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

2024-2025 Dance Initiative Programs

Carmina Burana by Richmond Ballet
October 18 | 7:30pm

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
February 25 & 26 | 7:30pm

OPUS by Circa
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Debussy Quartet and the Circa Ensemble

March 25, 2025 | 7:30pm

The Center Will Not Hold
A Dorrance Dance Production

April 15, 2025 | 7:30pm

CARMEN.maquia by Ballet Hispánico

May 2, 2025 | 7:30pm

2023-2024 Dance Initiative Programs

Firebird presented by Nashville Ballet featuring the Charleston Symphony

Step Afrika! Drumfolk

Dorrance Dance The Nutcracker Suite

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (50th Anniversary)

The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]

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