Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre (RMDT) was founded by Atlanta dance pioneer Ruth Mitchell in 1956 and is proudly one of Georgia's oldest non-profit arts organizations. Through Ms. Mitchell's leadership and creativity, RMDT became well known as a leading provider of quality dance performances and dance training in the Southeast. Upon Ruth Mitchell's retirement in 1999, Lisa Toups was named artistic director of Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre. Under Ms. Toups' guidance, RMDT continued to expand its repertoire in the areas of jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. In celebration of its 55th season, the company's name was changed to what it is today: GA Metro Dance Theatre (GMDT).
In 2014, Ashleigh Whitworth was named as artistic director of GMDT. As a previous dance student of both Ruth Mitchell and Lisa Toups, Ms. Whitworth strives to continue the legacy of providing high quality dance training and performances in Metro Atlanta, as well as to educate, cultivate, and inspire through dance. Gray Stoner was appointed as assistant artistic director in 2016 and named associate artistic director in 2021.
GA Metro Dance Theatre is housed in the studios of Georgia Dance Conservatory on the historic Marietta Square. The company produces three major productions a year, which include cutting-edge dance works as well as classical ballets. The company has also proudly produced many dancers who have danced professionally with companies including The Atlanta Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, and The Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as on Broadway. GA Metro Dance Theatre aims to continue celebrating life through dance for many more years to come!
GMDT dancers train under the guidance of exceptionally qualified teachers at Georgia Dance Conservatory (GDC) located on the Historic Marietta Square. Additionally, our dancers benefit from training with award-winning choreographers, professional performers, and seasoned technical and creative staff from across the nation. Master classes in all forms of dance are offered throughout the year.
Georgia Dance Conservatory, Marietta's Premier Ballet and Dance Studio for all ages!