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Get en pointe about upcoming performances and news from the University of South Carolina Dance Program.

Announcing Our 2021-2022 Dance Season

Mark your calendars for our slate of exciting in-person dance concerts in our 2021-2022 season!

Dance Program Founder Looks Back on 45 Years of Dance Excellence

We're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the UofSC Dance Company May 8 with a Virtual Gala featuring performances from throughout our history and special guests. Distinguished Professor Emeritus Susan Anderson looks back on the program she founded.

Student Choreography Showcase | April 23-25, 2021

Eleven original dance films will be presented in our spring Student Choreography Showcase, streaming online for free April 23-25.

Virtual Dance Gala | May 8, 2021

Join the UofSC Board of Dance in celebrating the 45th year of the UofSC Dance Company as we present a virtual presentation featuring performances from throughout our history.

Excavating Movement | April 1, 2021

The UofSC Dance Company will take the Koger Center stage for Excavating Movement, a one-night only concert featuring works from legendary choreographers José Limón and Antony Tudor, plus a brand new work by guest artist Rosy Simas.

Dance Professors Awarded NEA Grant for Original Work "Migratuse Ataraxia"

Associate Professors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, co-directors of Wideman Davis Dance, have been approved for a $20,000 grant supporting their original performance installation centered on Black liberation and migration.

Spring Concert | February 10-13, 2021

Our dancers will make a long-awaited return to live performance February 10-13 for a socially distanced concert on the Drayton Hall stage.

Student Choreography Showcase | December 1-4, 2020

Six premiere dance works by UofSC dance majors will take the virtual stage December 1-4.

Fall Concert | November 10-13, 2020

Featuring original works by UofSC dance faculty, our fall concert promises to be a totally unique viewing experience, with each of the pieces conceived, choreographed and produced as individual short dance films.

Dance Professor Receives National Leadership Award

Dr. Stephanie Milling, professor in the dance program, has been honored by the National Dance Education Organization with its 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award.

Navigating a New Normal: Faculty Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the ways we learn and teach. We asked theatre and dance faculty to let us know how they and their students are navigating this new normal.

Performance Cancellations Due To COVID-19 Closures

Cancelled: 15th Annual Ballet Stars of New York

Columbia's most star-studded ballet event is back for its 15th year! This one-night-only concert features stunning performances by Principal Dancers from the New York City Ballet, who share the stage with the USC Dance Company!

USC Dance Company in "...To Be a Part of Something" | February 12-15, 2020

The USC Dance Company presents an evening-length original work fusing innovative contemporary dance and original video projections to explore aspects of human communication in the modern world.

Student Choreography Showcase | December 3-6, 2019

Thirteen original dance pieces choreographed by undergraduate dance artists will be presented in our semiannual choreography showcase.

USC Dance Company Fall Concert | November 1-2, 2019

The concert's wide-ranging repertory will feature Michel Fokine's classic one-act ballet "Les Sylphides" (restaged for this concert by Jennifer Deckert), world-premiere works by guest choreographer Addison Ector (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) and Olivia Waldrop, and an original piece by André Megerdichian.

Student Choreography Showcase | April 26-27, 2019

Eight original works by student choreographers will be presented during this semi-annual showcase.

USC Dance Company in Concert | February 12-15, 2019

Repertory for the concert features a mix of contemporary dance works, including "The Waiting Room" by Salvatore Aiello, "Here We Are" by Peter Powlus, and premieres by UofSC Associate Professor Tanya Wideman-Davis and Instructor Olivia Waldrop.

Student Choreography Showcase | December 4-7, 2018

Nine original works choreographed by undergraduate dance students will be premiered at Drayton Hall Theatre, December 4-7.

Visiting Scholar Lecture | Dr. Myron M. Beasley

Dr. Beasley will present on the topic of transdisciplinarity at McMaster College on November 1, 2018.

USC Dance Company Fall Concert | November 8-9, 2018

The USC Dance Company takes the Koger Center stage for a dynamic concert of mixed repertory. Featured will be George Balanchine's landmark ballet Serenade (staged by instructor and former NYC Ballet soloist Stacey Calvert), plus original choreography by Associate Professor Thaddeus Davis and Instructor Olivia Waldrop.

Professors Receive National Dance Project Grant

Associate Dance Professors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis have received a National Dance Project Grant for their new work, "Migratuse Ataraxia."

Student Choreography Showcase | April 27-28

Five original works by UofSC Dance students will be in the spotlight on the Drayton Hall stage April 27-28.

Dance Professors, Students Tour Original Work

Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, the prolific dance duo, and AFAM Studies' newest faculty, recently took the original work "CANE" on the road to Duke University in Durham, NC and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Accompanying them -- three university dance students John Green, Maria Maccaroni and Petra Morgan.

USC Dance To Perform at the Kennedy Center

We were one of two universities selected at the Southeastern Regionals of the American College Dance Association to perform at the National Conference, June 6-9.

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