Annette Lewis, Director
Annette is the Director, soul and spirit of Good Moves. Miss Annette, as she is known, came to dance in her mid-twenties. She studied dance with May O’Donnell, Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, Robert Joffrey, Carl Radcliffe and Fiona Faerie. She performed nationally and internationally with Company Kaye, Tokunagu Ko, Great American Dance Machine, City Center Dance Theatre, Charles Weidman Repertory Workshop Theatre, Theater of the Stars and Disney. She has provided teaching and choreography workshops and completed residencies for the Fulton County Arts Council of Atlanta, the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired, the Limón Dance Institute, the Arts International Educational Association in Italy, Spain and France, the Brooklyn College Youth Outreach Program in New York, Spelman College of Atlanta, and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Ms. Lewis is a dedicated teacher whose philosophy is that the study of dance should be a joyful and intricate adventure. She does not hold that a teacher’s goal should be to “make dancers.” However, she has had many students who have gone on to successful professional careers in dance. They include: Pamala Jones Malavé, a former soloist with the Limón Dance Company, Albert Evans of New York City Ballet; Jean Hill who has performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Basil Ballet and the Düsseldorf Ballet; Cedric Rouse of the Dance Theater of Harlem; and Geoffrey Rhue who has danced with Joffrey II, the Boston Ballet, and Twyla Tharp. Miss Annette creates dances with her students but, more importantly; she fosters an atmosphere in which the students can in her words, “create themselves.”
Rose Shields is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She studies many styles of dancing and has performed works by Camille Brown, Bubba Carr, T. Lang, Joanna Brooks, and Annette Lewis. After three years of touring with the Open Dream Ensemble, an outreach and musical theatre company out of UNCSA, Rose returned to her hometown of Atlanta to work with Rule of 3 Dance, Young Audiences at Woodruff Arts Center, and The Imperial OPA Circus. She has taught ballet for Chinese folk dancers with Cao Ying Dance and for aspiring young artists at Good Moves in Inman Park. Rose currently is a member of CORE Performance Company in Decatur helping to create, perform, and present contemporary dance in the community, and is an aerialist and acrobat with ELEMENT Acrobats. She enjoys encompassing knowledge from her vast studies in body mechanics into her contemporary & ballet classes. Rose is also a closet break dancer and loves climbing on trees and playgrounds.
Susanna M. Green
Susanna M. Green, an Atlanta native, discovered an early enthusiasm for dancing and drawing, both of which would become meaningful influences and disciplines in her life. At age nine, she began her classical training at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, studying the Royal Academy of Ballet syllabus under Kelly Oakes-Dent, and Limon and Hawkins Modern techniques under Amy Gately. Susanna continued her dance and art education at Temple University in the BFA Dance program in Philadelphia, where she worked with accomplished artists and choreographers, including Metian Soto and Charles Anderson. She completed her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2007.For the past nine years, Susanna has danced in the contemporary company, Room to Move, where she also enjoyed choreographing and costume designing for the close ensemble. For the past several years, she has taught classical dance throughout the Atlanta area for studios and school programs including, The Georgia Counsel for the Arts and Decatur School of Ballet. She continues to perform collaboratively with artists and dancers in Atlanta, and is thrilled to be part of Moving On.
Andrew Ritfeld began his dance training at Valdosta State University, which eventually led to becoming a company member with SWADance Co. under Sarah Wildes Arnett. With SWAD, he performed in the MAD Festival in 2013 and 2014, and in the Alabama Dance Festival. After graduating, he transitioned into dancing with Full Radius Dance as a full time company member. Andrew brings incredible physical skill, but more than that he brings a willingness to explore even the simplest gesture to its fullest. He maintains his fitness and energy levels with lots and lots of chocolate!
Board of Directors
Sarah duBignon – Board Chair
Annette Lewis, Director of Good Moves
Ed Dobmeyer, Treasurer, President, The Dobmeyer Group
Sherry L. Stahler, Ed.S., Development, School Counselor, Gwinnett County Schools
Ann Cale Kruger, Ph.D., Advisor, Associate Professor of Education, Georgia State University
Kris Dwyer, Financial Advisor, LongView Wealth Management