Residential High School - Dance Program

The mission of the Dance Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is to nurture and maintain a program that is inclusive and reflective of a diverse and fluid global dance community with the goal of developing and educating successful, versatile, professional dancers. It is a program that aims to be both formal and forward-thinking, blending traditions with the moving trends of the 21st century.

The Dance Department's program is based in classical ballet and offers pre-professional training that is enhanced with a strong modern/contemporary dance component. The program offers students a systematic and diverse curriculum that is both physically demanding and rewarding. It is designed to educate and prepare students for entry into the post-secondary and professional dance world

Through sound training and a progressive curriculum, the systematic approach of our dance program ensures increases in technical, artistic and intellectual scope. The ballet program is based on long-established concepts and ideas taken from the Vaganova, Cecchetti, R.A.D., and Cuban Schools while the modern/contemporary component exposes students to theoretical concepts that touches on principles based on the Graham, Horton, Limon, and Cunningham techniques.

The dance program is committed to remaining at the forefront of an ever-changing dance world. We complement the classical ballet and modern dance training with a diverse range of concert dance and dance related forms such as Historical Dance, Character, Partnering, Improvisation, Composition, Dance History, Pilates and Anatomy, and Nutrition. Spanish, Hip Hop and African based dance styles are also offered through residencies held throughout the year with internationally recognized, practicing guest artists.

Students learn ballet and additional dance style repertoire to promote a wider range of technical proficiency and strength, a deeper level of expressiveness and a more sophisticated musicality. All play an integral role in our students’ technical and artistic growth; we believe that by developing versatility, broadening our knowledge of movement philosophies, vocabulary, styles and dynamic range, students gain confidence and maturity as performing artists and become better prepare for careers in dance nationally and internationally.

Dance Program Staff

The faculty is comprised of internationally recognized artists working toward a common goal—providing students with a strong pre-professional foundation for continuation into a professional career in dance. The stellar full-time and part-time faculty is highly qualified with a mixture of degrees or equivalent professional experience, working successfully together to address the areas of expertise required in the Dance Program’s curriculum.

The faculty provides students with guidance on their post-graduate directions by maintaining excellent nationwide relationships with dance companies, conservatories, colleges, and universities. It is the mandate of the program to direct and advise according to each individual student’s special traits and strengths. Through the “Senior Audition Preparation” classes held weekly, the faculty provides students with specific career guidance on an individual basis and helps them prepare for company and/or school auditions.