Dominique Fewell,Jenny Gould, Hope Harrell,

Laura Rossini, Wendy Dixon, Millie Rhodes, Scott Palma, Lee Harper, Katy Roelle,   Elaine Wadsworth

Lee Harper & Dancers

    Very few American dance companies reach their 30th anniversary, and even fewer attain that remarkable milestone under the continued direction of their founders.  In Atlanta, this distinction belongs to  Lee Harper & Dancers, a premier Atlanta arts organization since 1980.  Ms. Harper founded her company to give talented local dancers an opportunity to perform.  At the same time, she opened her school, where many of her more gifted students continued on to become members of her company.  The professional troupe of adults have become a fixture of Atlanta's arts scene, participating in arts festivals, special events, symphony, opera, theatrical performances and much more.  In 1996, Lee Harper & Dancers was invited to perform at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games.

    The dancers are trained in variety of techniques, giving them the ability to perform the works of many prominent choreographers including Gregg Lizzenbery, Bill Evans, Stanley Zompakos, Nicole Livieratos, Celeste Miller, Susan Eldridge, and Lee Harper.  The company is devoted to dance education and has performed in many schools in the southeast under the auspices of Young Audiences.  It has participated in the educational programs and Family Concerts of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since the company's beginnings.  Lee Harper Studios is the home of both the company and Lee Harper & Dancers II, a children's dance company ages 9-18.  Dancers II perform regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their family concert series.

  As Lee Harper & Dancers has supported the community, so has the community supported the company.  It has received grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Southern Arts Federation and the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.  Alumni of Lee Harper & Dancers have gone on to perform with other companies, start their own companies and schools, choreograph and teach dance.  It is impossible to think of Atlanta's arts community without appreciating the commitment and contributions of Lee Harper & Dancers.