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Alice DePass Miller


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Alice DePass Miller Obituary
Alice DePass Stevens Miller, 63 of Athens, Georgia, passed away December 13, 2018, following a brief illness. Ali was born September 3, 1955 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. She grew up in Sandy Springs and attended Ridge View High School. She attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and graduated with a degree in English.

Ali started her love of dance in kindergarten when she went to Miss Roberta's dance school in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She also grew up loving small animals, attending girl scouts, and singing in cherub choir at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Ali studied dance at the Atlanta School of Ballet, the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Dance Centre of London. She studied with eminent professionals including David Howard, Marjorie Mussman, Dorothy Alexander, and Maggie Black. As a former member of Ballet South, Ali danced extensively in Europe and the USA.

Before returning to Georgia, Ali taught dance at secondary schools and universities throughout the mid-South. From 1992 to 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.

In 2011 Ali celebrated 30 years of teaching dance in Athens. Her company dancers performed dances such as The Firebird, The Orphan Train, Peter and the Wolf, Ruth, and Pandora's Box. Her company's biannual performances of The Grinch were an iconic part of the holiday season. Her performances regularly included company dancers and dancers of all ages from the Alice DePass Studio of Dance. Ali regularly featured performances for local school children so they could be exposed to the artistry of dance. In 2012 she included a special sensory show for children with special needs and their caregivers, including children on the autism spectrum with sensory issues and other special needs.

Survivors include her husband, William Harrison Miller, and son Harrison Miller, both of Athens; her mother, Alice Stevens of Atlanta; nephew John P. Stevens III of Stockbridge; and uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stephenson of Columbia, SC. She was preceded in death by her brother, John P. Stevens, Jr., and her father, John Phinizy Stevens.

There will be a celebration of Alice's extraordinary life at Cornerstone Church on Lexington Road in Athens on January 26 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Extra Special People (ESP) in Watkinsville.

Lord & Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 13, 2019
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