2019 Contemporary Intensive

sunday, july 7th - friday, july 26th


The Contemporary Intensive is designed for students pursuing excellence in contemporary training. The curriculum includes contemporary, ballet technique, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, conditioning for dance, and repertory.

Live or Video Audition is required to be considered. Scholarships are available.

Guest Faculty


Kate Harpootlian

Kate Harpootlian is a professional dancer, established choreographer and contemporary teacher. She started her training at the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Dale Lam. Having traveled the world with CCJC, Kate graduated early from high school and moved to New York City. She studied under Jason Parsons, Heather Lang, Anneke Hansen, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. She currently dances for Shaping Sound Dance Company in Los Angeles directed by emmy award winning choreographer Travis Wall. Her work credits include JLO at the AMA’s, Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” Dancing with the Stars, Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II, Boardwalk Empire, Ellen, SYTYCD Season 12, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, works by Jason Parsons, works by Heather Lang, Oui Danse.

In 2016 she was the runner up at the Capezio Ace Awards for choreography and was given the opportunity to premiere her work “Better Late Than Never” at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, and which later in 2018 premiered on the east as part of Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival. Also in 2018, she had the opportunity for a choreographic residency with the students of Lindenwood University where she was able to not only choreograph but work closely with the students in classes and lectures. She also premiered another new piece entitled “Play” at the Insitu Site Specific Dance Festival. She continues to teach, choreograph, and mentor young students across the country as well.


Addison Ector

Addison Ector born and raised in Los Angeles, CA began dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy at 13 years old. After graduating high school, he was accepted into the scholarship program for 3 years at The Alvin Ailey School in New York City where he was the recipient of The Alistar Butler, Oprah Winfrey & Alvin Ailey Scholarships. He also attended the Jacob Pillow Contemporary Program in 2012, performed with Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance domestically and internationally & has performed with Company XIV.

Mr. Ector has been featured in two books, The Art of Movement by NYC Dance Project & Dancers After Dark by Jordan Matter, along with being featured in Gap's Fall 2015 Fitness Campaign. Follow him on Instagram @Legs_4_Lyfe.

Mr. Ector danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2013-2018. Mr. Ector is now in his first season with TanzCompany Innsbruck, in Austria.

Featured Residential Faculty

Terrance Henderson

Terrance Henderson has not only been a driving force in the theater and dance communities of South Carolina, but also has a presence in the national dance scene as well. A frequent guest artist and master teacher, Terrance’s work as a performer, choreographer and director has been showcased in theaters across the country. Terrance is the first and only choreographer from South Carolina to receive the International Bronze Leo Award for Outstanding Jazz Dance Choreography presented at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago in 2009. Having been the creative force behind Columbia’s Vibrations Dance Company serving as Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for over ten years there, Terrance helped create a legacy for generations of dance artists, educators and enthusiasts in this community. Especially in contemporary and modern dance forms and particularly to theater and dance artists of color. Terrance is consistently creating opportunities to collaborate with other local artists and providing platforms for original work that speaks to the broad community as well as to the times. A mainstay in our public school system having served as a Long Term Artist in Residence at Logan Elementary for almost twenty years now teaching dance and theater classes to hundreds of Midlands students each year and facilitating arts integrated experiences for students, faculty, staff and community. Terrance is also the Director of Modern Dance at Southeastern School of Ballet and runs an after-school dance and drama program at A. C. Moore Elementary. In 2013, Terrance created T.O. Henderson Dance Incorporated or TOdanceInc as a platform and agency for his creative and collaborative efforts. Currently Terrance has been using the TOdanceInc brand to pioneer some new Arts in Education efforts and provide Arts Organization Management/ Consultation through residencies, workshops, and seminars. His most recent original dance theater work, Ruins, was premiered at Harbison Theater as part of the HT @ MTC Performance Incubator. His most recent work as a choreographer and movement coach can be seen in the current Trustus production of “Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet”. Also most recently and notably, Terrance was the recipient of the 2016 Steve G. Morrison Visionary Award, which honors someone in our community who exhibits the best combination of vision and leadership, applied to arts and history and the entire cultural foundation of the City, and the value they bring to Columbia.


Heather Stokes

Heather Stokes was born and raised in Columbia, SC has been dancing and performing since the age of three. She studied dance with Calvert Brodie, Brodie Burnham, Columbia Ballet School, Broadway Bound, and Dreher High School where she was trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, theatre and character. Heather also participated in summer dance intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The University of South Carolina, and the Radio City Rockettes. Heather is a 2013 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City where she majored in Dance Theatre. Heather is a veteran of numerous community theatre productions, and appeared in her first professional performance as a member of the ensemble in the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” (understudying the role of Lady Larkin) with the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in 2013. For the past 3 years, Heather has taught at numerous local dance studios as a master teacher, and choreographer for several local productions and school districts. She recently choreographed Spring Valley High School’s Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls. She also choreographed for Town Theatre’s production of Hairpray. She has also been an instructor in the SC Summer Dance Conservatory, Broadway at USC summer program, and a jazz teacher for the USC Dance Program.

Rhythm McCarthy

Professional career includes work with North Carolina Dance Theatre, the California Ballet Company, Agnes DeMille, Valerie Bettis, Pauline Koner, Duncan Noble, Alwin Nikolais, Donlin Foreman, Anthony Morgan, and Ernestine Stodelle. Teaching and choreographic credits include residencies and guest artist positions with Florida State University, Jacksonville University, Missouri State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, Austin Peay State University, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Coker College, and Imperial College in London, England. Ms. McCarthy has directed/ choreographed over fifty shows for the musical stage including Once Upon a Mattress for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at UALR. While at Missouri State University she received College and University Outstanding Teaching Awards and in 2008 was selected as a finalist for the national student nominated Inspire Integrity Award. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, and developed a premier touring program utilizing dance performance and movement studies to enhance literacy in public schools. Ms. McCarthy’s paper on The Dance Educator’s Role in Preserving Diversity: Two University Programs was chosen for presentation at the 18th World Congress on Dance Research in Argos, Greece. The same organization invited her to present her choreographic work, Ozarks Folk Suite, for the 19th World Congress in Larnaca, Cyprus. She returned to the 20th World Congress in Athens, Greece to present a co-authored paper, From Tap to Toe, From Jig to Clog, From Salome to the Chocolate Nijinsky: How Vaudeville Taught America to Dance. Ms. McCarthy has given the opening keynote address at the International Dance in Education Congress in Bogota, Columbia, published articles in Pointe Magazine, and been awarded National Endowment of the Arts Initiative Grants. Ms. McCarthy began her professional studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and holds degrees from Jacksonville University (BFA) and Florida State University (MFA). She serves as a Vice President on the National Board of Directors for the American College Dance Association. She is currently teaching at the University of South Carolina and is Professor Emeritus at Missouri State University.


Lindsey Brinkley

Lindsey Brinkley was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she trained at the Southern Strutt from the ages of 3-18. While competing with their elite teams from ages 6-18, she was awarded many scholarships, won two National Solo Titles as well as National Titles with her team. She had the opportunity to spend her summers in Los Angeles while training under the most well known choreographers: Mark Meismer, Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Justin Giles, Dee Caspary, and many more. After high school, Lindsey went on to the University of South Carolina where she graduated with honors, earning her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and minor in Spanish. During her time at USC, Lindsey was a member of the professional company, Unbound Dance Company, as well as the Carolina Girls Dance Team. While in Unbound, she was a featured principal dancer in several of the company’s showcases. She also spent years after college as the Assistant Coach and Co-Choreographer of the University of South Carolina's Carolina Girls Dance Team, where they placed 3rd and 4th at National Dance Alliance College Nationals. Lindsey was an NFL cheerleader for the 2012 Carolina Panthers TopCats Team. She also spent years during and after college as a dance teacher, licensed Zumba instructor and choreographer of the Southern Strutt. Lindsey has been a choreographer for the Chapin High School Chapin Girls Dance Team, where she has received Top Choreography awards for her jazz routine, as well as 1st place nationally for 3 years in a row. She has also taught internationally at Costa Rica’s Jazz Dance Fest 2015. In 2015, she was a featured dancer in the movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” starring Nicolas Cage. Lindsey currently resides in Huntersville, NC where she recently welcomed her first child.

Gabor Toth

Gabor Toth, co-owner, co-artistic director and founder of Southeastern School of Ballet, began his formal dance training at the world-renowned Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest,Hungary. Toth is trained extensively in the arts of ballet, folk dance, acrobatics, stage dance, acting, historical dance,pantomime, partnering and contemporary dance.

Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to the School of Alicia Alonso in Madrid, Spain, where he received instruction in Spanish folk dance and classical ballet. Following this, Toth made his American debut as an intern with the Greensboro Ballet Company, where he perfected his knowledge of American techniques, styles and choreography.

Toth has utilized his extensive knowledge of movement with some of the most accomplished dance companies in the world, including: Music World, a national dance festival and competition in Fivizzano, Italy, performances in “Majismo” and “El Gran Baile” in Madrid, Spain, and “AIDA” in Budapest, Hungary.

In spring 2000 he came to Carolina Ballet to be in the premiere productions of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Cabaret. Lynne Taylor-Corbett is known for her work in theatre, ballet and film. She was nominated for Tony Awards for her direction and choreography of Broadways Swing! and for two American Theatre Wing Star Awards for its National Tour. She choreographed Chess and Titanic on Broadway and the feature films Footloose, My Blue Heaven and Vanilla Sky. Her ballets have been commissioned by New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet.

Toth’s experience includes professional productions of both contemporary and classical ballets. During his two-year stay as a dancer and instructor at Columbia Classical Ballet, Toth played a vital role in choreographing dance sequences for “The Nutcracker”, “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Lifechance”.

Cindy Flach

Cynthia Flach, is a nationally known choreographer of stage musicals. She is a graduate of Webster University and has worked extensively in the South and Mid-West. With over 125 stage musicals to her choreographic credit, she has worked with summer stock, universities and community theatres. She has been on the dance faculty at USC since 1988. Ms. Flach has staged Pop Concerts and full stage productions for the South Carolina Philharmonic. Cindy specializes in Jazz, Musical Theatre, West African and Tap instruction, and is the coordinator and director for the Student Choreography Showcase.

*faculty subject to change.