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Summer of Dance - Online!




CHARLESTON STAGE’S SUMMER OF DANCE is now an eight (8) week online dance intensive, offering up to four (4) classes a week in different styles. Classes are taught online via Zoom on Mondays and Tuesdays, June 1 - June 23, and July 6 - July 28, 2020. 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 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.


Though we’re all experiencing online learning fatigue, we felt it was important to still offer Summer of Dance to our Charleston Stage community as a way to stay connected and stay moving until we feel it is safe to once again have in-person classes. And don’t you worry, Charleston Stage has got this whole Zoom teaching thing down to a science thanks to the hard work of our Education staff during April and May.


What’s Different for 2020 Due to COVID-19?

  • All classes are taught online via Zoom (dance in the privacy of your own home!)
  • Shorter classes and fewer class options
  • Shorter combinations due to new format
  • No separate Junior classes
  • No “drop-in” option this year (that’ll be back next year, don’t worry!)
  • Much lower prices to help everyone who wants to dance have access!
  • All classes are “All-Level” (rising 6th graders through adult); Choreographer Cara Dolan will teach with two assistants…Cara will demo the beginner level, one assistant will demo the intermediate level, and one will demo the advanced level. You choose the level that you’re most comfortable with!

What’s the Same for 2020?

  • no pressure fun for all levels of ability
  • approachable/achievable
  • convenient
  • classes are non-cumulative and not repeated, missing a class won’t put you behind
  • fun exercise
  • amazing value
  • still taught by the fabulous Cara Dolan

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


CaraDolanCARA DOLAN (Resident Choreographer and Summer of Dance Instructor) 

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.







June: Mondays and Tuesdays, June 1 - June 23, 2020

July: Mondays and Tuesdays, July 6 - July 28, 2020



Online classes open to all from rising 6th graders to adult.



- Required: computer, laptop or tablet with an internet connection capable of running Zoom; a valid email address (class links will be sent to the address you use to register for your pass)
- Optional: external speakers that connect to your device; dance shoes; yoga mat or towel



$60 Monthly All You Can Dance Pass
(16 Possible Classes)
             $110 Full Summer All You Can Dance Pass
(32 Possible Classes)
Register for June Monthly Pass   Register for Full Summer Monthly Pass
Register for July Monthly Pass    

Registration Is Open All Throughout June and July!
You can continue to register for classes all throughout June and July. Join in any time!


CLASS SCHEDULE (Online Via Zoom):


6:00pm - 6:45pm: All-Level Stretching and Conditioning Plus
7:00pm - 7:45pm: All-Level Musical Theatre


6:00pm - 6:45pm: All-Level Jazz
7:00pm - 7:45pm: All-Level Tap




Stretching and Conditioning Plus:
(See Video Below)

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.


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. Please wear dance shoes: jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or character shoes.



This class focuses mainly on jazz but might include a little taste of hip-hop and other modern street styles from time to time. 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.



We will focus on the fundamental building blocks of tap including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift, and clarity of sound. All levels welcome. Tap shoes and non-carpeted floor area recommended.



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