Sherri Davis - Director of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts
As founder and director of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts, Sherri Davis exudes her passion for dance & the performing arts through teaching aspiring artists who desire to learn the joy of movement.
With a combined total of over 30 years experience as a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator, Ms. Davis has taken her
professional training and experience and promoted her
art form in a variety of genres such as opera, theater, classical ballet and the contemporary.
She currently oversees the dance classes and instruction at the Academy's locations in Peachtree City and Newnan, Georgia.
At the age of 13, Ms. Davis
received a full, residential scholarship to the Tidewater Ballet Association of Virginia
trained with Mississippi Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet of New York, School of American Ballet of New York, and the Pennsylvania Ballet
was a full scholarship recipient of the School of American Ballet
, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet
After performing the role of Odile in Swan Lake, Ms. Davis was one of only two dancers at the Academy personally presented with a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School from former director Leon Danielean.
received some of her training from such distinguished and legendary dance mentors as Lupe' Serrano, Patricia Sorrell, Patricia McBride, Patricia Wilde, Colleen Neary, Susan Borree, Teresa Martinez, Lee Harper
and Gene Hammett.
Additionally, Ms. Davis has been a guest artist with the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony under the direction of Robert Shaw.
As Artistic Director, Ms. Davis has re-staged and choreographed such full length ballets as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Romeo & Juliet, Don Quixote and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As choreographer, Ms. Davis has created original works for the stage with critical acclaim.
These works include her
original full length ballets such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Three Musketeers.
In the 2011-2012 season Ms. Davis
presented the world premiere of her
original full-length ballet West Side Story - to a sold out audience.
has also written and produced the original full length ballet - The Growing of Annabell Potts - a story of a young girl growing up in the south with the knowledge of war soon approaching her peaceful homeland.
As a contemporary choreographer Ms. Davis has created original contemporary works such as Trio, Angels, The Rock Ballet and Resurgam as well as producing 22 seasons of contemporary and early childhood productions for Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts.
or the upcoming 2012-2013 season, Ms. Davis
will be creating her
original version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
to audiences throughout the Atlanta area.
Believing that dance can bring courage, perseverance, and self-esteem to any child, Ms. Davis
strives to offer a positive environment for her
students and professional staff.
It is her
goal to develop each child to achieve his/her highest potential.
To help attain this goal, she established the non-profit company, Georgia Dance Theatre, in 1990, to offer an avenue for those who are interested in pursuing a more serious place in dance.
This scholarship program provides over $125,000 annually to educate serious and talented dancers as well as providing an arts education to the community.
For its excellence this performing company has received funding from such prominent organizations as Fayette County Endowment Committee, Georgia Council
of the Arts and various businesses and individuals in the community.
Students of Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts
and Georgia Dance Theatre
have received scholarships, acceptances and invitations to join professional companies all over the United States and abroad.
Additionally students have received scholarships to prominent colleges and universities and chosen to further their performing arts career as teachers and choreographers, many of whom now work within the school and company founded by Ms. Davis
22 years ago.
In 1996, Ms. Davis established Georgia Dance Theatre Professional Company, for those continuing their dance careers on a professional level.
In 2006, Ms. Davis
extended Georgia Academy of Dance
into Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts
- to include additional forms of art education. (Est. 1990) Currently the Academy offers dance classes, dance instruction, dance lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, woodwind lessons, performances, summer dance camps, and dance related equipment and costume rentals.