Dance Department Faculty, Students Remember Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton, longtime Brenau University professor and chair of the Department of Dance, died Tuesday, May 1, surrounded by family at her home in Gainesville, Georgia.

The service for Carlton will be held at 11 a.m. next Wednesday, May 9, in the new Free Chapel cathedral located at 1290 McEver Road in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all wear her favorite color, purple, that day.

Carlton joined Brenau’s Dance Department in 1998, bringing thoughtful and technical skills along with what her former coworkers describe as artistic passion and deep friendship.

Madia Whillette Cooper-Ashirifi, department chair, assistant professor of dance and a 2004 Brenau graduate, was both Carlton’s student, mentee and coworker.

“I am reminded how I landed here working side-by-side with an extraordinary woman like Jolie,” said Cooper-Ashirifi. “As her student, I recall her keen eye for detail and logistics, the way she articulated instructions and gave feedback, and her loving nature that penetrated through the whole department. Now, I appreciate our friendship as co-workers and as sisters in faith. She was everything one could look for in a great mentor.”

The entire Brenau community extends heartfelt condolences to Carlton’s family, including her husband, Dennis, and will forever remember the impact she had on countless students during her time here.

To read more about Carlton, see Brenau Dance Department Faculty, Students Remember Longtime Professor Jolie Long Carlton on the Brenau main website. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent online to