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Studio History


Georgia's School of Dance is the oldest dance studio in North County. Located in the heart of Escondido California, we have been teaching children and adults to dance for over 60 years. The school was founded by Georgia Copeland in1953.


Georgia, also known as "Georgie" by her  family and friends, began her professional dancing

career at the age of eight. At seventeen, she was chosen as an MGM Starlet, making many

movie musicals and went on to work with 20th Century Fox making appearances as a

"Goldwyn" and "Ziegfeld" girl. She worked with such stars as Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Buddy Ebsen and Esther Williams. 


Georgia married Jack Copeland and opened her first dance studio in Escondido. Through her instruction, she personally produced over 40 professional dancers. She was known for her beautiful smile, great legs and enormous heart. She impacted the lives of so many.


In 1998 after Georgia's passing, Sue Gilson assumed the operation of the studio. Sue worked with Georgia for more than 25 years and has continued her legacy of providing excellent dance technique and opportunities to dancers in North San Diego County.


Georgia's School of Dance is proud to offer ballet, pointe, tap, children's combo classes, boys, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical, ballroom, pilates, musical theatre, technique, turns and leaps for ages 1 1/2 to adult.



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