Dance Initiative

Beginning with a magical ABT Across America performance at The Citadel in July 2020, and followed by the stunning performances of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Pepperland, and the Gaillard’s first dance commission Sounds of Hazel by Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative brings some of the world’s best dance companies to the Lowcountry. The program includes free and paid performances, educational outreach to young dancers and their teachers, opportunities for adult education, and more.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.


Celeste and Charles Patrick
The Constant Trust
Mrs. Martha R Ingram, Martha Rivers Ingram
Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Ronda Dean
Courtenay Fain
David and Helen Savard
Tricia and Ted Legasey
Herzman-Fishman Charitable Fund
Kennedy-Herterich Foundation
Susan and *Jim Sullivan
Blevins Family Properties, LLC
South Carolina Arts Commission

Peter Glenville Foundation
Explore Charleston
Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Trust
Dr. Renée Dobbins Anderson
Helene and Jim Rovito
Fran Griffiths
Elizabeth Mack and Weston Rice
Dr. Daniel J. Smith and Dr. James F. Mellichamp
Louis and Susan Kaufman
Lynn Hanlin
Ballet Academy of Charleston
Marsha & Neil Gewirtzman
The Chalmers Fund – Lee Bell and Fotios Pantazis

* Denotes donors who are deceased.

To learn more and support the Dance Initiative, please contact the Charleston Gaillard Center at (843) 718-1578 or

2023-2024 Dance Initiative Programs

Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 10 at 11AM. Members receive presale access. Learn more about becoming a member here.

Firebird presented by Nashville Ballet featuring the Charleston Symphony

Thursday, October 19 & Friday, October 20, 2023 | 7:30pm

Photo by Heather Thorne, courtesy of Nashville Ballet.

Step Afrika! Drumfolk

Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 7:30pm

Dorrance Dance The Nutcracker Suite

Sunday, December 17, 2023 | 6:00pm

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (50th Anniversary)

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 | 7:30pm

The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]

Friday, February 2 & Saturday, February 3, 2024 | 7:30pm

2022-2023 Dance Initiative Programs

Dance Theatre of Harlem Presented by the Charleston Gaillard Center and the International African American Museum

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Star Dust: From Bach to Bowie

Circa: Humans 2.0

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Giselle

2021-2022 Dance Initiative Programs

ABT Across America

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mark Morris Dance Group Pepperland