2021 – 2022 Classes and Workshops

COVID-19 Protocols

The Charleston Gaillard Center continues to place patron safety as our first priority. After consultation with tours, artists, and healthcare officials, the Gaillard Center has implemented additional safety protocols at all shows in the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall.

Patrons will need to provide proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.

Please click here for safety protocols for public performances.

Our 2021-2022 Classes and Workshops!

The Charleston Gaillard Center serves students and the others throughout the Lowcountry by offering free curriculum-based workshops, classes, pre-show lectures, and more. All of these programs are designed to bring the arts to the classroom, the community, to you.

Please contact Stephanie Lancaster at slancaster@gaillardcenter.org with any questions.


Workshops are virtual.

In addition to poetry, Marcus is an award-winning graphic designer and musician. He’s published nine poetry books and has been recognized by NPR, the Kennedy Center, The Washington National Opera, PBS Newshour, and more. Learn more about Marcus here.

Poetry Workshop Opportunities

Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will teach students a poetry lesson that shines a light on each student’s personal story. During the lesson, students will learn the impact of the written word, and realize that their voice matters. During the experience, they will write two poems using guided prompts. At the end of the lesson, students will have the opportunity to share their work.

Ekphrastic poems are a common tool used by poets to make their poems come alive. Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will use various images – famous paintings, album artwork, video game images, and more – to guide students in writing poems that are vivid descriptions of a scene.

Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will teach students all about one of the most-used figurative language tools: alliteration. During the lesson, Amaker will show examples of alliteration in well-known poems and lead the students in writing their own fun and impactful pieces.

Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will use figurative language tools (alliteration, rhyme and repetition) to guide students in writing poems inspired by music. Students will hear examples of spoken word and be given the tools they need to write their own!

Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker will guide students on a deep understanding of metaphors and how to use them in their writing.


The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program presents Dance.Laugh.Learn in-school workshops (held outside on school grounds to accommodate COVID-19 protocols). Our teaching artist will come to your school/class for a four-part dance initiative spread out throughout your school year.

Music is an essential element to a DLL HipKidz class, each class will use popular, appropriate music that the students relate to. It provides an interactive approach to learning about weight and flow, interpretive movement, and musicality through hip-hop movement all for the early childhood classroom.

CD and K will use a narrative groove story to teach movement and encourage imagination and creativity.

1st and 2nd will use more traditional modes of teaching movement and choreography. More specific hip-hop movements will be taught (top rock, 6-step, isolations, etc…)

All workshops encourage students to work collaboratively with their peers, learn dance vocabulary, connect choreography, and use their individual creativity and problem-solving skills. Each class meets four times throughout the school year culminating in a recorded performance available for parents to view. We will also provide pre-recorded Dance.Laugh.Learn video workshops to bridge the learning. The program correlates with SC Anchor Standards in dance and physical education.

  1. I can use movement exploration to discover and create artistic ideas and works
  2. I can choreograph a dance
  3. I can perform movements using the dance elements
  4. I can perform movement skills and techniques
  5. I can describe, analyze, and evaluate a dance
    (Number 6 will not be covered)
  6. I can relate dance to other arts disciplines, content areas, and careers
  7. I can identify and apply healthful practices related to dance
  1. Dance Making:
    Developing skills and techniques, improvise and choreograph
  2. Developing Dance Literacy:
    Understanding dance as a means of expression and communication,
    Apply dance vocabulary terminology and symbols,
    Analyze, critique, and communicate about dance
  3. Making Connections
    Connect dance to other arts and disciplines
    Connect dance to health and well-being


Designed for 6th-12th grade girls, (or those who identify as) and their parent or legal guardian. Full scholarships are available upon request.

The workshop will cover:

• A shared understanding of self-compassion and the ability to speak kindly to yourself and others. 
• Helpful communication tools that can be applied to your household when times get overwhelming. 
• A stronger sense of emotional strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. 
• Develop a more positive self-image, while understanding the negative effects of comparing ourselves to others.

About Just Be You:

Just Be You is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build teens’ self-confidence through self-compassion and self-love. Through workshops, school assemblies, and motivational speakers, Just Be You focuses on the daily challenges of life as a modern teen.

Workshops are led by Founder of Just Be You, Beth Rucker, and clinical psychologist, Executive Director of Just Be You, and certified Life Coach Austin Nelson.


November 14, 2021

Community Moves will bring the joy of dance to children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular challenges. This program, based on the best practices in adaptive dance from The New York City Ballet, is open to all participants and their siblings at NO COST!

Dance Conservatory of Charleston in partnership with community supporters announces the return of Community Moves, a program created to provide more access to dance for people of all abilities. This program explores movement in an inclusive setting can increase confidence, improve physical strength, and forge important social bonds. Read More…

· A customized Movement Workshop, Sunday, November 14th, from 11am to 12:30pm at Dance Conservatory of Charleston (1632 Ashley Hall Road, Charleston). This workshop includes movements based on the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and is supported by medically-trained volunteers. 

· A Special Educational Performance of Scenes from the Nutcracker at the Gaillard, Monday, November 29th for participants and their families, followed by a holiday-themed reception where students will meet student performers in costume.


March 28 – April 1, 2022

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program will offer American Ballet Theatre’s Make a Ballet Program for two Lowcountry schools.

The criteria for this program is as follows. Read More…

4th-12th grade students, one week to dedicate two hours a day per class (up to four classes), and in the tri-county area. In order to offer this program to all tri-county schools, we are accepted entries from interested schools and we drew two school names to participate. 

ABT dancers, designers, and choreographers will come to Charleston from NYC the week of March 28-April 1for the week-long residency. The Make a Ballet Program takes ELA content and integrates it into dance. Students participating in ABT’s dance and design residency will work approximately four hours in dance and 1.5 hours on design. ABT relies on five specific tools to guide students through the process: exposure, foundation, creative practice, revision and performance. During the process, students use their knowledge of the ballet story to develop characters, radiate intention, build on foundations of dance, develop plot, and learn revision skills. The week will culminate in an original ballet performance for peers and parents on April 1 at school.



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