The idea for the program, now partnered with groups like USO of Georgia, Hugs for Soldiers, Wounded Warriors, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, grew out of more than 13,000 girls’ desire to do something for area residents serving in Afghanistan, on the high seas, and other spots across the globe.
“Our collaborative culture led to an inventive succession plan, giving artists the chance to pursue leadership positions within the company,” said Zoetic Dance Ensemble founder and Creative Director Melanie Blanchard. That’s how they hired new Artistic Director Mallory Baxley, a dancer and filmmaker who began with the company in high school, and stuck with them through college at UGA and beyond. “Many of our dancers have invested years of their careers in Zoetic,” said Blanchard. “We wanted to offer them a significant return by recruiting a new Artistic Director from within.”