Georgia Dance Conservatory is a ballet-focused dance studio in Marietta, Georgia offering dance classes for ages 2- 18 in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, My Tiny Tot & Me, Pointe, and Tap, as well as open adult classes in Ballet, Barre, BUTI Yoga, and Tap.


Mission Statement

To provide excellence in dance education in an environment that fosters growth in every student.


Georgia Dance Conservatory (formerly Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre) was founded in 1956 by the late Ruth Mitchell, an Atlanta dance pioneer. Ms. Ruth set the standard for dance training in Atlanta with the best instruction, exemplary performances, and the highest standard of technique. Later, Ruth Mitchell moved the studio to downtown Marietta on the Marietta Square, and in 1999 sold the studio to Lisa and Billy Toups. In 2019, Ashleigh Whitworth and Gray Stoner, two former students of Ms. Ruth and Ms. Lisa, became the owners. They have continued the highest standard of instruction set by Ms. Ruth over 60 years ago.


Georgia Dance Conservatory offers proper and traditional dance instruction taught by exceptionally qualified teachers. We also offer classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, My Tiny Tot & Me, and Tap, as well as Adult Ballet, Barre, and BUTI Yoga classes.

Ashleigh Whitworth
GDC Owner & Director

Gray Stoner
GDC Owner & Director

Tori Hines
GDC Studio Manager

Lawanda Jackson

Assistant GDC Studio Manager

Abbey Werner

Debbie Flanagan

Beth Hughes

Bianca Griffin

Ellen Hall

Q Harper

Hilary Lester

Kathy McBeth

Peter Powlus

Katie Rabel

Kasi Reilly

Ashley Swan

Mary Rose Gibson

Rebecca West

Marina Levasheva