The Anthony Burrell Center for Dance (ABCD) is a multifaceted dance institution positioned to become Atlanta’s premier dance studio for pre-professional dancers and elite rehearsal space of touring artists and dancers. Founded by Hollywood Choreographer and Artistic Director Anthony Burrell, ABCD utilizes its associations with top choreographers, dance educators, and industry professionals to help shape the Art with culture, diversity, and rigor.

ABCD is dedicated to becoming the epicenter for dance education, teaching students from ages 2 to Adult, professional level dancers, and offering rehearsal space for entertainers. This cultural hybrid for Atlanta talent will also national headquarters of Anthony Burrell's successful summer program Breaking Barriers, providing free dance classes, seminars, and workshops for deserving youth.



The weekly curriculum includes a daily ballet class, and a daily modern technique class of either Horton and/or Graham–based modern.  A distinct variety of supplementary techniques include jazz, Dunham technique, hip-hop, body conditioning, yoga, barre à terre and repertory.  In order to provide students with the most effective and focused training, all students are evaluated individually and placed in the proper level at their audition. Faculty Advisors and the School Directors create a customized schedule for each student based on the levels in Ballet, Horton and Graham-based modern, and the student’s choice of elective classes and workshops.


Horton technique | Graham-based Modern technique |Classical Ballet | Pointe | Men's Ballet |Jazz | Tap | Hip Hop | Dunham technique | West African | Contemporary | Barre a Terre | Body Conditioning | Heels| Ballet and Modern Partnering  | Zumba |  Yoga 



The LITLLE PRIMA Program is designed to prepare dancers for the school of dance, by developing memory through weekly series of fun movement that also implements solid dance. Students accepted into this program are required to take a minimum of 3 classes weekly.


2-3 per week- The ANTHONY BURRELL CENTER FOR DANCE is proud to support the training of young male dancers. Our Ballet Boys Program will focus on building the confidence, strength, agility, coordination and fitness of our male dancers. Classes are for males and taught by all male teachers. Ballet boys are required to take three classes per week.


Dancers in the AB elite division take a minimum of 6-8 classes per week in multiple genres. Selected students show the passion and desire to pursue a professional dance career. Once selected by our Artistic Director, AB dancers will begin a specific training track that will continue to guide them on their desired dance paths. AB Elite Dancers will also be given opportunities to perform throughout the year.


Our Pre- professional dancers are required to take 7-10 classes per week. Selected dancers have shown promise and interest in pursuing a professional dance career. Dancer will train and prepare for Company auditions, auditions etc. Dancers will be equipped with head shots, resume building opportunities, and audition etiquette. The emphasis of the pre-professional level will be on strengthening technique and building a supportive dance community.


Junior Associates will take courses that cover four fundamental dance styles.: Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. These courses will help build their knowledge for the foundation of dance. Students will also be taught vocabulary that is specific to each genre of dance as well as study the similarities and difference of each genre. Dancers will take 4-5 classes per week. (Ballet 2, Modern Jazz I, Tap I, and an elective African or Hip Hop)


*Auditions Required*

AB Project (*Pre Professional)

Under the Direction of Anthony Burrell, AB Project is designed to develop versatile dancers proficient in many styles and provide valuable pre-professional training and performing experience. AB Project bridge’s the gap between The ABCD and the professional dance world. It's a full-time training program, offering first-hand experience working with noted choreographers, offers individualized coaching, as well as performance opportunities. Dancer choreographers and workshops, and develop teaching skills by conducting master classes and lecture/demonstrations. AB Project members have gone on to pursue successful careers as dancers, teachers and choreographers, while others have become members of professional dance companies, commercial tours, on Broadway in shows like The Lion King, Hamilton, and in television/film, and music videos.

Company A- Senior Training Company

Company A is a pre-professional dance company comprised of ABCD’s most promising students. Students are required to have at least four years of ballet training prior to enrollment. Students in Company A meet multiple times a week and may have additional rehearsals leading up to performances. In Company A, students will work on refining technique, body alignment, flexibility and agility, musicality, partnering, choreography, performance and audition techniques. The dancers will have various opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year to perform.

Company B

Students in Company B meet multiple times a week and may have additional rehearsals leading up to performances. In Company B, students will work on proper alignment strength and conditioning, flexibility and ability to hold turn-out from the hips, as well as strengthening ankle, feet, pirouettes and correct distribution of body weight both legs simultaneously and individually. Company members will have various opportunities throughout the year to perform.


As a non for profit organization, we rely on the financial support of corporations, communities, families, and friends. Please help us to make an impact!


Anthony Burrell is a Philadelphia born Creative Director, Choreographer, and Actor. He is seen as the creative force on E! Entertainment for Mariah’s World, Mariah Carey’s Vegas Residency 1 to Infinity, Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour, Un-Silent Night Christmas, and All I Want for Christmas at the Beacon Theater. Anthony is part of the artistic team behind Beyonce’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show, MTV Music Awards (2016), Country Music Awards (2016), The Formation World Tour, and countless music videos. He has won an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Choreography’ in Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ and was also nominated for ‘Best Choreography’ in Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’. Anthony’s recent film credits include Lemonade, Bad Grandpa, Jack Ass 4, and Leave It On the Floor.

Anthony is renowned for his ability to blend classical and commercial dance styles, choreographing for notable companies such as Pepsi, Direct TV, DKNY, and Ivy Park. His unique style has also been seen with a long roster of artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Kesha, Jennifer Hudson, En Vogue, Jay-Z, Jussie Smollett and more. Anthony made his Broadway debut as ‘Hank’ in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway Musical “Come Fly Away and Co-starred the film ‘The Skinny’.

Anthony has choreographed and performed in many pivotal moments in dance entertainment. His choreography has been featured on popular shows such as Raising Asia, Abby Ultimate Dance Competition, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, So You Think You Can Dance Top 24, Dance Moms, GLEE and Fox’s hit series Empire. The New York Times Jennifer Dunning names Anthony as a “Young Choreographer to Watch.”

Anthony has danced with Philadanco, Eleone, Koresh, Prism Dance Theater. Anthony was also a two-time gold medalist and the 1998 National Gold Medalist for the NAACP ACT-SO competition in the category of Dance. While attending University of the Arts, Anthony was hand selected by Artistic Director Emeritus Judith Jamison to join Ailey II and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a principle dancer, he has performed in the MasterWork Revelationsfor President Barack Obama and the first family.

In addition to his successful career, Anthony dedicates himself to dance education and Philanthropy as the Founder and Director of Breaking Barriers Summer Dance Intensive and Project AB. He continues to build his artistry and work towards creating a legacy in entertainment, arts, and education.




Anthony Burrell - Founder/Chairman/Artistic Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duan Dempsey - Executive Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Anthony Burrell -Chairman

Contemporary, Horton, Jazz, Modern, Stretch, Partnering 

Jennifer Mason - Chair - 


Mark Burns


Frankie Freeman

Hip Hop, Breaking

Rachel Truitt -


Ayres Cox

Hip Hop, Jazz


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Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, 765 Moreland Ave SE STE C201 & C203, Atlanta, GA 30316 US
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