We're Back In-Person!

 

CHARLESTON STAGE’S SUMMER OF DANCE is an eight (8) week dance experience, offering up to ten (10) classes a week in different styles. Classes are on Mondays and Tuesdays, June 7 - July 27, 2021. Summer of Dance is about developing skills, increasing your dance vocabulary, sweating, and having fun. Combinations are not repeated so if you miss a class, you will not fall behind.

This program is not about competing. It’s about creating community and encouraging each other to push beyond our boundaries and develop a stronger level of physical control and expression. The program is designed for the individual (with all levels of ability) who is looking for a place to brush up their skills and advance their abilities to help nail their dance audition, burn some calories, and have fun. Plus, classes are very convenient and flexible, with no contract commitment required. Feel free to drop-in and take a class at your leisure.

 

***Health and safety is our first priority. Current CDC, City and State COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced, including, but not limited to:

(Updated May 27, 2021)

Adult Classes:

  • Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals.
  • Masks are requested for those who have not been vaccinated.
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • Class sizes have been limited to allow for social distancing in class and throughout the West Ashley Theatre Center. Priority entrance will be given to pass holders (number of passes sold will not exceed this limit).
  • The lobby will not be available as a waiting area except for immediately before each class (participants only).
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classroom and lobby.
  • Facility will be cleaned weekly.

 Junior Classes:

  • Masks are required at all times while in the building.
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • Class sizes have been limited to allow for social distancing in class and throughout the West Ashley Theatre Center. Priority entrance will be given to pass holders (number of passes sold will not exceed this limit).
  • The lobby will not be available as a waiting area for parents whose children are attending class.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classroom and lobby.
  • Facility will be cleaned weekly.

 

 

Questions? Contact Sam Henderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (843) 225-3900.

 

all classes take place at our west ashley theatre center:

 
West Ashley Theatre Center

Ashley Landing
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11
Charleston, SC 29407

Education Office: 843.225.3900 

***CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS***    

 

CaraDolanCARA DOLAN
(Resident Choreographer and Summer of Dance Instructor FOR ADULTS) 


Cara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Florida State University and has danced and performed at a number of leading theatres, including The Flat Rock Playhouse, Central Piedmont Summer Theater, The Papermill Theater in NH, as well as Charleston Stage. She has taught dance and theatre for more than 9 years and has choreographed numerous professional productions including Charleston Stage’s Chicago, The Wiz, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Anything Goes, 9 to 5: The Musical, Annie, Next To Normal, Gershwin at Folly, Pinkalicious the Musical, Young Frankenstein, Catch Me If You Can: The Musical, The Producers, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Footloose, and Elf The Musical.

 

 

Madison DaningMadison Daning
(Summer of Dance Instructor FOR JUNIORS) 


Madison, a sophomore in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Coastal Carolina University, is a Charleston Stage alum and Dance Captain. Madison was last seen at Charleston Stage as Wendy Jo in Footloose and in the Ensemble of Elf The Musical. Some of Madison’s other recent credits include Laurey Williams in Getting to Know…Oklahoma! (SummerStage at Charleston Stage), Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Charleston Stage), Beth March in Little Women (Stratford High School), and Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (Stratford High School). A few of her other endeavors include choreographing for shows such as Frozen Jr. and The Lion King Jr. (South of Broadway Theatre Co.) as well as being a character performer for Once Upon a Party.

 

 

DATES:

June:
Mondays and Tuesdays
June 7 - June 29, 2021
 
(Junior classes in July ONLY)

July:
MonDays* and Tuesdays
July 6 - July 27, 2021
 
(No class Monday, July 5th. Monday classes for that week will be held on Wednesday, July 7th due to the holiday.)

 

AGE GROUPS:

 "Junior" = rising 2nd-8th graders

 "adult" = rising 9th graders and up

 
(6th-8th graders with intermediate/advanced skills may participate in “Adult” classes with instructor approval)

 

 
PRICING:

Junior (July only):
(16 classes possible)


$10 Drop-in
(Purchase at door) 


$96 July Unlimited
(40% savings)
Register Here for July

 
Adult:
(48 classes possible)
 

$10 Drop-in
(Purchase at door)
 

$120 Monthly Unlimited
(50% savings)
June Passes Are SOLD OUT
Register Here for July
$190 Full Summer Unlimited
(60% savings) SOLD OUT



For financial assistance opportunities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Summer of Dance Schedule 2021

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

 
Junior Basics of Dance:

Stretching, conditioning, posture and breath work will all be included along with basic dance vocabulary and techniques in this fun, fast-paced class for students with little or no dance experience. Appropriate shoes are recommended: street sneakers, jazz shoes or jazz sneakers are all fine. Let’s get moving!

Junior Musical Theatre Dance:

This class focuses on basic terminology, character, technique development and combination retention. A new combination each week! All levels are encouraged to attend. Appropriate dance shoes are recommended: jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or character shoes.

Junior Tap:

Junior Tap will focus on the fundamental building blocks of tap including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift, clarity of sound, and combination retention. Learn a new combo each week! All levels welcome. Tap shoes recommended.

Junior Jazz/Hip-Hop:

This class blends jazz and modern street styles and focuses on technique and expression through these styles. All levels are encouraged to attend, and a new combination will be taught each week. Appropriate dance shoes are recommended: street sneakers, jazz sneakers or jazz shoes.

Adult Stretching and Conditioning Plus:

A fun, achievable workout class that focuses on preparing the body for dance. Stretching, strength training and dance-based cardio will be included each week to help build the skills, techniques and stamina needed in dance. Appropriate shoes are recommended: street sneakers, jazz shoes, jazz sneakers are all fine. Yoga mats or towels recommended for floor work.

Adult Beginning Musical Theatre Dance:

This class focuses on basic terminology, character, technique development and combination retention. Good for beginners or dancers who are looking to brush up their skills and technique. Learn a new combination each week! Appropriate dance shoes are recommended: jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or character shoes.

Adult Intermediate/Advanced Musical Theatre Dance:

Exploring the various styles of dance that musical theatre encompasses, we teach and reinforce technique and terminology through a new combination each week. This class will move substantially faster than Beginning Musical Theatre Dance and is geared towards those with some previous dance experience. Please wear dance shoes: jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or character shoes.

Adult Jazz/Hip-Hop:

This class blends jazz and modern street styles and focuses on technique and expression through these styles. All levels are encouraged to attend, and a new combination will be taught each week. Appropriate dance shoes are recommended: street sneakers, jazz sneakers or jazz shoes are recommended.

Adult Beginning Tap:

We will focus on the fundamental building blocks of tap including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift, and clarity of sound. We welcome the “never tapped before” dancer or the “I took a class one time in college” performer. (It’s always good to review the basics!) All levels welcome. Tap shoes recommended.

Adult Intermediate/Advanced Tap:

This class moves faster than Beginning Tap. It still reinforces the same building blocks but introduces more combination work and more advanced skills. Advanced students will be challenged while the more intermediate level tappers will have a chance to learn some new skills and push themselves further. Tap shoes recommended.

 

 

 View a dance combination from our Adult Intermediate/Advanced Tap class!