University of South Carolina

South Carolina Festival of Dance to highlight dance arts in state

The University of South Carolina will celebrate the quality and diversity of dance with performances by some of the state’s most accomplished dancers and up-and-coming dancers at its first annual South Carolina Festival of Dance Oct. 7-9.

Sponsored by USC’s Dance Program, the festival also will offer master classes and workshops taught by some of the state’s top dance professionals.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-8 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Master classes for dancers age 11 and older will take place from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 9.<

Tickets for the performances are $10 for students, $14 for USC faculty and staff and military and $16 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by phone at 803-777-2551.

The Oct. 7 evening will feature performances by the Columbia City Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, Unbound, Vibrations, Revolve Aerial Dance, Carolina Ballet Theatre, Dance FX, The Power Company and FresNO Dance COllective.

On Saturday night, audiences will experience the dedication of the best of South Carolina’s nonprofessional troupes. Eight schools and companies selected by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals will perform. They include Aiken Civic Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg's preprofessional company, Columbia City Jazz Dance Company, Columbia Ballet School, Just Dance!, Low Country School of the Performing Arts, Southern Strutt and York County Ballet Company.

The USC Dance Company and selected professional companies will also perform during the showcase. Performances will include one by Greenville flamenco dancer and instructor Jose de Guadelupe. De Guadelupe is an independent performing artist, arts programmer and a member of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s roster of approved artists for the Arts in Education program (AIE). Additional performances include FresNO Dance COllective performing a duet, and a piece by Annex Dance, an internationally recognized classical modern dance company, with an edge.

The master classes and workshops will be taught by the state’s top dance professionals, representing a wide variety of dance styles, ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels.

A workshop specifically for dance educators will also be led by internationally recognized dance education specialists.

The festival was organized by USC graduate student Kindra Becker to support and promote the talent and creativity of dance in South Carolina.

“We knew that the festival would be great for the state and dance community but were so humbled by the outpouring of support and interest we've received,” said Becker, who is studying in the School of Library and Information Science.

The application for master classes can be found online at

All dancers must have dance experience and be at least 11 years old.


For more information on the festival, contact Kindra Becker at

Posted: 09/26/11 @ 1:00 PM | Updated: 10/07/11 @ 2:35 PM | Permalink