Governor’s School expands opportunities for young S.C. dancers

SCGSAH dancers dancing on stage. SCGSAH dancers in the 2017 Winter Performance. For ballet students in South Carolina seeking opportunities to take their dance skills to the next level, the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ Dance Department offers several unique programs for serious young dancers. These include a statewide ballet competition; an open scholarship and recruitment audition for national university, trainee and summer programs; a free dance training program in the Lowcountry; and a five-week summer dance intensive, in addition to the renowned, tuition-free residential high school dance program. Students can now apply for all of these programs online at “As a department, we strive to foster connections within the dance community and enhance training opportunities that nurture young dancers while celebrating and highlighting the talent within our state,” explained Josée Garant, SCGSAH Dance Department chair.

Student ballet dancers pose on the barre. SCGSAH student dancers in their studio. South Carolina’s premier student ballet competition Ballet students, ages 10-19, are invited to participate in South Carolina’s premier student ballet competition, Grand Jeté, on Saturday, March 21. Students can compete by division for cash prizes totaling $5,400 and participate in master classes led by Governor’s School faculty. All competitors will receive feedback from out-of-state, internationally-recognized dance professionals Jeffrey Bullock, Helen Pickett, and Melissa Toogood. The registration deadline to compete in Grand Jeté is February 22, 2020. “We’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded Grand Jeté to include more participants, a new award, a scholarship audition for acceptance into trainee and university programs, and a teacher workshop,” said Garant. “Even students who are not competing in Grand Jeté are welcome to attend the master classes and watch the competition on Saturday, as well as participate in the scholarship audition class on Sunday.” Scholarship audition and teacher workshop On Sunday, March 22, high school juniors and seniors can participate in scholarship audition classes in ballet and modern technique. Guest artist Danah Bella, dance chair at Peabody Conservatory, will lead the modern technique class, and the ballet class will be led by Governor’s School faculty Thomas Shoemaker. The current list of attending recruiters includes Adelphi University, Columbia City Ballet, The Hartt School at Hartford University, Hollins University, New World School of the Arts, Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University, Texas Christian University, University of Charleston, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and the University of Utah, and the school expects more to participate. The classes are free, and the registration deadline to participate is January 20. Also, on March 22, the Governor’s School is hosting a teacher workshop open to all dance teachers in South Carolina. The director of dance at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, Stephen Pier, will lead the workshop which will focus on the art and science of teaching classical ballet, its application to developing all forms of theatrical human movement potential, and the breaking down of various technical and performance challenges into manageable subsets. The registration deadline for the teacher workshop is January 20. Free dance training program in Summerville The Lowcountry Youth Dance Academy, a Governor's School outreach program, offers free pre-professional ballet training to 5th-9th graders in the Lowcountry. Taught by Governor's School faculty, classes will meet four times a week during the 2020-2021 school year and are held at the Impact Creative Arts Academy in Summerville. Interested students can learn more and apply online at The application deadline is January 17. Applicants will audition on Feb. 8, 2020, at the College of Charleston. Five-week summer dance intensive Students in grades 6-11 can apply for the Governor’s School’s Summer Dance Program, a five-week intensive that provides pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. “This is a great opportunity for students who are considering a career in dance and those who are thinking about attending our residential high school program,” said Garant. Tuition-free residential high school program The Governor’s School’s Residential High School Dance Program prepares students for the competitive world of dance through pre-professional training guided by world-renowned faculty and special guest artists from around the country. Graduates from the program have attended the nation’s most prestigious university dance programs, such as The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory and Fordham University’s Ailey School; and trainee programs such as NY Joffrey Ballet School and Oklahoma Ballets; and have joined companies such as Ballet Met, Charlotte Ballet, and Washington Ballet. “The Dance Department invites students in the ninth or tenth grade who have the talent, ambition, and resilience to become future successful professional dancers to apply for our Residential High School program,” said Garant. The application deadline for both the Summer Dance Program and the Residential High School program is January 8, 2020. Interested individuals can apply online at
About SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the public, residential high school, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools.

Unified auditions coming for Upstate actors

Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Be seen by casting directors for Upstate theatres

Brought to you by the South Carolina Theatre Association
  • Actors should prepare a 60 second monologue
    • Must be from a published play
    • Must be memorized
    • No costumes, please
  • Musical theatre actors should prepare 90 seconds of monologue and song
    • Must be from a published play or musical
    • Must be memorized
    • Must provide your own sheet music (we will provide the accompanist)
    • You can use the 90 seconds however you wish (all song, or song and monologue)
  • Technicians should prepare a presentation of their work.
    • Must bring your portfolio
    • May bring any examples.
    • You and your portfolio will be posted in a room for the casting directors to come visit and chat with you during their lunch break.
  • All auditionees including technicians will be included in the e-book that will be provided to participating theatres.  Upon registration you will receive and email requesting you to submit your resume and headshot.  If technicians have an on-line portfolio they can submit that link as well.  No paper copies will be accepted.
  • Please note: the Upstate Unified Auditions are opens to theatre artists age 8 and up. (18 and older on 2/16; ages 8-17 on 2/17)
  • If you have questions or issues registering, please contact Anita Sleeman:
Go here to register now!

Submitted material

Male solo vocalists with acting ability sought for Piccolo Spoleto production

Submission deadline is May 19 – this week! Charleston's Gracie and Lacy have an opportunity for a baritone and a tenor to be a part of the famed Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston as the East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra and Choir, and top local entertainers, celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Norman Rockwell's The Four Freedoms. Artists and businesses are donating their time to make this concert free to the community. But they need a little "help from the audience" to round out the cast. Current needs are for one of each:

  • Baritone (looks 40s-50s)
  • Tenor (looks 20s-30s)
Submit video sample of vocals and resume by May 19th! Artists must be available the following dates in Mt. Pleasant:
  • Wed, May 29th: Rehearsal
  • Wed, June 6th: Run through (Cast & Orchestra)
  • Fri, June 8th: Dress Rehearsal (Cast & Orchestra)
  • Sat. June 9th (4 p.m. show, 2 p.m. call)
Submit requested materials to Lacy Miller:, or call 843.259.8872 with questions.

Auditions announced for Columbia Children’s Theatre

Columbia Children's Theatre production of Goodnight, Moon. Columbia Children's Theatre (CCT), the Midlands' only professional theatre for families and young audiences, will hold auditions for its 2018/2019 season on Sunday, May 13 and Monday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m. each evening. Auditions will be held in CCT's new performance space at 3400 Forest Drive in Richland Mall, downstairs next to Barnes & Noble. CCT's 2018/2019 Mainstage Season includes: School House Rock Live!, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, Peter Pan and Wendy, Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs and a brand new commedia, Pinocchio. We will also be casting a new touring production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and seeking replacements for our continuing touring production of Stone Soup: The Musical. All roles are paid on a per-performance basis.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be drop-in style so you may come at any time during the two hour time slot. Please bring current head shot and resume. You must be 15 years old by Sept. 21 to audition. Please prepare 16-24 bars of a Broadway-type song. You may sing this a cappella or bring backing tracks on a phone cued to the correct beginning spot. We may ask you to vocalize with piano. We will do cold readings from next season's scripts. A monologue is not required but if you'd like to do one that is performance-ready please feel free. For questions, please contact CCT Artistic Director, Jerry Stevenson at Columbia Children's Theatre is a professional resident not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing quality live theatre experiences for families and young audiences, and is supported in part by the City of Forest Acres and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.