Prepare for a 21st Century dance career.

Both formal and forward-thinking, the Dance Department offers a pre-professional training program reflective of the 21st Century. Through sound training and a diverse curriculum, our progressive and systematic approach increases the dancers' technical, artistic, and intellectual scope.

Led by nationally recognized instructors, the Residential High School Dance program serves 10-12th grade and is based in classical ballet. Junior and senior dancers have the opportunity to continue with a classical ballet focus or to choose a modern/contemporary concentration. Both options offer students a systematic and diverse curriculum that is physically demanding and rewarding. They are designed to educate and prepare students for entry into the post-secondary and professional dance world.


Our mission is to nurture and maintain programs that are inclusive and reflective of a diverse and fluid global dance community with the goal of developing and educating successful, versatile, professional dancers.

Dance Training Concepts

The ballet program is based on long-established concepts and ideas taken from the Vaganova, Cecchetti, R.A.D., and Cuban school.

The Modern/Contemporary component exposes students to theoretical concepts that touch on principles based on the Graham, Horton, Limon, and Cunningham techniques.

Dance Forms

Classical ballet and modern dance training is complemented with a diverse range of concert dance and dance-related forms such as Variation, Partnering and Pas De Deux, Historical Dance, Character, Methodology, Movement Improvisation, Movement Composition, African-based styles, Jazz, Pilates and Anatomy, Dance History, and Music for Dancers.

Health & Wellness

Support to care for and nurture the developing dancer is provided with the department's priority on Health and Wellness.

As part of our holistic approach to dance training, our Positivity Program helps dancers maintain their physical and mental health for the optimal learning experience.

Additional classes in Anatomy, Pilates, Yoga, Alexander technique, Stretch and Strength, Cross-Training for dancers and Dance Injury prevention are offered to support and address each student's uniqueness.

Career Guidance

Professional career guidance begins with a mentoring program at the junior level, leading to audition preparation at the senior level, which includes a resume, portfolio, solo audition coaching and audition applications. 

Through the Governor's School's rigorous yet rewarding Dance program, students' gain knowledge of movement philosophies, vocabulary, styles, and dynamic range. They also build confidence and maturity as performing artists who are better prepared for careers in dance.

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Call: 864.546.0197

    Students in Ballet class
    Scene from Esmeralda
    Ballet class
    Male dancers

    Our graduates continue their dance education at the following trainee and university dance programs: