The Conyers School of Ballet has been in business thirty-two years, we are located on Center Street in Old Town Conyers. We instruct students in the disciplines of Creative Movement, Tap, Jazz and Pointe. Our staff is well trained and professional with many years of experience.
Our goal is to provide training in proper technique and style to students of all ages and abilities. We believe in creating a sense of pride, achievement and accomplishment in our students while increasing their self confidence and self esteem.
Hallie Cullen and Judy Mauran
Established in 1980, the Conyers School of Ballet has been owned and operated continuously by sisters, Hallie Cullen and Judy Mauran. They are very happy to be offering quality dance training to their second generation of young dancers.
Artistic Director Hallie Cullen began dancing at the Decatur School of Ballet when she was four years old. She trained with Marie Roberts and Hilda Gumm. As a teen, she was accepted into the Atlanta Civic Ballet and trained with Dorothy Alexander, Merrilee Smith and Robert Barnett. Summers were spent in New York City, training at the American Ballet Center.
Mrs. Cullen performed with the Atlanta Civic Ballet and Theatre Under the Stars while attending college. She attended Oxford College and graduated from Oglethorpe University. Mrs. Cullen taught at the Atlanta School of Ballet, Sacred Heart School in Kaduna, Nigeria, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center of Dekalb County and the Georgia Ballet. She was Artistic Director of the Athens Civic Ballet. She taught elementary school in the Fulton County School System for eleven years.
Hallie Cullen’s training, education and dedication to dance renders her uniquely well equipped to train each of her students to fulfill her full potential.
Judy Mauran also began her training at the age of four at the Decatur School of Ballet under the tutelage of Marie Roberts and Hilda Gumm. As a sophomore in high school, Judy began to attend Westminster Schools and continued her training at the Atlanta School of Ballet. At Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Judy followed her passion for live theater, majoring in drama. She continued to dance while at Bard, studying ballet with Janet Reid of New York City Ballet.
After college, Judy worked as the assistant drama teacher at Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut. She continued to dance, taking modern classes with Martha Clarke. After the birth of her first child, Rafe, in 1976 she returned to Conyers with her husband, Chris. She immediately became active in the Depot Players, playing such roles as Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond and Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner. In 1980, she became the Administrative Director of the Conyers School of Ballet where her job has evolved through the years. Judy’s husband, Chris, plays a vital role in the life of the school as the resident set designer, builder and stage manager.
The goal of the Conyers School of Ballet is to provide quality dance training in a friendly, safe and wholesome environment. Many of our students have continued to dance in a professional capacity as well as students who have continued as physical therapists, costumers and dance and theater administrators. We like to think even our students who never dance beyond high school have a love and appreciation for the art and discipline of dance. We are very proud of every one of our students.