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 world-renowned instructors, the Dance program (grades 10-12) is based in classical ballet, with the opportunity at junior and senior levels 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.

Philosophy

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support to care for, and nurture the developing dancer is provided with the department's priority on Health and Wellness. A 'Positivity' philosophy is implemented, and 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.
  • Additionally, professional career guidance, by our internationally recognized faculty, begins with a mentoring program at junior level, leading to audition preparation at senior level, that includes a resume, portfolio, the coaching of audition solos and, audition applications. 

Our mission and goals all play an integral role in developing our students' knowledge of movement philosophies, vocabulary, styles, and dynamic range; they gain confidence and maturity as performing artists and become better prepared for careers in dance.

When To Apply By Grade

Dance students may apply in the 9th or 10th grade to attend during their 10th through 12th-grade years. 

The Dance Department offers two admissions periods—an Early Decision Admissions period and a Regular Decision period. Students who apply and audition during the Early Decision period will receive priority for admissions.

See more details about the application and admissions process below.

    Students in Ballet class
    Modern Dance Performance
    Spring Ballet Performance
    Ballet lift

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

    Application

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    First Application Deadline: $50 application fee automatically waived if application form is submitted by November 30, 2020

    Final Application Deadline: January 6, 2021

    Components for Online Application

    Inquiry & Login Credentials

    Application Form

    Passport-Style ID Photo

    Dance Questions 

    Dance Photo

    Personal Essay *see details below*

    Recommendations

    Official High School Transcript

    Current Report Card

    Current Attendance Record

    Guidance/Registrar Form

    Audition Video *see Audition tab*

    Personal Essay

    Essays will be uploaded to the online application.

    Describe in 500-800 words why you want to study dance at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, where you see yourself 10 years from now, and how studying at the Governor's School will help you achieve your goal.

    Upload the essay in Word or PDF format. Do not upload using the PAGES app.

    Audition

    The Residential High School Dance Auditions will be held virtually this year.

    Audition videos must be submitted by February 5, 2021.

    Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a 5-10 minute virtual interview on February 20, 2021 after SCGSAH adjudicators have reviewed all video submissions. Not every applicant will be asked to interview. Not being selected for an interview does not negatively impact your consideration for the program. 

    Audition Video & Submission Guidelines

    Audition Video Guidelines Video Submission Guidelines

    Standard Dance Attire

    Females:  Black leotards, convertible pink tights, ballet shoes. For the modern center practice, applicants must be barefoot (rolled up convertible tights).

    Males:  Black t-shirts, dance belts, black convertible tights with black shoes. For the modern center practice, applicants must be barefoot (rolled up convertible tights).