade along with many other roles as a Disney cast member. Visit Megan and watch her perform at Disney!
Professional Dancer/Scholarship Recipient
Caroline Vining trained with the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts for 10 years. She was under scholarship with Georgia Dance Theatre for 4 seasons and performed contemporary and classical works during her time with Georgia Dance Theatre.
During her years with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts she received additional summer training under scholarship with North Carolina Dance Theatre and the
Ms. Vining continued her dance education with the Atlanta Ballet and rose to the position of trainee with the Atlanta Ballet.