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Girls in Action

Self-Empowerment Course for Pre-teen and Teen Girls

The objective of this course is to empower girls with valuable life skills in order to achieve their full potential. The course is based on the belief that every girl deserves to love herself mentally, physically, and spiritually, and to have opportunities that allow her to make choices that benefit herself, her family, and her community. Research shows that girls who are engaged in positive activities such as school, sports, or prevention / intervention programs are more likely to complete middle and high school, attend college, positively serve their communities, and reach their potential for future success than their peers who are not involved.


As girls begin to form their sense of self and their own opinions during their impressionable pre-teen years, they are bombarded with messages from numerous cultural and social influences, including from their parents, family, siblings, friends, peers, teachers, extra-curricular activity leaders, and from the media. Also, child development research has revealed that children begin to conceptualize gender, racial, and ability differences and begin to show signs of influence by societal norms and biases within their third year of life; therefore, it is crucial that children at the formative juncture between childhood and teen years receive consistent mentor-ship, support, and guidance. The goal of working with girls at the critical ages of 8 to 16 is to help them build self-esteem, develop life skills, and develop positive motivations, so they are equipped with the tools to help them achieve their goals and avoid getting into trouble.

About The InstructorDenisa Millette, MA, LPC, NCC

Denisa Millette is a licensed professional counselor and a clinical trauma specialist whose mission and passion in life is to help children, teens, and adults find a safe path to ultimate emotional wellbeing. Denisa holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and she has been conducting psychological evaluations as well as specialized trauma assessments and therapy to clients in a private psychological practice since 2001.  Denisa has been recognized as an expert witness in child abuse and trauma cases in juvenile and superior courts across GA.  Her main focus is on aiding her clients on their road to emotional recovery by using safe, effective, and non-drug treatment strategies. To find out more about her qualifications and experience, please visit her at http://denisamillette.com/meet-denisa.

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Sie Fliegen

Sie Fliegen,

A sequel to the winter show, Sie Fliegen, brings on a continuous celebration of life and new beginnings that symbolize spring in the realm of a tropical rainforest. The dancers of all ages and diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds came together yet again to astonish their audience while performing to the music of the Classical time period at the Woodruff Arts Center, one of the largest arts centers in the world. The dancers adorned in beautiful costumes of tropical birds enacted a powerful story of life transformation that only spring can bring. The show brings a promise of new beginnings, birth, renewal, new love, and romance wrapped in sweet vibrations of music, togetherness, and celebration of life. Engaging the audience in observation of the creative process put forward by the Taylor Academy of Fine Arts performers and their instructors ring true to the mission of Taylor Foundation for the Arts to bring participatory arts to the community at large.

News Release feature in Atlanta Best Dancers: Marietta Daily Journal

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Rise of the Phoenix

To *rise like a phoenix from the ashes* means to emerge from a tragedy stronger, smarter, and more powerful than ever before. After bursting into flame, dying, and being consumed in its own fiery inferno, the beautiful mythological bird rises out of the ashes, being born again in a transformation from death to life. This spectacular show produced and performed by Taylor Academy of Fine Arts at Woodruff Center of Performing Arts in December 2019 is a perfect reflection of this eternal life symbolism. The show which is set in the Renaissance time period brings together dancers, singers, and musicians from nations and cultures around the world to showcase their talents to a multicultural audience. It aligns beautifully with the efforts of the show’s sponsor, Taylor Foundation for the Arts that strives to embrace diversity and bring the gift of participatory arts to even the most underprivileged communities.

Rise of the Phoenix was featured in The Marietta Daily Journal

Rise of the Phoenix

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Lights of Midnight

The Lights of Midnight production was an absolute success. A throwback to the roaring '20s, the students of The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts and the scholarship recipients of The Taylor Foundation for the Arts showcased regional and social dances of the time. They also showcased top talent in traditional Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.

The Lights of Midnight

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TFA Instructor Valerie Bencosme

Knight's Legend Dances

A fusion of Arabian rhythms mixes with the dynamic spirit of Michael Jackson's  

legendary musical legacy. "Knight's Legend Dances" infuses a medley of dance performances with musical and martial artists of exceptional skill.

Taylor Foundation for the Arts' Knight's Legend Dances was filled with joy and bursting with pure energy. With over 600 people in attendance, performers from twelve countries eloquently and gracefully displayed their incredible skill. These talented athletes and artists ranged in age from six years of age to sixty years of age.

Hundreds gathered in support of performing family members, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. With proceeds benefiting the Taylor Foundation for the Arts' mission to improve community wellness through education in and practice of art forms, the lives of countless individuals were touched and powerfully impacted!

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