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Faculty
Becky Brown - Director/Artistic Director

Becky received her training with the Atlanta Ballet and Robert Barnett. She holds a BA in Ballet from Brenau University and performed professionally with the Atlanta, Boston and Savannah Ballets. Becky has over 30 years teaching experience, including the development of ballet programs in Savannah and Newnan. She directed the LaGrange Ballet for 6 years.

Becky has always had a passion for the ballet classics. Her favorite roles that she has danced include Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed various roles in Cinderella, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Four Seasons among others. Becky feels extremely blessed to have the opportunity to combine her passion for teaching ballet with her passion for serving the Lord and mentoring young dancers.  Becky and her husband Roger have two grown children, Roger and Victoria.

Administrative Staff

Amy Swarr holds a degree in Accounting from Penn State University and is often the first face and voice you'll hear when you contact the ballet office. Amy is the thread that knits us and holds us all together and brings to our school a wealth of experience, wisdom, compassion and administrative skills. She and her husband, Dave, are members of Perimeter Church and have three daughters, two of whom danced with Perimeter Ballet.

Robin Myers received her degree in English with a minor in writing from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She has always had a passion for the performing arts. After working behind the scenes in theatre productions for over a decade, she is excited to be a part of the Perimeter Ballet staff as the company administrator. She was a Perimeter Ballet parent for 12 years. She and her husband, Mark, have four daughters.

Instructors

Susanna Carey grew up training with Perimeter Academy of the Arts for twelve years where she has danced in worship outreach events, choreographed, and participated in a dance worship mission's trip to India and London. While dancing with Perimeter's Academy of the Arts Ballet Company, Susanna performed roles from Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. She started her college training at Brenau University, performing with Gainesville Ballet Company and the Brenau Dance Ensemble. Susanna completed her degree in Dance Education at Kennesaw State University. She loves teaching and choreography and sharing her passion for dance and worship. Susanna is also our Recital Administrator.  She is married to Brandon.

Hope Harrell Laman has been dancing since she first saw a ballet at the age of three. After dancing around the world, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degrees in Dance and English. She most recently performed with Lee Harper and Dancers and with Refuge Dance Company. Her desire is to encourage students to stretch the boundaries of their artistry and faith. Hope is married to her wonderful husband Jeff.

Jamie Lanier started dancing at the age of three and began teaching ballet when she was 18.  She received training in many Atlanta area studios and enjoyed all aspects of classes, performances, and workshops.  Ballet class was her favorite part of the week as a small child.  Jamie dreamed  of being a mother and a ballet teacher when she grew up, and God made her dreams come true.  She performed, taught, and choreographed for Praise In Motion and En Pointe School of Dance for 11 years and then began teaching at Perimeter Ballet in 2006.  Jamie's ballet classes are energized by her purpose to nurture her students in their love for dance and guide them into an expression that is both technically excellent and spiritually authentic.  Jamie has two incredible teenaged boys, Luke & Micah.

Elizabeth Magee trained under Pavel Rotaru and danced with Rotaru International Children's Ballet Company. Elizabeth has taught at Thornwell Home and School for Children as well as at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Elizabeth holds a BS in Special Education. She choreographs extensively for Perimeter Ballet Company in the classical as well as the worship setting. She is an Artist in Residence and loves participating in dance worship. Elizabeth and her husband Billy have a daughter, Darcy, and a son Walker.

Susan McGraw trained under Lucy Beck and went on to the Gainesville Ballet under the direction of Diane Callahan. She has a BA in Dance Pedagogy and Performance, and has danced professionally with The Gainesville Ballet Professional Ensemble, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble in Switzerland, and many other regional companies as a guest artist. Her teaching experience is extensive including from the college level at UGA as an adjunct faculty member to regional dance studios that include The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She is also involved in Dance Worship Ministry at her church. Susan and her husband Walker have two children. This is her 16th year teaching with Perimeter Ballet!

Mary Scott grew up dancing at Perimeter Ballet where she danced lead roles in Cinderella, Nutcracker, Four Seasons, and Sleeping Beauty. She then went on to receive a BA in performance and choreography from the University of South Carolina with a minor in business. She performed in many Balanchine ballets such as Serenade, Western Symphony, Mozartiana, Emeralds, and Stars and Stripes. After college, she returned to teach at Perimeter and is passionate about teaching and choreographing in the studio that shaped her. Mary is so grateful to be included in a program that not only focuses on technique and performance, but also each dancer’s personal faith and growth.

Leslie Shivers is a native of McDonough, GA. She received her dance training at the Georgia Youth Ballet under the instruction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock.  In 2005 Leslie was accepted into the trainee program at Ballet Magnificat, a professional Christian touring ballet company based in Jackson, MS.  After three years of training Leslie was promoted into the Omega company and spent 9 years dancing and touring professionally.  She traveled all over the world - spreading the Gospel through dance in the States, Europe, Canada, Israel, and Africa - performing in huge concert halls, state opera houses, school auditoriums, and even outside in open city squares.  She has also taught ballet, pointe, and set choreography each year at Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive in Jackson, as well as in ballet schools all over the States.  Leslie considers it a deep privilege to have served the Lord in this way.  She has a heart to see younger dancers develop an excellence in their artistry so that Christ's beauty and power may be magnificently displayed on the stage.   She is greatly honored to be teaching at Perimeter!

 

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    Phone: 678.405.2337
    Fax:  678.405.2009
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