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.
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 which dance 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.
Avery Baxter grew up training with Perimeter Academy of the Arts from 1998-2007. During her time at Perimeter Ballet, Avery performed roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Coppelia. Avery also performed in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker. Her favorite memories from Perimeter include practicing in the "tower" studio, dancing during Christmas Eve services, and performing the role of Swanhilda in Coppelia. Avery graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 and has taught math to middle school and high school students for the past five years. She is excited about returning to Perimeter Ballet and sharing her love of dance. Avery and her husband, Cody, are members of Perimeter Church and have two daughters.
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 trained in Atlanta at Simply Dance and Dance For Joy before joining Praise In Motion Dance Company. Collectively, she performed, taught and choreographed for Praise In Motion for 11 years. Jamie has choreographed many original works and most recently performed "Thirsty", six pieces depicting the journey of finding satisfaction in God alone. Jamie teaches dance because she has a strong desire to first see her students own and love their unique creativity and beauty, and then guide them into expression that is technically excellent and spiritually authentic. Jamie has two 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 are members of Perimeter and 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 and she is also involved in Dance Worship Ministry at her church. Susan and her husband Walker have two children.
Loraine Rhea trained at various studios in Montgomery, Alabama, beginning at age three! She also studied dance at Texas Tech and Birmingham-Southern. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Samford University. She has taught and choreographed at Dance for Joy and Perimeter Ballet for over 20 years. She has choreographed for many of Perimeter Church's outreach events and numerous Perimeter School musicals including GodSpell, The KIng and I, The Music Man, and Annie. She and her husband, Alf, have been members of Perimeter Church for 30 years. Her most important job was raising their now grown four children, and she is enjoying her first grandchild! She loves working with children and developing the pure joy they can express as they learn to dance for God's glory.
Amelia Turner trained at the Sawnee School of Ballet beginning at age five before coming to Perimeter Ballet in high school where she was a member of Perimeter Ballet's Company. She has performed roles in Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Sleeping Beauty. Amelia has a degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and has worked as an administrative assistant for the past seven years. She and her husband Jared are members of Perimeter Church.