Price Performing Arts Center

Ms. Nicky is the Co-Director of the regionally celebrated Atlanta Chiefs Cheerleaders and was a dancer with the world renowned NFL Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Having performed in several Super Bowls and Playoff Championship games, Ms. Nicky was also a member of the notable NBA Dallas Mavericks Dancers, as well as the Captain of the Dallas Desperados Arena Football Cheerleaders. A technically trained dancer of 14-years, Nicky is a native of Manhattan, New York who has also choreographed for leagues such as the NBA, NFL and AFL. She began her dance training with Dance Theater of Harlem and ultimately received multiple scholarships with Alvin Ailey, Gus Giordano, Tremaine, LA Dance Force and a few other revered and acclaimed companies. She has also served as the Dance Department Director at North Atlanta High School and has instructed classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and pointe at several local Atlanta area dance studios and centers for dance education. As an actor (film, television and commercials), a few of her national and regional accolades include: The WB station's "One Tree Hill", recurring role on the Lifetime Channel's "Army Wives", "Fighting Temptations", Nicky also guest-starred along side Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo in the critically acclaimed book written by Sue Monk Kidd turned movie "The Secret Life of Bees", "Marry Me" starring Lucy Liu ,"Playing the Field" starring Gerard Butler from the movie "300", "Reed Between the Lines" starring Malcolm Jamal Warner from "The Cosby Show" and Traci Ellis Ross from "Girlfriends", the made for TV movie, "Firelight" playing the wife of Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. for whom she has worked with twice and recently, Nicky booked a recurring role on the hit show "Powers" and "The Vampire Diaries. A couple of Nicky's National theatre journeys include: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as Mrs. Potiphar/Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain, "Kiss Me Kate" and West Side Story as "Anita". PPAC is pleased to have Ms. Nicky join our staff instructing classes in ballet, technique, and jazz.
Briana Mathis begin her dance training at the age of five in Atlanta, Georgia at Price Performing Arts Center. Briana has won several platinum, high golds and overall high scores at various dance competitions. In 2012 she was accepted into Darton State Dance Company at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. While at Darton, she was chosen to choreograph a modern/contemporary dance which was called "Donne Forte" which means "strong women". The dance made it to ACDFA semi finals. Briana's favorite dance quote is "dance is the hidden language of the soul" by Martha Graham.  It is Briana's goal to inspire and motivate the students of PPAC in the manner that she has been trained; thus contributing to the artistic growth and development of the young artists.
Aldawna Morrison, Jr. began his dance training at the age of nine.  He has danced with the Atlanta Ballet, Donald Byrd the Group, Complexion Ballet, the Elisa Monte Dance Company and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company.  After many years of dancing and touring the world, Mr. Morrison decided to pursue a teaching career and further his education.  Aldawna currently instructs ballet for our pre-teen through advanced levels, as well as our performing company technique classes.  He has served proudly on the PPAC artistic staff for the past 8 years.
Mandi B. Mpezo is an Atlanta native and Performing Artist. She began her dance training at the age of seven at Price Performing Arts, and attended Tri Cities VPA Magnet High School.  In 2014 she completed her dance education at Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Modern Dance. Over the course of her dance career, Mandi has had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center and train abroad at The National Taiwan University of the Arts. She formerly worked with the Atlanta Dance Collective and currently performs professionally with T Lang Dance Company and gloATL.
Nicole Patterson is a native of Atlanta.  She trained for 12 years at Price Performing Arts Center where she later became an apprentice instructor. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding work as a dancer. She has trained in ballet, tap, modern, pointe, jazz, African, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop; and has extensive performance experience in parades, concerts and competitions. Nicole participated in the 2002 Alvin Ailey six week summer intensive program in New York City. She is an alumnus of Tri-Cities High School where she was a Varsity cheerleader and a member of the Dance Magnet program. She now works as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher in the metro area.  Nicole also currently is a member of the Price Performing Arts Center Pre-Professional Company VISIONS, and instructs PPAC classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.  Nicole is a diverse dancer who has a passion for the art and continues to share her gift with everyone through both education and dance.
Rosoe Sales is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  He continued his training as a fellowship student at the Ailey School.  Mr. Sales began his professional career with The Dance Theater of Harlem and performed with the Metropolitan Opera House in Porgy and Bess.  He is an original member of the Atlanta-based Ballethnic Dance Company and a former member of the Atlanta Ballet.  He has performed with the North Carolina Dance Theater, Greensboro Ballet, and the High Point Ballet.  He is currently on staff instructing ballet and modern at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, Price Performing Arts Center, Tolbert-Yilmaz, The Metropolitan Ballet, and Tri-Cities High School.
Erica Spear was born and raised in Decatur, Ga. She began her dance training at the age 4 at a local dance studio for 12 years. To further her dance training, she attended Price Performing Arts Center and was a member of the senior division in the performance company for 2 years. During her 2 years at PPAC, She was the recipient of The Rising Star Scholarship awarded through the Price Arts Foundation, Inc. Erica’s training includes, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and African dance.  In addition with her formal training, she performed with the Southwest Dekalb Dancing Divas for 2 years, and also danced with her church dance ministry throughout the metro Atlanta area. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. 
Ciara White is a native of Atlanta. She received her early years of training at various dance studios. As she pursued formal and professional training, she transitioned to Price Performing Arts Center where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, pointe and hip hop for more than 8 years. As a PPAC student, Ciara was an active member of the Price Performance Company. In addition to her dance training, Ciara is a gifted baton twirler and was an active member of Georgia's Youth on Parade. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she was also a choreographer for Pamoja Dance Company and a member of the UGA Red Hotz Competition Team. In addition to training up our youth in the arts, Ciara serves a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines.
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