Classes & Registration Portal

The Guild Dance Program offers instruction in modern as well as classical styles of dance for all ages and skill levels; we have classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults! (Moms and Dads: It's never too late to start dancing!)

Please email Dance Director Jessie Southerland or call (706) 278-0168 if you have questions or need more information. For information about our dance classes and company and to register for a class, check out our Registration Portal.

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Parents participate along with their child (one adult per child allowed in class) to help them in the correct movements and encourage the parent/child bond. The class includes stretching, body awareness exercises, and traveling steps that are practiced while holding the hand of the parent and/or instructor. The last segment of the class is devoted to creative time between the parent and child. This class meets once a week for 30 minutes. Comfortable clothes should be worn with socked or bare feet.

Mondays 4:00-4:30pm Lyndi Jensen $50/Month



In an atmosphere of fun, this class is designed to introduce the young student to the world of dance. While learning all their ballet basics, the class is formatted in a creative way to hold the young dancer’s attention and keep them interested. Children will develop an awareness of music and rhythms and will learn to use their bodies and imaginations. Students should wear pink tights and pink ballet slippers and the appropriate leotard color as indicated.

Creative Movement (3yrs) Wednesdays 6:15-7:00pm Jessie Southerland Light Pink
Creative Movement/Primary 1 (3+4yrs) Thursdays 1:00-1:45pm Jessie Southerland 3: Light Pink
4: Light Blue



Ballet is a beautiful art form that requires dedication and discipline. It is an excellent form of exercise for all ages, toning and strengthening the entire body while helping to promote good posture and alignment. Pointe work begins around the age of 10 for the serious dance student after fulfilling the appropriate requirements. Students should wear pink tights and pink ballet slippers and the appropriate leotard color as indicated below.

Primary 1 (4yrs) Mondays 6:00-6:45pm Rosalyn Guerra Light Blue
Creative Movement/Primary 1 (3-4yrs) Thursdays 1:00-1:45pm Jessie Southerland 3: Light Pink
4: Light Blue
Primary 2 (5yrs) Mondays 4:30-5:15pm Lyndi Jensen Lavender
Primary 2/3 (5-6yrs) Mondays 6:45-7:30pm Rosalyn Guerra 5: Lavender
6: White
Primary 3/Intermediate 1 (6-7yrs) Tuesdays 5:45-6:30pm Jessie Southerland 6: White
7: Royal Blue
Intermediate 1 (7yrs) Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm Megan Ervin Royal Blue
Intermediate 2 (8yrs) Mondays 6:00-7:00pm Jessie Southerland Hunter Green
Intermediate 3 (9yrs) Tuesdays 4:30-5:15pm Jessie Southerland Burgundy
Intermediate 3 (9yrs) Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm Rosalyn Guerra Burgundy
Intermediate 4 (10-11yrs) Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm Jessie Southerland Navy
Intermediate 4 (10-11yrs) Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm Jenison Eduave Navy



The purpose of the Guild Dance Ensemble is to provide a place for trained young dancers who have danced through the years and have a commitment and desire to be stronger dancers but don’t seek a pre-professional track in dance. The Ensemble is for dancers ages 12 and up who have previous dance training. Fast learning teen beginners may also be placed in this class. Pointe work is not required but will be offered to those who are eligible.

Ensemble Ballet Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm Jenison Eduave Red
Ensemble Jazz/Modern/Lyrical Mondays 7:30-8:30pm Rosalyn Guerra




Jazz and Tap are excellent complements to ballet training. These expressive styles of dance open up many new possibilities for movement to the dance student. Done to popular music, they are fast paced and fun forms of dance that greatly help with rhythm and musicality. Pink or black tights may be worn with black jazz shoes, or tap shoes (speak with your instructor for specifics on tap shoes). Leotard color shown below is based on the age/level of the student placed in each class.

Tween/Teen Tap (9yrs and up) Tuesdays 5:15-5:45pm Jessie Southerland Color based on ages shown in ballet classes
Primary 3/Intermediate 1/Intermediate 2
Jazz/Tap Combo (6-8yrs)
Wednesdays 5:30-6:15pm Megan Ervin White, Royal Blue, or Hunter Green
Intermediate 1-2 Jazz (7-8yrs) Mondays 5:15-6:00pm Rosalyn Guerra Royal Blue or Hunter Green
Intermediate 3-4 Jazz (9-11yrs) Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm Rosalyn Guerra Burgundy or Navy



This class combines the strengthening and elongation of a traditional ballet barre with an emphasis on combinations and fitness to work your body top to bottom. It is a beginning to intermediate level ballet class and is a fun way to add to your workout routine. Please wear leotard and tights or comfortable clothes you can move in like yoga pants and tank top, and ballet shoes.

Thursdays 12:15-1:00pm Jessie Southerland $50/month



Step out of your box and into the studio as you dive into Hip Hop and more in this class. Classes start with a warm-up and then a hip-hop combination is broken down each day. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes that make you want to move. Tennis shoes may be worn.

Lil' Bit Hip Hop (7-11yrs) Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Chris Shaw


Hip Hop Dance Crew (12yrs and up) Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:00pm Chris Shaw $55/Month



In 1990, Ballet Dalton was established as a performance outlet for pre-professional students. The school’s commitment to quality has produced a polished group of dancers including numerous Governor’s Honors dancers and various college dance program participants. The Company’s season includes the annual Snow Queen, Spring Recital and Evening Concert and various community performances. This program is by invitation and audition only.

Ballet/Pointe Monday 4:30-6:00pm Jessie Southerland Company Leotard
Ballet Tuesday 4:30-6:00pm Rosalyn Guerra Black
Ballet/Jazz Thursday 4:30-5:30pm Rosalyn Guerra Dancer's Choice
Ballet/Modern Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Jenison Eduave Dancer's Choice


Ballet/Pointe Monday 7:00-8:00pm Jessie Southerland Company Leotard
Ballet/Rehearsal Tuesday


Rosalyn Guerra Black
Rehearsal Wednesday 4:45-6:15pm Jessie Southerland Dancer's Choice
Ballet/Modern Thursday 6:30-7:30pm Jenison Eduave Dancer's Choice
Ballet/Jazz Thursday 7:30-8:30pm Rosalyn Guerra Dancer's Choice



Designed for Ballet Dalton Company Members, this class offers an extra dancing opportunity to continue to gain strength and knowledge in ballet and contemporary technique. Focused around the Youth America Grand Prix, dancers will each learn and rehearse a classical ballet variation or contemporary work that they will compete in the annual YAGP regional competition in Atlanta, GA. These dancers also have additional performance opportunities in our end of the year Spring Concert and Recital and various community events. The monthly fee for this class also includes a discounted rate for a 30 minute monthly private lesson.

Company Wednesday 6:15-7:45pm Megan Ervin
Jessie Southerland
Any Solid Color


Guild Policies and Procedures

REGISTRATION: Visit our Registration Portal to register for classes. A $30 Yearly Registration Fee will be charged at time of Registration for fall classes. Registration is taken on a first-come-first serve basis. Classes with less than 5 students are subject to close due to low attendance or registration. Families of the closed class will be contacted prior to the last day. Staff members will assist in finding placement in another class.

Class Fees (additional classes may be added at the per class rate):
30 Minute Class/Week $50/Month
Dance Tots $50/Month
45 Minutes/1 Hour/Week $55/Month
2 Hours/Classes per Week $105/Month
3 Hours/Classes per Week $155/Month
4 Hours/Classes per Week $205/Month
Each Additional Weekly Class $50/Month
Ballet Dalton Junior Company $155/Month
Ballet Dalton Senior Company $185/Month

SNOW QUEEN: The fee for Snow Queen is $30 per dancer and is due by October 15th. The Snow Queen production will be held November 18-21, 2022 at the Dalton High School Theatre. In-theater rehearsals will be November 15-17 and are required.

SPRING RECITAL: All dancers at the Creative Arts Guild will perform in the annual Spring Recital. Scheduled dates are May 6th (Int. 3’s, 4’s, Ballet Dalton) and 7th, 2022 (entire school). In theater rehearsals will be held May 3 - 5, 2022 and are required.

Recital Costume Fees: A recital costume fee of $80 per class/per costume will be due no later than December 1st. You may pay costume fees in installments prior to December if needed. Please indicate on your payment that it is for recital costumes.

Recital Fee: The spring performance fee is $30 per family and is due by February 15th. This fee is for facility rental, lighting, and other off property expenses that we incur.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons are an excellent complement to your regular classes to focus on polishing technique and increasing overall knowledge of dance fundamentals, skills, and terminology. Lessons are available by request in both 30 and 60-minute increments. If you are interested in private lessons, please send an email to

TUITION: Tuition is billed out on the 1st of the month. A $10 late fee will incur if tuition is not paid by the 10th of the month.

SESSION: Our 2021-2022 school year runs August 9, 2021 - May 13, 2022

CLASS ATTIRE: Please see class descriptions for attire requirements. Appropriate leotards for your child's class level are available in the Guild Shop. Leotards need to be purchased from our Guild Shop so that they have the appropriate color and Guild logo embroidery.

MAKE-UP CLASSES: Please see your instructor to schedule a make-up class. Missed classes will not result in prorated tuition or refunds.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: Registering for a class and/or lesson is a commitment to attend as scheduled. If for any reason you or your student cannot continue, you must notify the Guild/Instructor by completing a withdrawal notice. Accounts are charged for classes until a withdrawal request is received. 30-day notice must be given all classes/lessons. Students withdrawing from class or lessons with less than 30-day notice must pay for the following month.

Please contact Jessie Southerland, Dance Director, at or (706) 278-0168 with any questions.