Lee Harper Studios offers dance classes in Basic Skills,

Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Point, Modern, Jazz and Tap to children ages 3 and up.  Adult classes are available in Ballet and Stretch and Strengthen.  Children enroll for the entire school year with registration beginning in the spring of 2010 for the school year of 2010-11.  For registration information, contact Lee Harper Studios, 3030 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta, GA. 30309.  Telephone:  (404) 364-9555.  Lee Harper Studios is the home of the professional dance company, Lee Harper & Dancers, and Dancers II, a children's dance company.  These dance companies perform regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for their family, holiday, and educational concerts.

Teachers

Millie Rhodes

Miss Millie is an Atlanta native and grew up studying dance with Lee Harper & Dancers.  Millie earned a B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Goucher College and a Masters Degree in Dance from American University.  It was at Goucher where Millie discovered her interest in the educational theories of Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Elliot Eisner.  While at American, Millie wrote a Masters Thesis, 'Dance assessment and National Standards: 1994-2002,' which focuses on the standing of dance education in reference to assessment.  While in D.C., Millie had the opportunity to work at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she worked closely with grant applications for dance education programs.  In addition to working hard academically for her degrees in dance, Millie spent a lot of time performing in student and faculty dance concerts at both Goucher College and American University.  Upon completion of her Masters thesis, Millie moved to Athens, Georgia, where she was an adjunct professor of dance at the University of Georgia.  Since she has been back in Atlanta, Millie has taught at The Children’s School, Woodward Academy, The Turning Point of Dance, Commerce School of Dance, The Atlanta School of Performing Arts, and Westminster School.  Millie has been performing with Lee Harper & Dancers and has been teaching at Lee Harper Studios since the fall of 2003.  Millie has been teaching for and directing the Center of Motion at Clairmont Presbyterian Church since 2004.  Millie is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer.  Millie feels honored to teach dance to your wonderful girls and loves to be around their energy and enthusiasm.

Gwenyth (Wendy) Dixon

Miss Wendy has performed and taught for Lee Harper and Dancers for over twenty-five years.  She has appeared with the company in mainstage concerts throughout metro Atlanta and family concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She has been the assistant director of the Baltimore Ballet, associate director of Center City Dance Theatre (Atlanta), ballet mistress of The Atlanta Ballet, and rehearsal assistant for Contemporary Ballet (New York City).  Wendy also directed the dance department of Cobb County’s performing arts school at Pebblebrook High School.  She has performed in the chorus and choreographed for the Atlanta Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards.  She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa.  Wendy received her dance training with the Atlanta Ballet, Fiona Fairrie, and the late Marjorie Mussman of the Mark Morris Dance Company.  She is married to Curt Dixon and they have two sons.

Jean Nuttall

Miss Jean began dancing at the age of 5 in New Bern, North Carolina. While in high school she was a member of the Down East Dance Company and studied tap with Margaret Fletcher, a former Radio City Rockette. She holds a B.F.A. in dance from East Carolina University and is trained in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. For two summers during college she lived in Manteo, N.C. while performing in the outdoor drama The Lost Colony. Other performance credits include the Gretchen Harding Dancers in San Francisco, The Lone Star outdoor drama and Annie Get Your Gun at the Galveston Outdoor Theatre in Galveston, Texas. Jean then toured with the Dallas Children’s Theatre. After moving to Atlanta in 1984 she joined the teaching staff at Lee Harper Dancers Studio and became a member of Lee Harper and Dancers Company. Also in Atlanta, she was a member of Susan Eldridge’s Red Clay, Room To Move Dance Co., Robin Williams and Friends and Celeste Miller & Company. She has performed several times with The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Symphony and with choreographers Nicole Liveratos and Sally Radell.  Since 1991, Jean has been the Dance Director at Woodward Academy North, where she teaches and choreographs for children in grade Pre-K through sixth. She also serves regularly as a dance adjudicator on the state level for the Georgia Governors Honors Program. Jean lives in Atlanta with her husband Mike and their two daughters, Emily and Laura.

Elaine Wadsworth

Miss Elaine is a third generation Atlanta native.  She is the proud mother of Alexa Alaman.  Elaine graduated from the Lovett School.  From Lovett, she went all the way to San Francisco to study acting at the American Conservatory Theater and Solvang Theaterfest.  Then at Webster Conservatory, she was thrilled to perform with Joffrey II.  Elaine’s ballet training began at the ripe old age of three at the Atlanta Ballet.  There she trained with Robert Barnett and Marrilee Smith.  She finished her ballet training with MarinVeigh and Ruth Petrinvic at Marin Ballet. Elaine went on to perform with the The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The San Francisco Opera Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and locally was Ballet Mistress of Kolours Dance Theater for eight years.  As an actress, Elaine has had numerous speaking roles in film and television on “In the Heat of the Night” and “One life to live.”  For two years she toured with “The Magic of David Copperfield.”  Her favorite roles include Titania/Hippolita in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and Carmen in the Georgia Ballet’s production of “Carmen. Elaine began teaching under the watchful eye of Merrilee Smith at the age of seventeen.  Locally, she teaches for Duluth School of Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Theater, Callenwolde, and Gotta Dance.  At Gotta Dance, she has performed with the professional company for fifteen years and served as Ballet Mistress, Choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director for the company. Elaine has choreographed numerous musicals including “The Ugly Ducking,” which was chosen to be presented in the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston.  Most recently she choreographed “The Music Man” for Wesleyan. For the past ten years Elaine has been privileged to perform with Lee Harper and Dancers.  This incredible experience has brought her life full circle.  As a student, her demonstrator was Wendy Dixon.  Wendy was a role model for her as a child as she still is today.  Jennifer Gould was in the class for which Elaine demonstrated.  Millie Rhodes is a breath of fresh air. Lee Harper has been an inspiration through her loving support.

Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer has been teaching dance for Lee Harper since 1989 after

“growing up” taking ballet and modern dance at Lee’s dance studio. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University in 1993 where she majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology. Jennifer spent many days in the dance room at the university taking dance classes to “relieve the stress of college life and just plain have fun.” After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Jeff Kelley, and they quickly made plans to start a family. That family has grown and now Jennifer is the proud mother of six children ranging in age from one month to 14 years old (four of which Jeff and Jennifer are adopting after fostering them for two years). Jennifer currently teaches basic skills and creative movement to the youngest dancers at Lee Harper Studios, and she firmly believes that the most important thing she can do in life is to make a difference in the lives of the children she teaches.