About The Neighborhood Ballet
Through the vision and under the leadership of Rebecca Crawford Harman, it is our mission to inspire, develop, and bolster a love of dance in every student. At TNB, we do not take our roles as arts educators lightly. While we value the importance of precision and technique, we know that our students will be the next generation of not only dancers, but teachers, politicians, patrons, parents, community members, and leaders. By instilling the importance of the arts in our students, we can impact our future.
How It All Started
Rebecca, founder of The Neighborhood Ballet, had just welcomed her second little boy when she realized the long drive to the beloved ballet school where she had taught for eleven years had become too much. Simultaneously, Rebecca's friend who had been serving as a ballet teacher to the Grant Park community for many years was going to be moving on, thus a need for a ballet teacher in the area arose. All signs were leading for Rebecca to create her own ballet school. After lots of dreaming and brainstorming, TNB was born, and Rebecca is so excited to be serving her own community by sharing her love and knowledge of dance. TNB offers a nurturing environment - one which fosters movement, creativity, dedication, beauty, and discipline.
Rebecca is so fortunate to be able to share the rich tradition of the classical arts with her students. Students at TNB will be given a contextual understanding of the art form, one which has been handed down from teacher to student for many centuries. In addition to learning ballet technique, students will also discover the classical composers who created the beautiful music to which ballets are danced and will learn the stories and the histories of the great ballets.
Rebecca Crawford Harman, founder and director of The Neighborhood Ballet, has decades of experience as both a professional dancer and a teacher. As a child she was constantly dancing and performing in the living room, and her parents figured ballet training would be a productive way to harness such energy. An Atlanta native, she trained at Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, Atlanta School of Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet under scholarship. She has performed professionally with Miami City Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Ballet Arizona. Rebecca has been teaching ballet and serving as a rehearsal coach and choreographer in the Atlanta area since 2004. She has served as a guest teacher at numerous summer intensives and has coached a student to the finals of the Youth of America Grand Prix for two consecutive years.
Dance isn't Rebecca's only passion. She is a history nerd and has her B.A. in History and her Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She is also the owner of Harmanly Photography, and specializes in photographing families, children, babies, and headshots. She resides in her favorite neighborhood ever, Grant Park, with her husband, Steven, two little boys, Asa and Eli, and toy poodle, Duchess. Rebecca is passionate about sharing the legacy of classical ballet with her students and community.
Photography by Richard Calmes, Keiko Guest, and Heidi Geldhauser.