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City Barbeque Fundraiser for Decatur City Dance

March 6, 2021

On Sunday, March 14, 2021 at City Barbeque Decatur, we’ll get 20% of the proceeds from every order we bring in!

Ordering in person? Show this message to the cashier at checkout (either a printout or just on your phone).

Ordering online? Use code FundA at checkout at for pickup or delivery on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Ordering over the phone? Ask to apply code FundA when you provide your payment information.

Want to increase your impact? Place a group order online: a bigger order for you means a bigger donation for us! Start a group order at, send the link around the office, and be a hero (to both us and your coworkers). Just remember to use code FundA at checkout!

Remember: all orders have to be picked up or delivered on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from City Barbeque Decatur for it to count toward our fundraiser.

Thanks for your support!

Cashier: Fundraiser A

Let’s Tap! 2021 - TOGETHER WE RISE

February 23, 2021

As the director of the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers tap companies of Decatur City Dance, I am very excited to present the 8th annual production of Let’s Tap! Our hoofers, along with our guest performers the Rug Cutters, directed by Birda Ringstad, are ready to share their hard work and talent in this year’s online format.

During the summer of 2020, while I was locked down in my home, the time had come to choose a theme for the 2021 production of Let’s Tap. I must say it was difficult to see myself in March of 2021 presenting a joyful, entertaining experience. I, we, the community and the country were in the midst of a pandemic, social injustice awakening, and a very divided country. I had to shift my focus to my company members to envision what our journey would be when our season began in August 2020 through the unknown of March 2021. I was clear that we had to get through this journey “Together” and we had to “Rise” above the struggles of health, masks, Zoom, loss of in-person schooling, sports and social interactions. Out of that narrow focus emerged the 2021 Let’s Tap theme TOGETHER WE RISE. Each dance in the show represents the various ways we come together as people and how that support, love and acceptance holds us up and makes us ALL stronger. My hope is that our performing company of students, mothers, healthcare workers, brothers, sisters, community members, US citizens, and world citizens will touch the hearts of all that watch with a laugh or a tear and remind us all that TOGETHER WE RISE. We invite you to stream with us March 26th through the 28th and please be ready to join us for the Shim Sham at the end of the show!

Let’s Tap!

Kyme Hersi-Sallid

Streaming Friday, March 26-Sunday March 28, 2021

Click here to purchase tickets.

Everything Is Obvious - A Digital Dance Event

January 21, 2021

Join Decatur City Dance for a contemporary and modern dance performance exploring all things obvious.

Masks and zoom classes are the new normal for this group of dancers, but they are happy to continue to have the opportunity to bring art to the community. Join Decatur City Dance for an evening length performance rooted in the acceptance that what was, no longer is. Explore exertion, the female experience, and the simple joy of being together with the dancers of Junior, Apprentice, and BareGrounds in this virtual event, streaming February 12-14.

Click here to purchase tickets.

The streaming link will be made available on Friday, 2/12/2021.

Fundraiser for DCD at City Barbeque

November 1, 2020

"New Phases" a DCD Dance Film

Soundtracked by the music of Danny Bevins - release date Spring 2021

October 8, 2020

Due to the unique performance restrictions placed on performing entities during the era of COVID-19, Decatur City Dance has been hard at work to ensure that our dancers are as engaged and as busy as they would be during a “normal” year. We are excited to announce a dance film collaboration between Decatur City Dance and the music of Danny Bevins titled “New Phases”. Unlike a music video, the dancers and their choreography will be the central focus, with Danny Bevins as a narrative symbolic figure throughout. Each of the selected tracks from Danny’s last three albums creates different spatial patterns and movement ideas allowing the film will move through a variety of movement genres. Dancers from all six performing companies under the DCD umbrella, as well as professional dancers from the community will participate in this endeavor. The film, shot primarily outside in small groups, embraces our current times and lifestyles using the thematic elements of love, valuing one’s legacy and point of view, and a multitude 2020 events. Dancers and performers will wear face masks, both as a statement in support of masks and for safety. This project will culminate in a socially distanced outdoor showing for the community, creating a performance of sorts for our dancers and their work during the fall season. We are so excited to get back to creating with the dancers, and are eager to embrace this new way of getting work to our audiences in Decatur and beyond!

This project, and others, certainly would not be possible without our donors! If this project is of interest to you and your family, please make a tax deductible donation here!

Decatur City Dance presents "Let's Tap!"

February 13, 2020

Decatur City Dance presents LET’S TAP! A Tribute To Movie Musicals. Saturday March 7th at 7:00pm & March 8th at 2:00pm.

A movie musical can bring up fond memories from our childhoods, or there may be a musical we currently watch over and over again. Please join the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers tap companies, with guest performances from the Rug Cutters, for an evening of toe-tapping tributes to award winning movie musicals and the iconic performers who made them spectacular. You will enjoy performances from iconic films like The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Fred Astaire’s Top Hat. Do not miss our tribute to Gene Kelly with a performance of his original choreography from Singin’ In The Rain. There will be special moments from classic films like West Side Story and Guys and Dolls, and be prepared to sing along with timeless tunes from Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Let’s Tap will also thrill contemporary movie musical lovers with dances from Chicago, Dreamgirls, Mama Mia, Hairspray and The Greatest Showman. Bring your tap shoes and join the performers on stage when they perform the Shim Sham at the end of the show. This event will thrill movie musical lovers of all ages! Don’t miss it!

Tickets go on sale February 10, 2020, $15 adults, $10 students (18 and under) and seniors (65+).  Purchase tickets online at or from one of the performers.

Performances will be held at Drew Charter School Performing Arts Theater

300 Eva Davis Way (at the corner of 2nd avenue and Alston Drive, back of campus), Atlanta, GA 30317 LET’S TAP!!!!


Visit Seat Yourself to purchase your tickets.

Click here to view the flyer.

Ties That Bind

January 30, 2020

On February 1st and 2nd, 2020, Decatur City Dance will present “Ties That Bind,” an immersive production which explores the many ways humans connect.This collaborative work features all six performing entities of Decatur City Dance connecting the ties of friendship, conflict, family and even connections at the cellular level. You won't want to miss this creative and unique view of the many facets which bind us together. Tickets are on sale now!!!


Visit Seat Yourself to purchase your tickets.

Click here to view flyer.

Parking Directions to Drew Center for the Arts Theater

January 30, 2020

Use the address 300 Eva Davis Way, Atlanta, GA 30317 in your GPS or map app.

From Decatur, take Candler Road to Memorial Drive. Take a right onto Memorial Drive.

Turn left onto 2nd Avenue. Turn right onto Campus Drive to enter the campus.

Take the first left into the parking lot. After parking, follow the signs along the right side

of the main building to the theater--a separate building behind the main building.

Please do not cut through the main school building.

Click here to view map.

Come see your teachers and your assistants perform in "Ties That Bind"!

January 30, 2020

On Saturday, February 1 at 7pm and Sunday, February 2 at 1pm and 4pm you will have the opportunity to see many familiar faces onstage. There is nothing better than to watch those who spend time with your dancers week after week training them to be onstage as well. You will have the opportunity to see Mr. Danny, Ms Leigh, Ms Meg, Ms Eliza and Ms Monique perform in works by Ms Leslie, Ms Kyme, Ms Daphanie and Ms Toya, alongside assistants Ms Elise, Ms Grace Ford, Ms Claire, Ms Lucy, Ms Camille, Ms Grace Cox and Ms Abigail.


January 30, 2020

Ties that Bind tickets are on sale now at Click here to visit SeatYourself site to purchase your tickets. In addition, you can purchase tickets directly from any company dancer.

Let’s Tap! A Tribute to Movie Musicals

March 7-8, 2019

On March 7th and 8th 2020, Decatur City Dance will present “Let’s Tap! A Tribute to Movie Musicals.” Members of the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers, as well as guest artists The Rug Cutters (the resident teen swing company of Decatur School of Ballet) will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping as they pay tribute to our favorite movie musicals. Both of these performances will take place at the Performing Arts Theater of Drew Charter School. Stay tuned for ticket info!

Community Connection

December 2019

One of the missions of Decatur School of Ballet and Decatur City Dance is community outreach. On Thursday, December 12th, dancers from the Apprentice and Junior Ensembles, Junior Rhythm Keepers and The Rug Cutters performed selected works for the delighted residents of Clairmont Place Retirement Community. Bravo to these dancers for bringing the art of dance out into the community.

Parents’ Night Out

December 7, 2019

Help support Decatur City Dance while taking some time for yourself! Do a little Holiday shopping, going out to dinner, see a movie, spend some quiet time at home or whatever else suits your fancy.

Saturday, December 7th, 6-10pm

Open to dancers ages 5-12 currently enrolled at DSOB

Snacks and activities provided

DCD company dancers will lead activities


Twain’s Dine Out

November 12, 2019

On Tuesday, November 12th from 5pm-9pm – Decatur City Dance will receive 10% of the sales. So everyone go eat at this wonderful Downtown Decatur restaurant and support DCD!

Mother Goose is Back!

November 9-10, 2019

By popular demand (and with a twist), Decatur City Dance will present "A Day with Mother Goose - New Goose" on Saturday, November 9 at 7pm and Sunday, November 10 at 2pm, at the Drew Center for the Arts Theater. This delightful adaptation of the Mother Goose Rhymes is perfect for the entire family. Visit for ticket purchase and additional information.

Come see Mr. Danny (Male Dance for Music Theater; Conditioning for Dancers) and Monica Garcia Bradley as they bring to life the characters of "Tom" and "Mother Goose" in Decatur City Dance's production of "A Day with Mother Goose - New Goose." You may also get a glimpse of Ms Claire (who assist Ms Toya's jazz classes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4pm) and Ms Lucy (who assists Ms Birda's Beginning Tap on Mondays at 4pm)!

Haints n’ Saints

October 2019

Thank you to DCD dancers Callia Alandete, Emily Brunton, Bailey Carr, Mischa Fedak, Elise Froneberger, Lydia Hamby, Libby Quick, Lola Russell, and Annaleah Seufert, who participated in the “Haints and Saints Parade” in Downtown Decatur on Sunday, October 27th!


September 15, 2019

Come see Cathy Clemenceau, Lucy Culpepper, Izzy Enloe, Lydia Hamby, and Audrey Markham (all Decatur City Dance Dancers) perform the "Gypsy Dance" staged by Ms. Meg Gourley in the Peach State Opera's presentation of CARMEN on Sunday, September 15th at 3pm.

Decatur City Dance

September 2019

Did you know that Decatur School of Ballet has a resident performing dance company? Decatur City Dance is in its 67thseason. Over 50 Decatur School of Ballet students have reached an elite level of dance and have been selected through an audition process to be members of the company. Dancers who excel in ballet, jazz, modern and tap make up the 4 student groups – Apprentice Ensemble, Junior Ensemble, BareGrounds and Junior Rhythm Keepers. Also under the company umbrella are the Rhythm Keepers, an adult tap company, as well as AboutFace, the professional contemporary modern and jazz company. Decatur City Dance is a not-for-profit organization which is solely funded by dues, donations and grants. DCD was recently awarded a grant by the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, to be presented at the Decatur Business Association meeting in December. DCD is also selling car magnets, for $10 per magnet, and planing other fundraising activities throughout the season. Please visit our website to purchase tickets or to donate.

DCD Swag is Here!

October 8, 2019

The DCD Swag campaign is open and ready for you to shop!  Every purchase supports DCD's fundraising efforts. Our goal is to sell 100 items and to raise around $1,000. The more we sell, the more money we raise. The campaign runs through October 21. If you haven't bought your swag by then, you've missed out.

Pick out and purchase your items at the link below, and your items will ship directly to you.

Here is the link to shop! Forward it to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, doctors, lawyers, preachers, rabbis, vets, teachers, principals, you get the idea. The more we sell, the more money we raise!

Thank you for all you do to support DCD. Fundraising is critical at this time, and we are grateful for a supportive community! Click here for more >>

Support Decatur City Dance while you enjoy a delicious meal at gusto!

June 8, 2019

Plan to have dinner at gusto! on Wednesday, June 12, and support Decatur City Dance, the resident dance company of Decatur School of Ballet!

Between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM, gusto! will donate 10% of revenue to Decatur City Dance.  Be sure to mention you're there to support DCD!

gusto! is located at 1545 Church St, in the Whole Foods 365 shopping center. Click here for more >> 


February 9-10, 2019

Join Decatur City Dance as they mark the first DCD show dedicated to Contemporary and Modern Dance, LIFT. Toe tap to quick and classy jazz, ponder the artful movement of modern and nod your head to the bass driven beat of hip hop. LIFT will raise your spirit and elevate your mind! Co-producers Daphanie Scandrick and Toya Willingham set out to create a show which celebrates different styles and ideas while pushing the limits of DCD dancers and advancing the scope of their bodies capabilities. LIFT boasts ten pieces from six talented and diverse choreographers. The show will also present professional level work by AboutFace and soulstar, proving that dance continues for a lifetime. Click here for more > 

Classic 2 Contemporary

November 10 & 11, 2018

Presented by Apprentice and Junior Ensembles of Decatur City Dance...

Classic 2 Contemporary

On November 10th at 6:30pm and November 11th at 2pm, Decatur City Dance will kick off its 66th Season presenting “Classic 2 Contemporary” in the Uhry Theater at Druid Hills High School. The performances will feature new and revived contemporary repertoire works by Artistic Director Leslie Palmer Gourley, DCD alum Meg Gourley and Associate Director Jessica Reese, as well as Heather Yates’ restaging of classic highlights from the romantic divertissement Pas de Quatre, and classical era ballets Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Paquita and Raymonda. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 15th. For more information please call (404) 378-3388 or visit

Join Us for Performances in the Upcoming 2018/2019 Season...

Classic 2 Contemporary presented by Apprentice and Junior Ensembles of Decatur City Dance November 10th & 11th, 2018.

Winter Concert presented by Apprentice and Junior Ensembles, BareGrounds and AboutFace of Decatur City Dance in February 2019.

Let’s Tap! presented by the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers in April 2019.

Swingtime in Decatur presented by Decatur School of Ballet featuring the Rug Cutters (teen swing dance group) in May 2019.

Annual Performance presented by Decatur School of Ballet on May 18th, 2019.

Join us for lots of dance this season!

October 2, 2017

Once Upon a Time . . . presented by the Apprentice and Junior Ensembles of Decatur City Dance in November 2017 Winter Dance presented by the Apprentice and Junior Ensembles of Decatur City Dance in February 2018 Let’s Tap! presented by the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers of Decatur City Dance in April 2018 Swingtime! presented by Decatur School of Ballet in April 2018 featuring the Rug Cutters (teen swing dance group) Celebrating 70 Years! presented by Decatur School of Ballet on May 19, 2018


October 1, 2016

Dear Friends, We would like to personally invite you to join AboutFace Artistic Director, Toya Willingham and guest choreographer, Daphanie Scandrick for a collaborative dance performance, Are & Be. Join us Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th at the Sams Street Studio (141 Sams Street, Decatur GA). Doors open at 7:30 pm and the performance begins at 8:00. Arrive early for a visual tour of the rehearsal experience, music, and a complimentary beverage. Tickets are available at the door ($20 for adults; $15 for patrons under 21). Why do we choose to silence ourselves? Conceal our struggles? Why can't we always make the best out of a difficult situation? Why can't we accept that it is, what it is... Are & Be investigates the experiences that leave us questioning our place in the world. The journey of life exposes faults, accomplishments, frustrations, and joys. Through it all, we aim to find satisfaction with our current state of being.  We hope to see you there! Best Regards, Are & Be Artists