Dr. Wallace Taylor
Owner & Artistic Director
Dr. Wallace Taylor is a business leader, philantropist, engaged scholar, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the owner of Taylor Holdings International with business interests in the United States, Thailand, and South America. Dr. Taylor is the owner of Taylor Academy of Fine Arts, owner of Tucker Taekwondo Center, and Founder/CEO of The Taylor Foundation for the Arts. A native of British Guyana, he has an extensive background in health consulting and kinesiology. He has worked with and established collaborative partnerships with notable organzations such as Georgia State University, The University of West Georgia, DeKalb County Government, The City of Tucker, City of Clarskton, and The YWCA to improve health regimes and propagate the study of Fine Arts in the form of Dance, Acting, Pottery, Martial Arts, Musical Performance, and Photography. He created The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts as a medium to spread the benefits of artistic expression. Dr.Taylor is a professionally trained Latin Dancer and Instructor.
Dr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science from Georgia State University with concentrations in Exercise Science and corporate fitness and a double Master Degree designation in Taekwondo from Kukkiwon(South Korea). He has also attained a Masters of Business Administration from the Sorrel College of Business of Troy State University and a Masters of Internet Technology from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. Wallace Taylor recieved his Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business and continues publication in organizational theory, management, and intercultural business. Dr. Taylor is a chairman member of The World Affairs Council of Atlanta where he supports the mission of interculturalism and globalization. He is currently a publishing Research Associate with Georgia State University's Center of Engaged Business Research (CEBR) and mentors undergraduates and graduate students of the Entreprenuership and Innovation Institute.
Aye Kodsup, MS
Mr. Slava Belinsky
Born in Chisinau, Moldova. Slava Belinsky received his Ballet training from famous Bolshoi School in Moscow, Russia and Kiev Academy of Ballet in the Ukraine. He spend two years with the State Army Dance Company as Ballet Master and Choreographer. He has been a principal dancer with Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater
(Ukraine) and Theatrul Natoinal de Opera si Ballet " Maria Biesu" (Republic Moldova).
Since 1991, Slava has been residing in the USA. He has performed with the following companies in U.S: Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theatre of Wilkes- Barre, PA, Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Manassas Ballet Company, VA. His repertory includes in "Giselle", "Swan Lake", " The Nutckracker", "Raymonda", “Coppelia", " Cinderella", " La Bayadere", " Romeo and Juliet", " Sleeping Beauty" and " Don Quixote". He has toured in the USA with " Russian Roulette Show" (Reno NV, Los Angeles CA, Miami Beach FL, Atlantic City NJ). He spent 9 months with Happy Dance Ballet School in Monchengladbach Germany and Chisinau Ballet School in Moldova. Slava was teaching at professional Ballet company in Europe, Chisinau Opera and Ballet Theater (Republic of Moldova). He toured the United States three times with the Donetsk Ballet Company before joining the Russian Ballet of Delaware USA.
Mr. Belinsky was praised for his commanding and charismatic presence on stage as well as his classical technique. He was chosen to play the role of Mercutio in " Romeo and Juliet"- choreographed by Daniel Baudendistel of the Joffrey Ballet. New York City Ballet, principal dancer, choreographer Robert La Fosse cast Mr. Belinsky in the lead role of the "Entertainer" in his Ballet " Rags". He performed in several ballet pieces, choreographed by Leslie Brown- principal dancer of American Ballet Theater. Performed as a guest artist and taught master classes and choreographed across the USA and Europe Mr. Belinsky brings 30 years of experience as a Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer. Mr. Belinsky has taught professional ballet companies and many schools, he has 18 years in Ballet, Pointe, Solo variations, Pas de deux, Character Dance and Partnering.
Slava successfully organized tour to Germany for Woodbridge School of Dance inc. VA.
In 2013 Slava joined the North Atlanta Dance Academy, one Georgia's finest dance schools as a Ballet teacher and Choreographer.
Ms. Jennie Ortega
Lead Dance Instructor
Jennifer Smith Ortega began training in sixth grade at the Athens School of Ballet, directed by Syd Bowen after being inspired at a performance by the Georgia Ballet of Coppelia. Two years later, she bacame a member of Athens Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Stanley Zompakos. She spent her senior year of high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet training under Marcia Dale Weary where she received fifteen ballet classes per week. She joined the Augusta Ballet Company, under the direction of Ron Colton then spent the next year training under Karel Shook in New York at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Jennifer continued her ballet training at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet with Lupe Serano. Jennifer is thankful for her many fine teachers, most of whom were former members of New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Jennie's teaching experience includes three years at the Jean Willimas School of Ballet and Germantown Dance Theatre, an honor regional company in Philidelphia, teaching children and adults of all levels and ages. She transfered as a dance major from the University of Georgia to Temple University and earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education. Jennie also holds a Ballet Teacher's Training Certificate from David Howard in New York, and a Cecchetti Council of America Teacher Examination Centificate.
Jennie and her husband Jose have lived in Tucker since 1995 and are blessed to be the parents of five grown children. She danced for many years as a member of Praise in Motion and directed Redeemer Dance Ministry from 1994 to 1999 which culminated in a full length production of Pilgrim Progress. She directed Tucker Classical Ballet from 2006 to 2015.
Ms. Elaine Wadsworth
Miss Elaine is thrilled to share her passion for dance with Taylor Academy of Fine Arts. Her ballet training began at The Atlanta Ballet. She studied acting at American Conservatory Theater and Solvang Theaterfest in California. Most recently, she performed the role of Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern. Favorite roles include Titania/Hippolita in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and Carmen for Georgia Ballet’s “Carmen”. Her dance credits include performing with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The San Francisco Opera Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theater, Eglevsky Ballet, and, for 15 years, with Lee Harper Dancers and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She choreographed “Dance of the Furies” for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and “The Ugly Duckling” which was presented at The Piccallo Spoletto Festival in Charleston. She starred as Dr. Grady Hilltop in the film Therapeia. For 2 years, she toured as an assistant for Magic of David Copperfield. Because her career includes both acting and dance, she brings a unique perspective when teaching the performing arts.
Taylor Academy of Fine Arts
[Tucker Recreation Center]
4898 LaVista Rd
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: +1 770 896-8107
"Uniform Purchase is REQUIRED during registration."