The Atlanta Jazz Theatre Dance Company was formed in 1971 to give the serious dance student and those considering a career in Dance a vehicle for performance throughout the year. Auditions are held each spring to select the companies for the following season and are open to any dancers in the Metro area who qualify to the age and experience requirements. Each member is required to sign a contract for one year to obligate themselves to the Directors and other Company members for all classes, rehearsals, and performances. The Company is presented in Concert at least once during the season, plus numerous performances in Arts Festivals, Holiday Shows, Industrial show, and benefits. AJT strives to instill in each member a sense of self-confidence, professionalism, advancement of technical abilities, organizational skills, responsibility, and a feeling of group pride and accomplishment. Audition is given in two portions, the ballet class first followed by the jazz class portion.
All AJT members are required to attend Summer Intensive Workshop classes and all classes during the school year assigned to them. A minimum of one jazz class and two ballet classes per week are required, plus additional rehearsals on weekends. Guest Choreographers are brought in each year to expose the dancers to different styles of Jazz. No cheerleading, drill team, swim team, tennis team or other such activities are allowed if they interfere with the ability to attend classes or rehearsals. We need dedicated Dancers serious about their commitment and training. The Atlanta Jazz Theatre is the resident performing company of Dan & Company Studios. Artistic Director, Dan Youmans, and Associate Director Tina Youmans Hidalgo.