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Our Mission
To guide the dancers of Tri-Cities High School VPA Magnet program into becoming technically solid, captivating, and innovative Professional Performing Artists.

Shenita Davis Granberry

Shenita Davis Granberry has been in the field of education for 20 years, serving Atlanta Public, Fulton County and Georgia Virtual Schools. Shenita is a product of Fulton County Schools graduating as a Track and Field State Champion from Tri-Cities in 1994. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Amongst America’s High School, College and Graduate Students. She is also a recipient of the AADD’s Thomas J. Asher Founder’s Award (a division of United Way), two-time National Youth Sports Program Dance Instructor’s Award, and was recognized in 2010, as Teacher of the Year. As a member of the National Dance Education Organization, Shenita specializes in teaching: Urban-Contemporary Fusion, Hip-Hop, Choreography, Dance History, Composition, Dance Anatomy, Movement and any topic emphasizing the passion, fundamentals and concepts of Dance. Her main attributes to any program are: building character, scholarship, service and overall respect for the discipline of dance and its macrocosmic influence. Just as she has coached nationally ranked athletes she enjoys impacting dancers to reach their potential to teach or perform on national levels.

Shenita is a Doctoral candidate for the United States Sports Academy, majoring in Sports Management with an emphasis in Leadership. For five seasons, she has officiated competitive cheerleading and dance for Georgia High School Association and within the Tri-Cities and metro-Atlanta communities. She is a Co-founder of a non-profit foundation (TCLBAF, Inc.), established 2003, that supports the arts, sports, and entertainment for urban-challenged youth in the surrounding communities. She has also served in numerous capacities at Tri-Cities: AVID instructor, Asst. Athletic Director, even as Dance Director in (2006-2008), as well as teach Modern Dance elective classes for over 16 yrs. Since the age of five, dance has always been a part of her life – (although she entered TCHS as a drama major). Shenita became infatuated with dance and choreography during college, later to be selected to dance for the late, great Alice Coachman (the first African American female Olympian). Like many graduates of TCHS, she is so grateful to have experienced the impactful VPA directors, educators and considerable number of talented peers.

Allyne Gartrell

Allyne D. Gartrell is native of Atlanta, GA, Gartrell brings twenty five years of experience to the art of dance. A graduate of the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. Allyne also attended Florida A&M University and Florida State University where he excelled in Instrumental Music and Dance. As a dancer, Allyne has worked with Joel Hall Dance Theater, Ballet Wisconsin, City Ballet Theatre and for seven years he was one of the Lead Male Dancers for the Internationally known Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where he served as Company Instructor and Rehearsal Directorfor DCDC II. While at DCDC, Allyne performed ballets of Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle,Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, and Donald Byrd to name a few. His Broadway credits include; the Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, and his most notable performance as Crown in the National Touring Production of Porgy & Bess. Allyne also served as Assistant to the Tony AWard Winning Choreogpher Hope Clark for the production of Porgy & Bess which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

Over the past two decades Allyne has worked as Principal Male Dancer, Rehearsal Director and Resident Choreographer for the Dallas Black Dance Thaetre. In 2006, Allyne became Director of  DBDT II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre's2nd Touring Company. Under his direction DBDT II elevated its artistic value and was able to establish a National Touring Season. Collaborations with the Allen Civic Orchestra in Peter & the wolf and the Dallas Symphony in Carnival of the Animals became staples of the Season! Allyne is a  highly recognized Master Dance Instructor in the country-known for his high energy, & physically demanding ALLYNISM and Contemporary Ballet Classes. His pulsating choreography has been featured on several dance companies and Universities including, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT II, Milwaukee Dance Connection, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Morgan State University, Spelman College, City College of San Francisco, and Grambling State University. In 2006 Allyne choreographed Primary Movements; a contemproary ballet in collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with orginal scoring by classical composer Jonathan Bailey Holland. Primary Movements became the official kick-off for Dallas Black Dance Theatre's 30th Anniversary Celebration.

In 2010, The ATLANTA DANCE CONNECTION, Atlanta's Premiere Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Mr. Gartrell made it's debut in Georgia.  Addressing the need for an artistic outlet for young artist, the CONNECTION'S mission is to present quality art, entertainment and education in the field of Concert Dance. In 2004 Allyne was recognized for his contribution to at risk youth in the mid-west by Senator Russ Fiengold, and was awarded the 2004 AKA Trail Blazer Award for Outstanding Community Service. Currently Allyne is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Atlanta African American Dance Community, and for the past fifteen years he has serves as Scholarship Chairman for the Black College Dance Exchange, a coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Allyne is the recepient of the 2009 Presidential Edition of Who's Who in the Arts, awarded the Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2009 Artist Award, and in December of 2009 Allyne was featured in Dallas Modern Luxuary Magazine as one of The New Iconoclasts for 2010. Under Allyne's leadership the ATLANTA DANCE CONNCETION has taken its place as one of the leading professional dance companies in the SOUTH! In 2011 the company received the Outstanding Community Partner Award for Dance Education and the 2011 Phoenix Award presented by Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta. In celebration of 5 Years of Artistic Excellence, May 22, 2015 was Proclamined ATLANTA DANCE CONNECTION DAY by the Atlanta City Council!

Levon Campbell

LeVon Campbell is a native of Chicago, IL, Le`Von began his professional dance training when he received a scholarship to join the Dance theatre of Harlem as a trainee with the company. After much hard work, Mr. Campbell became a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's second performing company. Always striving to expand within the art of dance Mr. Campbell later joined George Faison's Universal Dance Experience.

Mr. Campbell's extensive dance credits include performing with The Katherine Dunham Dance Company, Morris Donaldson Dance Company, Rhondo Dance Theatre, Disney on Parade, Gene Marriancio Dance Company, Bryant Ballet, and Sesame Street Live. Mr. Campbell's Broadway and  National touring include: "The Wiz" with Stephanie Mills, "Raisin" with Virginia Capers, "Timbuktu" with the late Ertha Kitt, " Pal Joey 78" with the late Lena Horne, and Donald McKayle's "Evolution of the Blues". Le`Von was also featured in the Opera Enscolto and Amistad.

Over the past decade Mr. Campbell has shared his gift of Dance with several local dance companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dallas Independent School District, Ardmore, Oklahoma School District, and the Atlanta Public School System. Le`Von also served as Ballet Master for Happy Nia Dance Theatre, Membership Coordinator for the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, and Associate Artistic Director/Company Touring Manager for the renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Currently, Le'Von serves as Atlanta Dance Connection's Company Manager and Massage Therapist.​

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