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Founded in 1981, Atlanta Dance Theatre (ADT) has been bringing professional quality dance to the North Atlanta community for 37 years.  Atlanta Dance Theatre’s repertoire includes both classics and original innovative works.  ADT is committed to performance, dance education and our community.  ADT strives to the highest standards in our artistry and measures success by our ability to share the love of our art with our community.

 Artistic Director - Shelley Grames


Shelley has been teaching dance in the metro Atlanta area for 18 years. After dancing professionally with Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, the Gainesville Ballet Company and several companies in the Southeast, she served as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre and became an award winning choreographer. Her thirst for knowledge, love of the dancer, and attention to the details of technique set her achievements apart. Shelley has worked with all ages of students through professionals. She is known to foster students through all the triumphs and trials in dance, making her a favorite with her students. Many of whom have gone on to receive college dance scholarships and engage in professional careers. Shelley has trained and coached students to compete in ballet competitions, auditions, pageants, full-length ballets, and even inspired them to give their time to charity or benefit performances.

Founding Director - Jonnie Kelley

March 5, 1938- May 2, 2018

Jonnie received her early training in Atlanta, New York City and the National Ballet School in Canada.  In 1981, she formed Atlanta Dance Theatre, which resides at The Dancer's Studio/Backstage.  Jonnie instructed at many major dance organizations and was active in several arts organizations.  Her credits included regional ballet, musical comedy productions, dinner theaters and touring groups, both as a performer and a choreographer.

Atlanta Dance Theatre's Board of Directors provides direction and support to the company throughout the year.  We are grateful for the time and talent each of these individuals contributes.

Artistic Director

Shelley Grames


Paige Lee


Laura Jesseph


Cathy Daly




Eleanor Capozzola

Matthew Crawford

Cristine Schulz

Matt Sharp

Sarah Lubatkin, Ex officio member