Faculty

LORRAINE DAVIS

Lorraine Davis began her diverse dance training at age 7 with the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts. There she had the great opportunity to study with Doris Russell herself, one of the original Rockettes to perform in New York City. She continued her studies under the direction of Magdalena Maury at The Studio – Home of The Georgia Youth Ballet Company, of which she was a founding member. There she studied with prestigious teachers such as Jonsie Pollock, Finis Jung, Tom Clower, Julianne Kepley, Carol Skutek, Ellie Lazar and Alicia Alonso. Lorraine also spent many summers at ballet intensives such as Ballet Magnificat! and Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, under the direction of nationally recognized master ballet instructor Magda Aunon.

Looking to further her dance career, at age 15 she accepted a highly coveted spot as a student in the pre professional program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, receiving many opportunities to grow as a dancer and performer. Lorraine then continued her training, on a full scholarship, to Brenau University, in Dance Performance.

Then, for 9 years, Lorraine taught ballet, modern and jazz with the Classical Dance Theatre, under the direction of Yasmin Hassaan. There she was also a principle dancer with the Southeastern Ballet Company, a professional company directed by Ms. Hassaan.

In addition to teaching ballet, jazz and modern, at Dance Contempra, for the past 5 years, Lorraine was also an instructor at Woodward Academy. There she has worked with the Honors Dance Program, for 4 years, teaching and choreographing original works. She continues to choreograph pieces, including one which won her the Grassroots Award for Choreography. In addition to teaching at surrounding studios, Lorraine gives private instruction as well as creating independent choreography. She continues to perform professionally and is currently part of the Southern Arc Dance Theater professional company, under the direction of Paulo Manso de Sousa. Lorraine is enthusiastically looking forward to her first year teaching with both Studio D and Southern Arc Dance.