Dance Initiative

The Charleston Gaillard Center is thrilled to announce our commitment to a three-year dance initiative, which will bring some of the world’s best dancers and ballet companies to Charleston and the Lowcountry. Beginning in 2021 and ending in 2023, the program will include free and paid performances, educational outreach to young dancers and their teachers, opportunities for adult education through pre-show lectures, and chances to engage with the dancers, choreographers and artistic directors post-performance.

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

Generous Donors to the Three-Year Dance Initiative:

Celeste and Charles Patrick
Martha Rivers Ingram
Ronda Dean
Courtenay Fain
David and Helen Savard
Herzman-Fishman Charitable Fund
Kennedy-Herterich Foundation
Susan and Jim Sullivan
South Carolina Arts Commission
Helene and Jim Rovito
Explore Charleston
Dr. Renée Dobbins Anderson

Opportunities for Sponsorship:

Principal (Three-Year Commitment at $25,000/year)
Soloist (Three-Year Commitment at $10,000/year)
Corps de Ballet (Three-Year Commitment at $5,000-$10,000/year)
Apprentice (Three-Year Commitment at $2,500-$5,000/year)
Patron (One to Three-Year Commitment, Minimum of $1,000/year)
Lead (One-Time Gift)

Currently announced Dance Initiative Programming includes the below performances. Additional educational programs and main stage performances in 2022 and 2023 to be announced at a later date.

ABT Across America

Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 7:30pm
The Citadel’s Parade Ground, Summerall Field

RSVP here.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 7:30pm
Charleston Gaillard Center

Learn more here. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, February 15 and Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 7:30pm
Charleston Gaillard Center 

Learn more here.

Hong Kong Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland) 

Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 7:30pm
Charleston Gaillard Center 

Learn more here.