Suwanee Academy of the Arts


We opened our doors at Suwanee Academy of the Arts in 2003 with a mission to inspire excellence and enrich the lives of young artists, their families, and the community at large through the disciplines of dance, music, and theatre arts. Founders Berneta Bock Davis and Patty Weyen Etherton poured their hearts into creating a beautiful, loving School for the Arts.

Suwanee Academy of the Arts has quickly become known through out Atlanta for providing the highest quality of arts education for students, newborn through Adult. In support of this mission, the founders helped spearhead a non-profit company, Suwanee Performing Arts, which offers Gwinnett County quality performance opportunities in which to participate, appreciate, and support! 

Educational Philosophy

Our goal at Suwanee Academy of the Arts is to provide a professional and disciplined, yet fun and supportive atmosphere where students of all levels can succeed. At the Academy, the aim is not only to teach "how" but to cultivate the "why," forming a deep appreciation for art which minimizes the need to compete. Every student builds self-confidence as they learn to appreciate what each individual brings to the art form.

Exceptional Instruction

Through the educational integrity of its founders, the Academy has attracted professional educators with years of professional experience, who love what they do and share a common goal—to nurture and inspire

excellence in each and every artist. Students enrolled at the Academy not only learn from teachers that have "studied the arts" but from mentors who have "lived the arts."


Suwanee Academy of the Arts Studio

Our “Little Yellow House” next to the Suwanee Public Library is anything but little. Our 6000 square feet holds not only 2 dance studios with 9 foot mirrors, top of the line sprung floors and double hung barres; but also a black box mini theater, complete with lighting and sound system, where drama classes are held; a Kindermusik studio that sports it’s very own “tree” as well as 6 private lesson studios, with sound barrier for the optimal learning experience.  

Art is not a thing; it is a way.  Elbert Hubbard

341 Main Street, Suwanee, Georgia  30024         678-482-6333        Suwanee Academy of the Arts on Facebook