University of South Carolina

USC Dance stages a Festival of Dance

Contact: Frenche Brewer,, 803-777-3691

When Susan Anderson created the South Carolina Festival of Dance a year ago, it was her dream to link the talents of dancers across the state with the university’s dance program and shine a light on the skilled and professional work of the University of South Carolina Dance program.

As USC Dance gets set to present the S.C. Festival of Dance: 2012 Jubilee, it appears that Anderson’s dream has come true.

“This really is a kind of coming out for our program. We’re bridging the gap between collegiate and professional-level dance,” Anderson said.

The gala curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5.  Tickets for the event are $12 for students, $16 for USC faculty/staff, military and seniors 60 and older and $18 for the general public.  Tickets can be purchased at the Koger Center box office, (803) 777-5112, or charged by phone, (803) 251-2222.

The festival brings seven South Carolina dance companies to the stage, representing the best of dance artistry. The dance troupes include:

--Carolina Ballet Theatre, performing “Map” by leading international choreographer Alonzo King; 

-- Charleston Ballet Theatre, performing the new work “Abracadabra” by award-winning resident choreographer Jill Bahr;

-- Columbia Classical Ballet, performing “Etude,” staged by Radenko Pavlovich;

-- Columbia City Ballet, performing a portion of the ballet “Dracula,” choreographed by William Starrett;

-- Unbound Dance, Columbia, performing “What I Cannot Control,” choreographed by Caroline Lewis-Jones, Unbound Dance co-founder and co-artistic director;

-- Wideman/Davis Dance, USC Dance’s resident professional company, premiering “You, me and them”;    

-- USC Dance Company, premiering an original work by Gianni Di Marco of the Boston Ballet.

Victoria and Joe Hollins have been named honorary chairs for the event.

The USC dance program has distinguished itself as one of the top dance programs in the Southeast, offering students specialized instruction and professional-level performance opportunities in classical and contemporary dance. 

For more information on the South Carolina Festival of Dance or the USC Dance office contact Kevin Bush, (803) 777-9353 or

Posted: 10/01/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/05/12 @ 8:54 AM | Permalink