Zanne Colton Artistic Director


Zanne Colton’s influence is felt by every dancer, professional or amateur, that comes within her sphere. Audiences have clearly seen her impeccable direction and taste on the Augusta Ballet stage where she served as Artistic Director for fourteen years. With her associate and long-time colleague, Peter Powlus, the vision of a fully professional company was realized through the Augusta Ballet. Zanne and Peter produced and directed ten full evening productions as well as a host of acclaimed repertory works for Augusta audiences.

Beginning her studies at the age of six, her first instructors were Alexis Dolinof and Sallie Carlson. When Ron Colton arrived in Augusta, Zanne began four years of intensive study culminating in a Ford Foundation scholarship with Balanchine’s School of American Ballet – one of only ten students in the country to receive such an honor.

Zanne danced professionally as a principal soloist with the Atlanta Ballet and was one of only six women in the Atlanta Ballet’s original touring ensemble; however, the preponderance of her dancing career was spent in Augusta where she was a principal dancer with the Augusta Ballet from 1970-1985. She has danced many of the major roles in the classical repertory such as Odette in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle, and Swanilda in Coppelia. It was her uniqueness that prompted the creation of ballets especially for her. Duncan Noble’s Symphony 13 and Episode as well as Tom Pazik’s Mandolina are a few of the works she inspired. She has set ballets throughout the Southeast and was selected to perform professionally at several nationally sponsored choreographers’ conferences. She has served as a panelist for the Artists-in-the-Schools, the Artists Initiated Programs, and on the Dance Panel of the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Zanne’s newest vision is Colton Ballet Company and she is excited to continue to produce dance for her home – Augusta.