Nutcracker Ballet - Atlanta (GA)

Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech
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About Host Studio: Atlanta Professional Dance Academy

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Atlanta children from the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy. The Atlanta Professional Dance Academy was founded by Wei Dongsheng who started his ballet career in 1979 with the Beijing Dance Academy in China. He soon became a leading Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of China where he received many awards. After moving to the United States, he became Principal Dancer with the Atlanta Ballet. He is in the China and USA National Register “Who is who” and Board of Director for the Ballet International and the founder and director for the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy. 

The school is an international cultural and arts connection company led by Mr. Wei Dongsheng. The studio offers exceptional training in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas De Duex and Modern, Hip Hop and Chinese Folk Dance as minor supporting course for dance for age 5 through adult, with an over 10,000 square feet beautiful facility. The school presents full-length ballet production of Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker in every school year providing opportunities for students of all levels to perform on stage. APDA was in NBC’s America’s Got Talent production and went all the way to live show with its famous team, “Jasmine Flowers Dance Team.” APDA provides the basic needs for the next generation of artists in a disciplined yet encouraging atmosphere.

About The Robert Ferst Center for the Arts

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Atlanta! The Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, located in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, serves as a showcase for the presentation of concerts, lectures, dance, film, and theater. Filled with activity year-round, it is designed to provide a wealth of diverse and enriching opportunities for both Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta community. The idea for the Ferst Center became a reality when the Callaway Foundation donated $3.75 million (of the $7.5 million total) for a new three-building project on campus and successfully challenged the State of Georgia to match the donation. The Center officially opened on April 13, 1992, with a dedication performance by world-renowned pianist Andre Watts. Originally named the Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts, the Center was renamed in memory of alumnus Robert Ferst, a man who gave his time, talents, financial support, and heart to his alma mater.