2011-09-23 / Arts & Entertainment

USC Dance Program announces first annual statewide dance festival

Contributed by USC Dance Program

The University of South Carolina Dance Program will host the first annual South Carolina Festival of Dance October 7-9. The festival brings professional and pre-professional dance companies and dance students of all ages to Columbia for a threeday celebration of South Carolina dance artistry.

The festival will kick off Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance at the Koger Center for the Arts. SC Dances: An Evening of Premiere Dance Companies will feature professional dance groups from around the state including Columbia Classical Ballet, Carolina Ballet Theatre, Columbia City Ballet, Unbound, DanceFX, The Power Company, and Vibrations Dance Company.

On Saturday, October 8 at 7: 30 p. m., SC Dance Festival Showcase, a performance featuring adjudicated works from pre-pro- fessional companies from South Carolina, will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Ticket prices for both performances are $10 for students, $14 for faculty/ military/seniors, and $16 general admission. To order tickets, call the box office at 777-5112 or charge by phone at 251- 2222. Tickets for both performance events will be sold separately.

In addition to performances, the festival will offer master classes Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 at the university’s brand new state of the art dance studios. Dancers will be able to take classes in a diversity of dance disciplines including ballet technique, contemporary technique, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and more. Master classes are available for students 11 years and older and will be offered in three skill levels ( beginner/ intermediate, intermediate/ advancedintermediate and advanced/ profes s ional ) . Classes will be taught by renowned artistic directors and dance faculty from throughout South Carolina.

Class cost and registration information is available at www.cas. sc. edu/ dance.

USC Dance Program Artistic Director Susan Anderson is the force behind the creation of the festival. “I wanted to create an event that brings dancers from all over the state to Columbia to our wonderful new dance facility,” she says. “I want to share it with everyone. And once they’re here, I know audiences will be astounded by the wealth of artistry and talent we have right here in South Carolina.”

The SC Festival of Dance is made possible in part by a Creative Grant from the University of SC Provost’s Office.

For more information on the SC Festival of Dance, contact Kindra Becker at beckerl@email. sc.edu, or call the university dance program main office at 777-5636.

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