EXCITING News- We are pleased to announce this season's new Artistic Director: Jessica Saund

The Atlanta Dance Academy is committed to providing a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet to students who have a desire to dance. With the talents cultivated at TADA, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through TADA’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. Located in Atlanta, GA, the 7,500 square foot facility boasts state-of- the-art studios with sprung floors, Harlequin Marley, and a Black Box theater performance space with seating for ~170.

TADA’s Pre-Professional Training Program:

  • The program will focus on superior classical ballet training, developing strong technique, and a beautiful sense of musicality and artistry, all of which are required to become a successful, professional ballet dancer.

  • The program includes opportunities to perform and compete at prestigious international ballet competitions, including YAGP, IBC (Varna), and Jackson, Mississippi IBC.

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Who is eligible to apply?

  • Intermediate to advanced level male and female ballet students (ages 12+).

  • Those who are home schooled or in an academic program with flexibility, willing and able to commit to a 9-month training season from August 2018- May 2019.

  • Tuition. $550/month. $50 Registration Fee.

  • Schedule: Monday-Friday 10:00-2:30 pm daily

General Audition Information

Admission into the Pre-Professional Training Program is by audition only.

Applicants must submit:

  • A headshot (women hair in a bun)

  • First arabesque photo

  • Resume

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Remote/Distance Auditions

Students who are unable to attend an audition in person may audition by sending a video to k.jacobson@tadaatlanta.com

Audition video must be no longer than 10 minutes in length and include:

  • Barre: Grand Plié, Grand Battement, and Adagio on Relevé

  • Center: Adagio, Pirouette, Petite Allégro and Grande Allégro, en pointe (when appropriate)

  • One solo: (Not mandatory) in practice clothes

EXCITING News: New Artistic Director, Jessica Saund; Founding Director, Momchil Mladenov

Artistic Director: Jessica Saund began her early dance studies with California Ballet, and continued her training on full scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. In 1996, she joined the Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day. That same year, Ms. Saund took the Gold Medal in the junior division at the 2nd International Ballet Competition in South America. In 1999, she was invited to study with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris before joining the English National Ballet, where she remained for 5 years. In 2006, she entered American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Saund has performed in every full-length ballet in the classical repertoire. She has performed leading roles in the works of George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, and John Cranko, and has worked with and/or created roles for many of the greatest living choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky. About our Founding Director: Momchil Mladenov is a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Bulgaria and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. A native of Bulgaria, Mr. Mladenov trained in the Vaganova Method at the National School of Ballet in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1984 to 1993. In 1997 he earned a B.A. degree from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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