Hamden Public Schools alumnus Atkinson is artistic and executive director of the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre (CCBT). He earned a B.A. from the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and a M.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). He debuted professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and has performed as a company member with Ballet British Columbia, Compania de Danza Contemporanea de Burgos (Spain), Sacramento Ballet, Capacitor, the Oakland Ballet, and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston. Atkinson has been the Artistic Director of Ballet Savannah, Oakland Dance Studios and Resident Choreographer for Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Visit the CCBT at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwHIJLJwJVg.