Lisa A. Toups is an experienced and award winning teacher and choreographer. She is certified by Dance Masters of America and her choreography has been featured by the Southeast Regional Ballet Association. She was recognized at the International Dance Festival in Los Angeles, California for her dedication to the art of dance, her unique style of choreography and her promotion of anti-violence through dance. Several of Ms. Toups’ students have performed, professionally, with leading dance companies and on Broadway. She has coached students into the finals of the Youth Grand Prix and other technical dance competitions. Whether it is a full scholarship to a dance college or acceptance into a professional company, her students are consistently prepared for any dance endeavor they choose. Ms. Toups is an adjunct faculty member of Pebblebrook High School of Performing Arts in Cobb County and has been the featured jazz instructor for the Georgia Governor’s Honor Program. She serves on the advisory board of the Kennesaw State University Dance Department. Ms. Toups is currently the Artistic Director of the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre and the Director of Georgia Dance Conservatory, both located in Marietta.
Miss McBeth began her dance career in her state of California where she studied with Richard Nordt RAD and Madam Maria Bekefi. In 1968 she became a member of The Royal Academy of Dance. In 1972 she was invited to join The Atlanta Ballet by Artistic Director, Robert Barnett where she was principal dancer for 13 years. In addition to many Balanchine ballets, she danced the title role in Tom Pazik’s :Cinderella” and “The Girl” in Todd Bolender’s “The Still Point’, which is considered to be her signature piece. She continued her career as Ballet Mistress for the Atlanta Ballet II, and performed as a guest artist with her partner Ron Jones until their retirement in 1997. In 1992 she became Associate Artistic Director of Capital City Ballet with Tom Pazik and continued as Artistic Director until 1999. Miss McBeth has taught all over the Southeast including the GA Governors Honors Program,and the 50th Anniversary SERBA Festival as well as many summer intensives. As Trustee for the Choreography of Tom Pazik, Miss McBeth has had the privilege of staging his ballets all over the country.
Ellen Hall began her classical ballet training in Oak Ridge, Tennessee under the instruction of Joan Kunsch. She had the opportunity to travel and study under John Barker in NYC, Jorge Salavisa of the London Gala Ballet, and the internationally rennound ballerina and teacher, Anna Marie Holmes. Ellen has danced major roles in Coppelia, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Giselle, and the Nutcracker. She has also done a lot of Professional musical comedy. Ellen is delighted to be in her tenth year as a ballet teacher at GDC.
Michele Ziemann-DeVos has been teaching ballet to students for 23 years. She was the School Director at The Georgia Ballet from 1996 until 2013. In the last ten years of her tenure, she worked alongside Artistic Director Gina Hyatt-Mazon (former principal dancer of the Hamburg Ballet) until Ms. Hyatt-Mazon’s return to Germany in 2013 to become the Deputy Director of the world-renowned School of the Hamburg Ballet. Together, they built a school that became noted regionally and nationally during that time for its highly recognizable fine training, as well as the definable artistry of its pre-professional students. Ms. Ziemann-DeVos trained with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay in Chicago, at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and on scholarship at the Pennsylvania Ballet. She performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Des Moines Ballet and The Georgia Ballet. Ms. Ziemann-DeVos has completed the teacher training course at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. This world-wide critically acclaimed syllabus and method, developed by founder Marcia Dale Weary, has been used by CPYB for nearly six decades to train hundreds of students to professional ballet careers.