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Academy of the Arts

Performing Arts Studio

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Academy of the Arts

Performing Arts Studio

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Academy of the Arts

Performing Arts Studio

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Performing Arts Studio

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Academy of the Arts

Performing Arts Studio

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Since we were founded in 1997 we have taught thousands of students performing arts. We started off small and have grown to be one of the largest studios in Dekalb County. We believe dance education encompasses far more than technique or the steps your children will learn.

We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment by offering them a chance to learn, experience the spirit of teamwork, and understand what hard work can accomplish.

Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, to teach them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.

We do not believe we are the best because we're the biggest. Instead, we believe we're the biggest because families think we are the best.





This genre of dance focuses on using ballet technique while also learning to move the body in new and creative ways. The dancers learn to dance with feeling and tell a story. It focuses on leaps, turns, floor work & shifting the weight of the body. It teaches the students discipline, but also allows for the use of the dancer’s imagination.

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A classical dance form demanding grace and precision. Ballet is the “backbone” of all dance training. The technique of ballet teaches the students elegance, flexibility, endurance, and most importantly discipline. Ballet helps with all genres of dance - even Hip Hop!

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Leaps & Turns

This is a class created for serious dancers who desire to perfect their skills of jumping, turning, and leaping.

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All instructors have incredibly diverse backgrounds and have credentials that would rival any professional dance studio in Atlanta. Our instructors are committed to creating and cultivating fresh new perspectives on dance while teaching fundamentals in a way that is fun, informative, and exciting to children and teens of all ages. If you’re interested in joining our instructor team, contact our office at to learn more about current opportunities.

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Susan McGhee-Crawford

Susan Crawford


Jasmine Roberts

Vanessa Chisolm

Vanessa Chisolm

Brittiney Wall

Brittiney Wall


Zakiya Davidson

What Our Clients Say


Academy of the Arts has a renowned reputation for quality dance instruction and students come from all over the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Each student’s talents and gifts are embraced and we strive to provide an experience that shapes their growth not only as a dancer but also as an individual. We love our student families that help support our staff and students with a spirit of humility and willingness to help whenever needed.



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Academy of the Arts is a performing arts studio founded in 1997 and serves youth in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. AOTA is one of the largest dance studios in Dekalb County, Georgia.

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5424 Hillandale Park Court
Lithonia, Georgia 30058

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