Academy of Arts


Thu 7pm / Fri 7pm / Sat 2 & 7pm







JUNE 10-13


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General Information

Smoke Rise Academy of Arts

Est. 1992
Committed to Developing the Talents of Our Community
A Non-Degree Granting, Non-Profit Institution

Acknowledging the Arts as a gift of God, it is the purpose of the Smoke Rise Academy of Arts to provide students with quality instruction and a means of expression for their God-given talents. In an environment where Christ is honored, students are challenged by outstanding teachers to develop their unique and individual gifts for the glory of God.

Registration is now open!

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Register at any time. No fee at the time of registration. 


Drama / JTF

Greyson Chadwick, Director & Choreographer

Critically-acclaimed actress Greyson Chadwick, is a native of Atlanta who attended SRAA as a young stage student. Her film career began with her role as the infamous “Amanda” in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, which was followed shortly after by a role in Why Did I Get Married? When she was cast in the leading role in Dance of the Dead, she moved to Los Angeles, where she studied and worked for several years. Chadwick’s recent credits include roles in The Resident, Doom Patrol, Nashville, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Christmas Everlasting. She co-starred in the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere of 33 Variations for which the cast was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Acting Ensemble and won several awards including Best Play.

Greyson Chadwick is a native to Atlanta where she began her professional acting career working in theatre in the Metro-Atlanta area. Her Film career began when she played the infamous “Amanda” in Tyler Perry’s DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS which led to another role in WHY DID I GET MARRIED?. She then booked her first leading role in Lionsgate’s DANCE OF THE DEAD which took her to Los Angeles where she studied and worked for several years. Most recent credits include THE RESIDENT, DOOM PATROL, NASHVILLE, and Hallmark Hall of Fame CHRISTMAS EVERLASTING to name a few. Greyson’s voice can be heard in various projects and video games and she has appeared in National Commercials for BIG LOTS, BUDLIGHT, HYUNDAI, MITSUBISHI, CICI’S PIZZA, GOOGLE+, and ASPEN DENTAL. Greyson still has a deep love and admiration for the stage (where this all began!). She co-starred in the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere of 33 VARIATIONS in which the cast was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Acting Ensemble and WON Best Play (among several other wins).

Summer Everyone is a star!

Learn the acting craft with drama games, improvisations, individual scene work, production numbers from popular musicals and lots of fun!

Students in the Drama class will have the opportunity to perform comedy, drama, and musical productions. Past performances have included Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Little Shop of Horrors and Wizard of Oz. Recent Broadway Jr. productions have included Little Mermaid, Seussical, Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland, Lion King and Mary Poppins.


Summer Drama 2023

SUMMER JR DRAMA 2023 begins May 15 / Finding Nemo, Jr Sept 22-24

SUMMER TEEN DRAMA 2023 – auditions May 15 & 19 / The Phantom of the Opera          Aug 25-27

Information         Summer Schedule         





Monday classes

Fall Drama 2023/2024

Young Elementary (Grades 1-3) begins Sep 5 – Mondays 5:30-6:45 Annie, KIDS Nov 10-11

TEEN Drama begins Dec 4 / 7:00 – 9:00 – production weekend tent. March 14-16

JR Drama (Grades 4 – 8) begins Feb 5 / 6:00-7:30 – production weekend tent. May 2-4

ACT ONE preschool Drama class is catered to the 4-5 year old. This is a non-performance based class where children act out favorite stories they know and love. They learn acting skills and stage presence in a classroom environment and prepare informal skits for parents and friends. Class times TBA.




SMOKE RISE JTF team for the Junior Theater Festival 2024!

New students (new to the JTF team) must register for an audition.  

Returning JTF students do not need to audition at this time; however, those who wish to offer fresh auditions may do so. 

 Email for audition information


Student fee

  • Non-refundable registration $25
  • JTF fee & tuition $485
  • Fees include – JTF registration, admission wristband, adjudication t-shirt, tuition


Chaperone / guest fee

  • Non-refundable registration $25
  • JTF fee $350
  • Fee includes – JTF registration, admission wristband, team t-shirt

  • Upon acceptance to the JTF Troupe your $25 registration fee will be due to reserve your place.  Fees may be paid in monthly payments. All fees due by October 1. $25 late fee after Oct 1. 
  • Optional Accessory packages available will include tradable wristbands, sweatshirt, team t-shirt, etc.
  • Rehearsals will begin late August / early September. Please reserve Fridays 6:00-9:00 and Saturdays 10:00-1:00.  Detailed rehearsal schedule will be made available before fall.
  • Festival dates: January 12-14, 2024 at the Cobb Galleria



Private Music Lessons

Music for Everyone

Music is the one study that uses the entire brain! Studies show that participating in music study helps the young develop numerous skills and the adult keep their brain sharp!

One – on – one music instruction is offered year round for all ages. Improve your child’s studies, keep your brain active or follow a dream!

Fall lessons begin August -May / Summer lessons June – July

One-on-one music instruction is offered weekly in piano, organ, violin, viola, flute,voice, drums, guitar, ukulele and mandolin. Lessons are taught by qualified experienced instructors with music degrees and are offered in 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions. Thirty-four weekly lessons are scheduled from August through May in conjunction with the local school calendars. Ten weekly lessons are offered during the Summer Session. Refer to the Instructional Start Dates for summer and fall schedules.

Fall Fees

August – May
(32 weeks – 16 weeks per semester)

Academy Registration Fee
$45 per student (Family max $125) covers all event registrations for the entire academic year (August-July).

A student may register for as many events as desired with out additional registration fees. This covers all arts events sponsored by the Arts Academy.

Lessons Tuition Fees

The per-lesson tuition for  lessons is the same fall and summer; however, in the fall, fees may be paid in 9 equal monthly payments, 2 equal semester payments or one full year payment.  Specify desired payment arrangement when registering. There is no additional charge for monthly payments.

Please know the monthly payments are the same regardless of the number of lessons in any given month.

Tuition must be paid before the 1st lesson.

The 9 monthly payments run August – April and are due by the 1st of the month. A $10 late fee is applied by the 10th.

Lessons are subject to termination if tuition if not received by the 15th of the month. May tuition is reserved from your August payment.

Semester payments are due before the first lesson of each semester (August / January)

Lesson Tuition Fees

30 minute weekly lesson                  45 minute weekly lesson                  60 minute weekly lesson

(34 weeks)                                                  (34 weeks)                                                    (34 weeks)

Monthly: $106                                          Monthly: $159                                         Monthly: $212

Semester: $476                                       Semester: $714                                        Semester: $952

Year: $952                                                   Year: $1428                                               Year: $1904

Summer Weekly: $28.00                   Summer Weekly: $42.00                    Summer Weekly: $56.00


Dalcroze is physical. Dalcroze is fun! Dalcroze is benefitial to everyone – musician, dancer, actor, child, adult, senior.

Classes offered Saturdays 10:00 & 11:00 Oct 1 – Dec 10
Introductory tuition – $80 for 10 classes                              Register

Eurhythmics engages the body in rhythmic movement and active listening to music improvised by an instructor.

Michelle Li is the only certified Dalcroze instructor in the state of Georgia.
Ms. Li says, “Come with bare feet, and open heart, and a willingness to play!”


Fridays 3:30 & 4:45 / Tuition $75 monthly

RegisterDjembe drumsDundun drumsDemonstration video


Music with Ms. Ginger

Children are naturally drawn to music which will make your time in Musikgarten classes both fun and beneficial. Activities include bouncing songs and rocking songs, finger plays and body awareness games, dances and instrumental play, all of which stimulates the brain, fosters physical development, and cultivates listening skills. And only Musikgarten can offer you coordinated, sequential curricula to grow with your child all the way through group piano lessons.

Musikgarten involves the whole family! In addition to attending classes with your child, you will receive a wonderful CD full of fun songs to sing, beautiful lullabies to rock with, lively melodies for bouncing your child, and instrumental pieces for playing rhythm instruments or dancing to. Additionally, you will receive a set of instruments, and a book to help support you as continue the music-making at home.

Musikgarten classes for all preschool ages: Family Music for Babies, Toddlers and Babies and Cycle of Seasons, ages 3 – 5. Class curriculum is based on meeting the developmental needs of children as they grow. Favorite songs, stories, and dances are revisited throughout – building on what each child has mastered and enjoyed – making successful learning easier.

Ginger Tankersly is a certified Musikgarten instructor. Ginger is a Music Education graduate of University of Mississippi. She taught in Yokkaichhi, Japan before returning home to Atlanta and teaching in the public schools. Ginger has over 20 years experience teaching children music in the public and private schools. She is married and has 2 boys.

Classes Offered Fall / Spring Semester

BRING A FRIEND – You and a friend can receive 20% discount on your first semester tuition for any MUSIKGARTEN class.  (Limited to one semester)

SUMMER 2022 FAMILY MUSIC FOR TODDLERS AND BABIES ages TODDLERS – K.  plus parent / grandparent

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 10:00-10:45 – JUNE 7-30

8 classes – $100 (sibling 50%)


CYCLE OF SEASONS ages 3-5 plus parent / grandparent

Classes meet for 45 minutes weekly / 12 week semester


Family Music – ages 18 MONTHS – 3 YEARS and parent / grandparent – 

Cycle of Seasons ages 3-5 – TBA


Optional home kit includes:

Baby and toddler packs include a rhythm instrument, CD and an activity book.  Packs for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s include a CD, activity book and listening cards.

Visual Arts

Oil Painting Class for Adults 

Class times TBA

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Sessions: Every 6 weeks (August- July)
Wednesday Sessions

Summer Sessions
June  – July


Students will learn the techniques of the Masters, how to mix colors and see in depth.

  • No art or drawing experience necessary
  • Choose your own subject matter
  • Work at your own pace
  • Paint from your own photos!
  • Still life painting will be introduced
  • Easels are furnished

Some supplies are available, but additional supplies may need to be purchased. Estimated cost of $45-$50 for additional supplies. Supply list will be furnished by the instructor at the first class.


Learn about your camera, downloading and storing files, black and white or color, self portraits, animal and family portraits, studio set up, and more.

Some classes will be held on location for special photo shoots.


Mixed Media Elementary Art


Students will learn the technique of the great artists – drawing, sketching, and painting and using various media forms. Students will work on long term projects while perfecting their artistic skills. Students will learn colors and shapes to create their masterpieces.



Students will learn art techniques utilized by artists all over the world. During the month of June they will draw, sketch and paint using various media forms. Students will work with a variety of subject matters and themes, as well as use their creativity and imaginations to produce fun and colorful projects!

Shannon Honeycutt-Smith has been creating art since she could pick up a pencil and a paint brush! She was inspired by her high school art teacher, Jack Denton, to pursue the arts after graduation. Mrs. Honeycutt-Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.  She has taught privately from her home for many years. She has also taught in museum, community and homeschool programs on the elementary and middle school levels in the past. Mrs. Honeycutt-Smith also served as an adjunct faculty instructor at New Haven University in Connecticut and Pellissippi State in Tennessee.  Currently, Mrs. Honeycutt-Smith teaches privately and also leads the art club at Smoke Rise Prep.




June 10-13 ~ 12:30-4:30 pm daily

CHILDREN grades rising K-7 / Reg. $25 Tuition $110 



Keyboard Classes


INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC MAKERS AT THE KEYBOARD – ages 5-6 Class size is limited!

This class will use MusikGarten curriculum and is designed to lead into the Music Makers at the Keyboard class. Ginger Tankersley, instructor is certified by MUSIKGARTEN.



This class is for beginning piano students ages 6-9. Students learn basic piano techniques, note reading and listening skills. Supplies include music book, notation cards and Listening and Practice CD’s for each semester. Class instruction includes” Singing circle to get familiar with materials and Major / minor modes, keyboard instruction, listening analysis of classical pieces/ form / style, dance, and games for music reading and writing skills! This is a very fun and comprehensive beginning to piano.


This class is a continuation of the level 1 class and is open to all students who have completed the class MUSIC MAKERS AT THE KEYBOARD 1.


This class is a continuation of the level 1 class and is open to all students who have completed the class MUSIC MAKERS AT THE KEYBOARD 2.

Summer Class

Intro to Fall/Spring classes TBA


Fall Class

60 minute classes in levels 1, 2 and 3 meet weekly from September – May (32 weeks)

Class size limited
Instructor: Ginger Tankerlsey

Twinklers Violin

For ages 4-5

Twinklers will build starter violins to be used for the first few classes. Students will be fitted for appropriate sized violins. Students will learn to play their violin, using proper posture and producing a pleasing tone. The fun and rhythmic approach to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is always a crowd pleaser!

Class will be structured to involve parent participation, so as to equip parents for assistance with home practice. Violins may be rented from various music stores. The Suzuki violin School Book 1 listening CD is strongly recommended for daily listening. Supply list will be issued by the instructor.

Denise Burcham

DENISE BURCHAM has performed and taught professionally for over 30 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Baylor University  and graduate studies in Music Education and the Gifted Education from University of South Carolina and Converse College.  Mrs. Burcham has maintained private violin studios and performed with symphony orchestras in GA, AL, TX, MS and SC.  She taught strings for grades 6-12 in SC for 10 years.  Mrs. Burcham has taught at Smoke Rise since 2009 and been Academy Director since 2011.

Fall Twinkler Class

Wednesdays 1:45pm – 2:30pm September – May
Classes begin first Wednesday following Labor Day
Class size limited
Instructor: Denise Burcham


Express in Motion

Everyone loves to dance, and at the Academy of Arts, we teach dance as an incredibly exciting art form.

Our lively classes provide a happy and safe environment for students of all ages and abilities (adults included!). Dancers ages 3 and up are encouraged to express themselves creatively, while also developing rhythm, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and confidence. As a non-competition program, we believe that every dancer is unique and will grow at his or her own pace. Periodic dance performances share our love for this world-wide art form with our family, friends and greater community.

As a part of our dance program, you or your child will also be exposed to the most beautiful and dynamic form of exercise there is. Dancers have always been known for their physical strength, endurance and an impeccable health. Our programs continue with this tradition of blending art and physical activity to make the perfect mind-body workout! This year, in addition to our popular pre-tap & ballet class, we are excited to offer you several new classes for school age children and adults!

SYDNEY CASH is an accomplished singer, dance and stage performer with regional performance credits in commercial, musical theatre, opera, large and mid-size contemporary live music venues.  She has an award-winning stage presence with significant additional experience in recitals and solo vocal appearances – including major productions at Stone Mountain Park.  Ms. Cash holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia College and State University.  Ms. Cash is an extremely knowledgeable performing arts instructor with over 16 years of experience in dance, vocal and theatrical instruction and training.  In addition to her dance studio, Ms. Cash also teaches voice at the Smoke Rise Academy of Arts.

Greyson Chadwick

Preschool Dancers


Ages 3-4 (must be potty trained)

Ballet & Tap Introduction – Tuesdays and Thursday’s 1:45-2:30 –

Once a week or twice a week options


Elementary / Young adult Dancers

Young Elementary Dance

Ages 5-7
Ballet / Tap – Thursdays 4:30-5:30 –

We will be continuing our younger dancers’ educations in graceful ballet and rhythmic tap. This level is geared toward ages 5-7 and requires no prior experience. Dancers will expand on foundation dance steps while continuing to work on coordination, memorization and confidence. Students will also be introduced to original choreography that will be both fun and challenging.


Elementary Dance

Ages 8-13 – 

  • Ages 8-12 ballet / lyrical on Mondays 5:30-6:15
  • Ages 8 and up Jazz / hip-hop on Tue 4:30-5:15 &/or Thu 5:45-6:30 (once a week or twice a week)
  • Ages 8-12 beginner tap on Tue 5:30-6:15
  • Ages 10+ intermediate tap (at least 1 yr. exp.) on Thu 6:45-7:30

Ages 8-13 Combo A (Jazz & Tap classes)

Ages 8-13 Combo B (Ballet + Jazz or Tap) 

Ages 8-13 Combo C (Ballet, Tap & Jazz)

Liturgical Dance:
ages 9-14
Sundays 3:00-3:45

This year, in partnership with the Smoke Rise Children, Youth and Music Ministries, the Academy of Arts will also be offering a liturgical dance class to all young adults. Liturgical dance is a beautiful form of faith expression, conveying prayer and worship through gentle movements. Our class will focus on sharing God’s love through our graceful storytelling, including both choreographed and improvised dance.

Theater Dance Fusion with Greyson Chadwick

Theater Dance Fusion

Join award winning Actress and Director/Choreographer Greyson Chadwick in her new Broadway inspired dance class! Every week you will not only explore various types of musical theater dance, but will begin each class with a solid foundational teaching of technique – which is the basis for all dance! This includes barre work and across the floor combinations rooted in Ballet and Jazz. Then kick it up a notch and dance your little hearts out to Fosse, Webber, Schwartz and the like! This class is for the “Experienced Beginner “or the motivated actor who either has some previous dance training or is a very skilled mover. Ages 8-12 / 12-18. Class size is limited. 

Apparel:              Jazz and ballet shoes, leggings / yoga or pants comfortable for extreme dancing 

Ages 8-18  Tuesday 5:30-7:00 – Beginner level

Ages 8-18  Tuesday 7:00-8:30 – Intermediate level

Possible new class TBA

Adult Dancers

Adult Tap Dance


Tap – Monday’s 6:30-7:30 –  Register Dance Adult Tap

If you are looking for a class that combines the art of dance with fitness, our adult tap dance class is for you! This exciting class welcomes both novice and seasoned dancers and is a fabulous way to greet the day. We will begin each class with an invigorating stretch and warm-up, which will help to alleviate aches and pains while also increasing muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. After our bodies are warm, we will continue with fun and upbeat dance combinations and choreography to keep you movin’! We will learn several tap dance styles and techniques, but will always keep our focus on having fun while staying active.


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Smoke Rise Academy of Arts
5901 Hugh Howell Road
Stone Mountain Ga. 30087

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Academy of Arts
Denise Burcham, Director

From I-285

• Take Hwy 78 East to Stone Mountain.
• Exit at Hugh Howell Road and go through the first traffic light.
• The church will be on your left.

From I-85 North

• Exit at I-285 East.
• Take Hwy 78 East to Stone Mountain.
• Exit at Hugh Howell Road and go through the first traffic light.
• The church will be on your left.

From Tucker

• From the intersection of Lawrenceville Hwy and Hugh Howell Road.
• Go east toward Stone Mountain for approximately 3 1/2 miles.
• The church will be on the right.

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