Our Mission

We believe that movement is fundamental to life, and that dance provides an opportunity to develop rhythm, strength, coordination, flexibility, and fluidity of motion while building character and self-esteem.

At DePass Studio we seek to provide excellence in dance training for the pre-schooler through the adult, and the beginning to advanced student, whether or not the student intends to become a professional dancer. This instruction is achieved through individual and group instruction where students are trained in proper dance technique, are inspired to be creative, and learn to be their best.

Our History

Since its founding in 1981, the DePass School has been committed to providing the highest quality education for all students. Our highly professional staff focuses on excellence in training in a supportive, student-oriented environment. Students of all ages and levels are welcome, whether they dance strictly for recreation or aspire to a career in dance.

Many students from DePass School have been awarded scholarships for further study and attended such prestigious institutions as the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Julliard School, Ballet Magnificat, The Joffrey Ballet, Austin Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, New School of the Arts, and Boston Ballet. Others have succeeded in a wide variety of dance-oriented careers ranging from dancing with prominent companies like the Chicago Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet to becoming choreographers and teachers, scenic and costume designers, and editors of publications such as Dance Magazine.

Our Founder

Alice DePass studied at the Atlanta School of Ballet, the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, and The Dance Centre of London. She studied under such eminent professionals as David Howard, Marjorie Mussman, Dorothy Alexander, and Maggie Black. A former member of Ballet South, Ms. DePass danced in Europe as well as in the U.S.

Before returning to Georgia, Ms. DePass taught Dance at secondary schools and universities throughout the mid-South. From 1992 - 1998 she maintained a professional relationship with the New York City Ballet as a teaching artist, liaison, and developer of curriculum for the "Storytelling Through Dance" program. She served as a judge for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program in Dance from 1989 through 2000.

Alice served as Director, Instructor, and Choreographer of DePass Studio until her unexpected death in December of 2018.  The teachers and staff of DePass Studio are committed to continuing her legacy of sharing her love of dance with children, adults, and families in our community. Karen Wolf is now acting as Studio Director.

Our staff's goal is to provide excellent training to students in a fun, supportive, and structured environment. We believe we both teach students to dance, but also train them for success in life.


Alice DePass Studio of Dance
1041 Park Drive, Watkinsville, GA
706-769-1177