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Jocelyn Buchanan - Artistic Director

Ms. Buchanan received her early training from Pamelia Meadows in Arizona and Maria Vegh of Marin Ballet in California.  She has worked closely with the noted ballerina Marina Eglevsky and with Sally Streets of the New York City Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theatre.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University where she had the privilege of performing with the Martha Graham Company and the Murray Louis Dance Company.

Ms. Buchanan has performed professionally with the Atlanta Festival Ballet since 1995.  She has had the honor of performing such classical roles as "Lady Capulet" in Romeo and Juliet, "The Fairy Godmother" in Cinderella, "Aurora" and "The Lilac Fairy" in Sleeping Beauty, "Snow Queen", "Arabian Princess," and "Sugar Plum Fairy" in The Nutcracker, and "Odette" in Swan Lake.  Some of her most memorable roles were performed in Nicolas Pacana's original works: Summer's Eve, Woman of Crystals and Hold On, as well as Gregory Aaron's Alice In Wonderland and Bella Amore.

While in the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company, Ms. Buchanan taught extensively for both the school and the company,  As Co-Artistic Director, she continued the mission of Atlanta Festival Ballet and brought the experience and joy of dance to many under-privileged children.  She has been instrumental in re-staging many classical and contemporary works in addition to recently choreographing a new ballet entitled, "A Tale of Two Sisters: A Frozen Ballet".

Ms. Buchanan is currently serving as Co-Artistic Director-Interim.  She has been with the company for more than 10 years and has worked previously as Ballet Mistress and Junior Company Director.  Her passion is her students and bringing them to a greater understanding of who they are as dancers.  She is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Gainesville Ballet Company Family.


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