Spring Dance Showcase

Spring Dance Showcase is an opportunity for dance students at the Academy for Advanced Studies to share what they have learned throughout the year. This is a fully produced dance extravaganza. The afternoon show is a free show. The evening show is a ticketed general admission event. It is recommended to arrive early.

Keila Harvey

Gift of Dance Studios

Ms. Harvey will be doing a masterclass at McDonough Middle School on March 15 the 7th and 8th grade dance students.

Keila Harvey has over 35 years of dance experience in all forms of dance and 22 years of teaching various dance forms. She opened the Gift of Dance Studio doors in 2005, fulfilling her dream that she had since childhood: to own her own dance school. In 2001, Mrs. Harvey received her BA in middle school education. She served as the leader of 7th Day Evangelism Dance Ministry with the Fishers of Men Outreach Ministry at New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia. Mrs. Harvey taught public school for nine years as a Clayton County Public School teacher (middle and high schools) and also received her certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach PS/Dance in grades K-12. She was the Co-Director of the Mt. Zion High School Dance Academy and Mt. Zion Magnet High School in Jonesboro for four years. She also danced as a professional ballerina across the nation with Atlanta Festival Ballet. Mrs. Harvey has trained at some of the most prestigious dance institutions in the country, including Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, the Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic Academy for Dance Education, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) and the Governor’s Honors Program. Very recently, she was dance-featured on the television series “Lovecraft Country” and “Genius: Aretha”. She also was a featured dancer on the singing competition show, “Sunday’s Best”. As director of Gift of Dance Studio, the studio was voted as Best of the Best 2020, in the category of dance studios. Mrs. Harvey, her staff, and summer camp students were featured on MTV’s Made television show. Under her tutelage, her trainees have achieved many honors: Henry Has Talent Winners, Scream Tour (concert) performers, Fort Valley State University Dancing Doll Divas and Dancing Diva Doll Captain, Valdosta State University Dance major graduates, cruise ship dancer, Alvin Ailey camp participant, Dance Theater of Harlem camp participant, back up dancers for singing & rap artists and videos, regional and national dance competition winners, Governor’s Honors Program nominees and attendees, and impressive accomplishments on the hit TV show: So You Think You Can Dance. Mrs. Harvey was also the Co-artistic director of Atlanta Festival Ballet Company from 2015-2017. Mrs. Harvey continues to teach and choreograph many classes at Gift of Dance along with the competition team.