We are very excited to announce the first Jonnie Kelley Dance Scholarship to be given away in honor of the founder of Atlanta Dance Theatre and The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage.  As you know, Miss Jonnie passed away last May, but her legacy will live on.  Her family and friends have created a dance scholarship that will benefit an Atlanta Dance Theatre dancer and a Dancer’s Studio/Backstage dancer.  The next scholarship recipients will be announced during The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage recital in May of 2020. 

The scholarship for the Dancer’s Studio/Backstage dancer will be $500, which can be used for DSBS tuition or summer dance programs.  Proof of attendance is required.

Criteria:  All dancers, age 10 and up, who are currently enrolled in at least one dance class at The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage may submit an application.  Dancer must be participating in the 2020 dance recital and attending classes regularly.   Applicants must work on their own, no coaching or assistance from staff or parent’s.


To apply:  Please save a 90 second dance video to your google drive or icloud and submit it via email to  Include in subject line Dancer’s last name, first name and DSBS scholarhip.  Answer the following questions in essay format:


  1. What brought you to dance?

  2. Which classes are you taking this year and which classes do you plan on taking next year?

  3. Why do you continue to dance?

  4. What qualities do you feel you have developed because of dancing?

  5. What are your future plans in regards to dance?

  6. What is your favorite form of dance and why?

  7. What makes a great leader? What leadership qualities do you posses as a dancer at the studio/in ADT?

  8. If you win, what will you do with the scholarship money?


The dance performance can be ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, or modern. Essay and video should be submitted with application and emailed to  For any questions ask Rebecca Gordon at the Dancer’s Studio/Backstage.


Deadline to submit:  Friday, May 17th

Thank you for your desire to continue Miss Jonnie’s legacy!!!

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