About SOA Dance


Charleston County School of the Arts was named the #1 Public School in South Carolina for 2018 by US News and World Report.

The Charleston County SOA Dance Department with an emphasis on both technical mastery and creativity that introduces dancers to a wide array of dance styles they would not get anywhere else. The goal is to provide students with the necessary skills and discipline to be successful as a dancer and a college dance student, focusing on process. The well-rounded curriculum provides the movement, the technical skills, the creativity, and knowledge demanded by college dance programs nationwide. The Dance Department Curriculum is based on the National and SC Dance Standards. SC Dance Standards are posted in the classroom and can be found on the State Department of Education website.

There are many opportunities awaiting you as an SOA dance major. Some of those include:

  • Hone your performance and stage tech skills in a state of the art theater
  • Study the spectrum of dance styles from Ballet to Modern, from Bollywood to Greek, Latin to Fosse…to name a few.
  • Take Masterclasses with guest artists – professional dancers and choreographers – from all over the country
  • Have opportunities for scholarships for education and dance studies
  • Create your own choreography – from 8th grade solos to the Choreography Showcase, and Junior Composition and Senior Thesisfor high school
  • Be a member of the only local chapter of National Honor Society for Dance Arts!
  • Take Advanced Placement courses at SOA with fantastic teachers
  • Take classes next door at Academic Magnet and still be part of an artistically talented, creative and fun group of students at SOA
  • Travel to Regional/National Dance Festivals and other great trips, and participate in master classes
  • Audition for summer programs and see dance stars perform


6th Grade
· Dance Technique: ballet, modern dance, folk dance, creative movement
· Theory: Ballet dance history, creative dance, improvisation

7th Grade
· Dance Technique: ballet, modern dance, cultural dance forms, improvisation
· Theory: Introduction to choreography, Elements of dance, dance history

8th Grade
·  Dance Technique: ballet, modern dance, improvisation
·  Theory: Choreography, Creative Process, Dance History, Anatomy

9th Grade
Ballet 3:
• Dance Technique: Ballet, Modern, Point Work
Repertory 3:
• Theory: Modern dance history, Ballet History, World Dance Forms, Improvisation, Arts Advocacy

10th Grade
Ballet 4:
• Dance Technique: Ballet, Modern, Pointe Work
Repertory 4:
• Theory: Anatomy/Nutrition, Elements of Dance/ Laban Efforts, College Preparation, Choreographic Process

 11th Grade
Ballet 5:
• Dance Technique: Ballet, Modern, Commercial Dance Forms (tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater)
Repertory 5/Junior Composition:
•Theory: Choreography/Creative Process, Improvisation, Post Modern/Present dance history, Dance for Camera, Somatics
•Book: The Creative Habit: Learn In and Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp

12th Grade
Ballet 6:
• Dance Technique: Modern, Ballet, Commercial Dance Forms (tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater)
Repertory 6/ Senior Thesis:
• Theory: Production, Dance Research


6-8th Grade Females:

Ballet: Black short sleeve leotard, Pink tights, Black stretch dance shorts,Pink ballet slippers

Modern: Black short sleeve leotard, Black convertible tights, Black stretch dance shorts, Bare feet

6-8th Grade Males:

Plain white t-shirt, Black jazz/athletic pants, Black ballet slippers / bare feet for modern

9-11th Grade Females: black tank leotard, black tights, black dance pants, black capri pants, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pink pointe shoes, black jazz shoe, foot thongs

12th Grade Females: same as above, but may include colored leotard, long black bike shorts

9-11th Males: white fitted t-shirt, black or grey tank, black fitted jazz pants, and black ballet slippers, black jazz shoes, dance belt

12th Grade Males: same as above, but may include black athletic shorts

All of the main page photos on this site are used courtesy of Susan Lloyd Photography.