South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory


Audition rescheduled

Due to inclement weather our Brookline Ballet School audition, originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20th, will be moved to Sunday, Jan. 27th from 1PM-3PM. If you cannot make that time, please feel free to send us a video audition.


About Us

Now in our 33rd year, we continue to offer personal attention, state-of-the-art facilities, a professional atmosphere, and exciting performance opportunities.  South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory prides itself on offering three professional intensives: one 3-week intensive for the serious ballet student, one 3-week intensive for the serious contemporary student, and a one-week intensive for the serious jazz student. Dancers who attend our Ballet or Contemporary Intensive have the extraordinary opportunity to study a variety of dance styles with world-renowned instructors and showcase their work in a fully-produced dance concert of classical and contemporary repertory. Dancers who attend our Jazz Intensive will have the extraordinary opportunity to study a variety of dance styles with world-renowned instructors and showcase their work in an in-studio showcase performance.

South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory also holds a variety of summer dance camps which introduce young children to the joy and love of dance! For more information, click here.

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The South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory attracts dancers from around the world to study and perform with some of the greatest teachers of our time. Columbia’s reputation for Southern hospitality, along with the unequaled caliber of instruction, makes the SC Summer Dance Conservatory a wonderful place for learning, growth and camaraderie.


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Susan Anderson, founder & artistic director

MFA, University of California at Irvine.  2011 SC Professor of the Year.  2009 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor.  2009 Governor's Professor of the Year.

Professor Anderson is the founding director of the USC Dance Company, USC Dance Conservatory, and South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, which hosts international students and world-renowned faculty and choreographers.

Under her directorship, the dance program implemented a BA major in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2004, with concentrations in Ballet or Contemporary Dance.  Soon after, the program added an emphasis in Dance Education, a K-12 Teacher Certification program, in partnership with the College of Education.  Since this time, the dance program has become nationally recognized, earning distinction from Dance Magazine as one of the top three collegiate programs to consider for classical ballet study.  The program now has more than 65 course offerings and approximately 3,000 students enroll each year taking dance courses.

Some of Susan Anderson’s professional artistic works include the creation of over 200 ballets such as ScheherazadeOndineTaming of the ShrewPlant Dance with artist Blue Sky, The FirebirdPhantom of the NightCrown JewelsSylviaCarnival of the AnimalsPleasures of Paris, and The Young Man and Death. She has choreographed and taught master classes for Gus Giordano Dance Company in Chicago, the University of California, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, Several Dancers Core in Atlanta, Murray State, Knoxville Dance Theatre, Loyola University, Inco Ballet in Colombia, South America and Stadtische Opera in Gera, Germany.

In 2009, she was named the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year and Governor’s Professor of the Year.

In 2011, she was named SC Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.


BA, University of South Carolina. MA Candidate, Savannah College of Art and Design.

Ciera was born in Asheville, North Carolina and began dancing at the age of three at Asheville Dance Theater. She joined their competitve company at the age of 9. She also trained in classical ballet under the direction of Dathan Brannon, formerly of American Ballet Theatre. At age 15 Ciera was recruited for the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville to learn the Vaganova method under the direction of Wayne Burritt, formerly of Naples Ballet Theatre and Demetrius Klien Dance Company.

Ciera is an alumna of the University of South Carolina Dance Program. She earned a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and in Media Arts. She performed in numerous Balanchine pieces such as Who Cares? and Walpurgisnacht, classical works such as Sylvia, and in original pieces by choreographers such as Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Kerri Lambert, and more.

Today Ciera incorporates knowledge from multiple disciplines while pursuing a Master’s in Business Design and Arts Leadership from the Savannah College of Art & Design. She dances professionally with a local dance company, the Power Company Collaborative, and this is her third year working for the SC Summer Dance Conservatory as an administrator.


At its own discretion, SC Summer Dance Conservatory reserves the right to cancel or modify classes and programs and make changes to instructors and staff at any time, with or without notice.