Center City Ballet and Movement Arts (CCBMA) is a new dance studio in the Historic Boulevard District in Athens, Georgia.  

We specialize in technical ballet training for children and adults and agree that ballet provides a solid foundation for all forms of dance. We believe that in addition to technique, students should learn the history and origins of ballet, resulting in a deeper understanding of the discipline as a performing art. We also recognize the importance of other forms of dance and fitness, including yoga and Pilates, both for the ballet student and for the community at large. We stress body awareness, full-body health, and injury prevention in every class we teach. Movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers prepare our youngest students for a lifelong love of music and dance. We invite children and adults of all ages and abilities to pursue their movement goals in our neighborhood studio.


Center City Ballet and Movement Arts’ mission is to cultivate body intelligence, discipline, and creativity through mindful and technically sound movement.

CCBMA will teach the value of movement for promoting physical fitness (strength, agility, and injury prevention), mental wellbeing (stress relief, improved self-esteem, and mindfulness), and/or artistic expression (imagination, musicality, and interpretation). CCBMA will equip students with confidence in the body and its abilities regardless of age, gender, size, shape, or proportion and will engage and nurture each student individually while promoting a team environment, encouraging friendships and cooperation rather than competition. In the area of dance, CCBMA will foster an appreciation of dance as recreation, as entertainment, and as art form and will incorporate dance education into each class as appropriate, including dance history, music history, and an overview of methodologies. CCBMA will give all students the opportunity to excel in their chosen form of movement.

 
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Mary Koon
Director

Mary Koon was born in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in Clemson, South Carolina. At age 6, she began ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum and eventually completed three levels of RAD examinations. In 1988, she studied with the legendary Edward Villella, director of the Miami City Ballet, at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and later attended Indiana University, where she took classes in the school’s department of dance, then under the direction of ex-New York City Ballet principle dancers Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux. Mary continued taking dance classes at the University of Georgia and received her master’s degree there in art history in 1998. She has worked in academic publishing at the University of Georgia Press in Athens and at the University of California Press in Berkeley and most recently worked as an editor at the Georgia Museum of Art, where she also curated three exhibitions, including Emilio Pucci in America. Mary has practiced Bikram Yoga for six years and lives in Athens with her two daughters.


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asela eatenson
cofounder and guest teacher

Asela Eatenson was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and began traveling throughout the United States at age eight to receive ballet training at the most prestigious schools in the country. She studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary, Houston Ballet under Stanton Welch and Shelly Powers, the Kirov Academy of Ballet under Martin Freedman, the International City School of Ballet under Georne Aucoin, the American Ballet Theatre under Franco De Vita, the Bolshoi Academy, and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. At fifteen she decided to focus on her academic career and began teaching private ballet lessons as well as group classes at Center City Ballet and Movement Arts and DanceFX in Athens, Georgia. She is trained in the Vaganova (Russian) method of dance and is also well versed in the Cecchetti (Italian) and RAD (Great Britain) methodologies as well as the Balanchine style. She attended the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as one of only six students total, and the only dancer, chosen from Clarke County. She also trains and performs with Canopy Studio in Athens, where she incorporates her dancing into aerial work. She currently attends Barnard College in New York City and dances with the Columbia University Ballet Ensemble, serving on their board as a repetiteur.


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Janet gilling Robertson
intermediate Ballet ii

Janet Gilling Robertson trained with Valentina Belova of the Antwerp Ballet, Stanley Zompakos of New York City Ballet, and was coached by Anna Sokolow and Ernestine Stodelle for modern dance roles. She holds an A.F.A. in dance from Sullins College, a B.A. in art, and a M.A.T. from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Robertson has served on the Georgia Council for the Arts, as Assistant Director for Athens Ballet Theatre, guest teacher in Kaosiung (Taiwan) and the East Athens Educational Dance Center, and received the Dance Athens 2004 Award for Excellence. She has acted in mediation videos, Adrian Kaye's Stillwater, and is an actress and scenic artist with the Town & Gown Players. Robertson was an adjunct faculty member in the University of Georgia's department of dance from 1985 to 2009, where she is now senior lecturer emerita.


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Marianne Hale
Beginner Ballet and Intermediate ballet i

Marianne Hale pursued a degree in dance education from the University of Georgia after receiving ballet training from some of the most influential ballet masters in the Southeast, including Stanley Zompakos and Ron Colton, among others. After opportunities led her to Augusta, GA, and Virginia Beach, VA, Marianne returned home to direct the Athens School of Ballet and Athens Ballet Theatre from 1986 to 2005. She was involved in the selection process for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as an interviewer, adjudicator, and instructor for audition classes from 1991 to 2000. Marianne has supported her home community by serving on various boards and committees including the Clarke County School District Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Morton Theatre Corporation. She is passionate about reaching students of all skill levels and carrying on the tradition of excellent ballet training imparted to her by her mentors. After serving as Ballet Program Director for Freedom of Movement and Studio Dance Academy, Marianne is excited to join the staff of Center City Ballet and Movement Arts.


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Peggy Thrasher Law
Modern technique and choreography lab

Peggy Thrasher Law holds the MFA degree in dance from Florida State University. She grew up in Athens and studied at the University of Georgia in both the departments of English and dance, combining her love of story and movement. A choreographer, dancer, and educator for more than 35 years, Peggy has taught in the departments of dance and drama at UGA, the Academy Theatre School for the Performing Arts, and Georgia College & State University. She was a guest artist in Modern dance technique and composition with the Dance Educators of Georgia, the Georgia Governor's Honors program, and the American College Dance Festival. She cofounded Wingspace Dance Theatre, and her choreography has been commissioned by the Academy Theatre for Youth, Moving in the Spirit, Athens Ballet Theatre, and UGA’s CORE Dance company as well as Art Rocks Athens. Coached for performances by Ernestine Stodelle, Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham, and Rachel Lampert, Peggy has danced with several companies including Dance South, Dance Repertory Theatre, and Louise Udaykee & Co. Long influenced by her Athens mentors, poet Coleman Barks and dance professor Danna Frangione, her teaching method cultivates the artistic spirit of the dancer by using poetic imagery to facilitate the student’s kinesthetic understanding. 


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Elisha Hodgin
Hip Hop Pilates

Elisha grew up doing theater and dance here in Georgia. She graduated in 2010 from Georgia College & State University with her Bachelor of Arts in theater. After teaching Zumba classes in downtown Atlanta she found and fell in love with Pilates. It was the first form of exercise that corrected and strengthened the weaknesses in her body. After doing a 6-week Pilates intensive she went on to get her mat certification through SCW Fitness Education. She decided to put her love for music into her work and mix hip hop with contemporary Pilates routines. She has been teaching in Atlanta for the past few years at Creative Loafing's Best Pilates Studio in Atlanta, 2 years running: The DailyShe has also studied the Pilates reformer and received her first level certification. She moved to Athens to begin studying physical therapy and is already in love with her new town and community. 


Nicolás Ayala (aka Intermediario Muralha)
Maculelê Capoeira

 


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Cundy Bryson
center city flow and Authentic movement 

Cundy Bryson is a movement therapist and has been practicing and teaching Yoga and Authentic Movement for more than 20 years. Her love of movement began in ballet class at age four, and she discovered yoga at age fourteen. As a college student in Virginia Carver's legendary Improvisational Movement class, she was introduced to the work of Mary Starks Whitehouse, one of the founders of movement therapy. She received her master's degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. It was there that seeds were planted for a lifetime of somatic study. Her studio, Luminosity, is located in Watkinsville. She offers private movement sessions that include meditation, yoga, and breathing practices. Cundy is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Pre- and Postnatal Yoga, and Yin Yoga.  

 


CATHY RUMFELT
ALLEGRO MUSIC 

Cathy Rumfelt started singing and playing the piano at a young age, attended music camp for many years, performed in musical theater productions throughout high school and college, and sang and played the keyboards in a local band after graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in English education. Cathy received her master’s degree in English from Georgia State University and has more than 13 years of experience as an educator. She was as an English teacher for 11 years at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia, where she was awarded “Teacher of the Year.” After having her son, Cathy started attending music classes with him and soon started teaching at The Music Class in Suwanee, Georgia. She loved the curriculum and the teaching philosophies, but most of all she loved sharing music with her music class students and their families. Cathy moved to Athens with her husband Wes and their two children, Jack and Olive, in 2014 and began teaching Allegro Music here soon thereafter.


chappell coleman jackson
creative movement, tap, Jazz

Chappell Coleman Jackson was born and raised in Macon, GA and began training at the age of 5 under the direction of her mother, the late Lisa P. Coleman of Danceworks Studio, and Jean Evans Weaver of Dance Arts Studio. While an active member of the arts community, Chappell danced with Nutcracker of Middle Georgia and was a member of Theatre Macon's Youth Actors Company as dance captain and ensemble member and served as choreographer, dance captain, and performer for various community theatres and local organizations including Alzheimer's Association Dancing Stars of Central Georgia. She also attended and competed at Starbound, Showstopper, and Dance in Disney Shoes conventions and competitions. She continued her training in the summers at Steps on Broadway. Chappell studied Theatre Arts and Dance at Valdosta State University and graduated with a BFA in Speech Communication/Public Relations with a Minor in Theatre Arts in 2010. After graduating and moving to Athens, Chappell had the joy of teaching ballet, tap, and jazz with Studio Dance and is thrilled to join the CCBMA family.


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Katherine godbee
Pre-ballet, classical variations

Katherine Godbee trained at Dance Arts in Valdosta, Georgia, since age two under the direction of Ms. Linda C. Chase and Mrs. Allison Shenton. She has studied ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She was also an assistant teacher at Dance Arts for two years, instructing a 4- and 5-year-old tap and ballet and primary 2 tap and ballet. In addition to her teaching, she started an after-school jazz and ballet dance program for first through fifth grade students at the Boys and Girls Club. Katherine has also attended summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, and Florida State University. She was selected to attend the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as a dance major, where she focused on choreography and performance under the direction of Mr. Peter Swan and Ms. Rhonda Price. Katherine has danced several lead roles in The Nutcracker, including Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Clara, Russian Duet, and Columbine Doll. She is a second-year student at the University of Georgia studying exercise science and dance and hopes to one day become a therapist and trainer for a dance company.


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PAIGE COLE
Community flow yoga

Paige Cole began practicing yoga in 2000 with Rev. Manjula Spears. She completed her 200-hour yoga certification at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014 and most recently completed a Yin certification with Shala Worsley. Paige loves running, hiking, and kayaking, but over-activity has led her to repeated injury. Health issues have encouraged her to practice yoga in a way that allows for space to be freed up in the body and the mind to promote and maintain wellbeing. By day Paige teaches high school and recently completed a PhD advocating for unstructured space in the crowded lives of teachers and students. She lives in Athens with her husband and two intense terriers. 


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molly daniel
lunchtime beginner adult ballet

Molly Daniel grew up dancing at Huntington Dance Theatre in West Virginia. She also trained under Mrs. Ella Hay at the Art Center School of Dance. Her dance background is mostly informed by ballet technique and modern, and she has studied under David Howard, Duncan Noble, Bob Vickrey, Donald Laney, Shane Irwin, and Kate Trammel. Molly's favorite rolls include the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Pas De Deux from Spartacus. While pursuing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition (with a focus on digital dance) in Tallahassee, she danced with former Radio City Rockette Ashley Adams’ Dance Tallahassee (a studio and company exclusively for adult dancers) and taught a variety of classes and intensives at Hannah Bergstrom School of Dance. In 2015, Molly completed her yoga certification and began teaching hot yoga. In the Spring of 2016, she added aerial yoga to her certifications. In 2016 Molly secured a position as professor at the University of North Georgia. She introduced aerial yoga to North Georgia as a yoga teacher at Flip Your Dog Yoga Center in Gainesville.


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Sarah Allgood
Aerial YOGA 

Sarah Allgood is from eastern North Carolina, where she spent much of her childhood practicing ballet and playing soccer. After moving to Athens in 2005, she instantly fell in love with the Classic City and also started practicing yoga at various studios around town. In 2013 she moved to Augusta, where she tried her first Aerial Yoga class and immediately got hooked, completing her Aerial Yoga teacher training at Space Yoga Institute of Health and Wellness. After moving to Charlotte, NC, Sarah practiced at AIR Aerial Fitness. She and her husband are now back in Athens, where they enjoy spending time outside with their two pups, finding the best bites and sips around town, and cheering for the Bulldogs on Saturdays. Sarah practices yoga because it empowers her to find balance and peace, while encouraging and challenging her physically and mentally. 


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genie wiggins
contemporary 

Genie Wiggins graduated with honors in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. She also studied Creative Expression at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. She has served as the Director of Dance at the Academy of Performing and Visual Arts at Shuman Middle School in Savannah and as Director of Dance at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville. Genie acted as adjudicator for the Professional Dance Teacher’s Association National Dance Competition and Stars of Tomorrow Dance Competition. She has taught at numerous studios throughout the Southeast, performing in a variety of productions and choreographing award-winning pieces along the way. In 2010, she received the DanceAthens award for excellence for her contributions to the Athens dance community. As an accomplished filmmaker, Genie was chosen in 2011 to create a music video for the Foo Fighter's Grammy Award winning album, "Wasting Light."  She has worked extensively directing creative arts programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and as a special educator. She is currently the director of the dance program at George Walton Academy in Monroe. Genie is thrilled to be a part of the CCBMA faculty!