Choreography Creation Camp

In partnership with Dance Conservatory of Charleston

Choreography Creation Camp
July 8 – 12, 2024
9am – Noon
Ages: 7–12
Camp Registration: $175


This half-day camp is for students who want to explore a variety of dance styles while learning how to incorporate their own creativity. Students will build technique in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop and use those diverse skills in composition lessons. This is a camp for students who love all styles of dance and want to develop their dance experience by exploring choreography. Our theme this summer is resiliency. Students will learn about choreographers that have made an impact to the dance world and will learn various pieces of choreography inspired by these techniques and iconic works of these trailblazers. This camp will take place in Ballroom I of the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Scholarships are available for all camps. Please email sdevries@gaillardcenter.org

TEACHING ARTISTS

Ms. Lily Watkins
Ms. Watkins is a graduate of Beloit College with a BA in Creative Writing and was the 2012 recipient of the Chavey Family Endowed Award in Dance for outstanding contributions to the dance program. In addition to her dance training at The School of American Ballet and Beloit College, Ms. Watkins has attended summer programs with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet and BalletMet Columbus. She has been teaching and choreographing in Charleston since 2014.

Ms. Anna Vincent

Born and raised in Dallas Texas, Anna Vincent started her training of Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and musical Theatre at age 6 at Talent ‘n More Dance Centre. She continued to train at Talent ‘n More while also being a member and lieutenant of her High School Drill team “The Berkner Bandoleras” until graduation. After graduating from High School, Anna attended Kilgore College and became a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. Where she performed at Kilgore College Football games, The Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade, President George Bush’s Inauguration parade and Gala, The Cotton Bowl Halftime show and the annual spring show held by the Rangerettes called “Revels”.

Anna continued her education at the University of North Texas as a dance major and while she attended UNT, Anna auditioned for the Arena Football league dance team called the Dallas Desperados Dancers and performed with them for 3 years. During the years of DDD she was performing all over the Dallas metroplex and also competed on America’s Got Talent in 2008 and made it to the top 15.

Being a part of the Dallas Desperados Dancers allowed her to audition and become captain of the 1st NFL Hip Hop team the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers. She danced with DCR&B for 4 years at all Dallas Cowboys home games, made television appearances and traveled the world performing and representing the Dallas Cowboys.

In between performing professionally, Anna was also teaching dance classes at local studios around the Dallas metroplex and her passion for teaching grew. After finishing her time with the Dallas Cowboys she continued teaching Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Ballet at the prestige school of Legacy Dance Center in Frisco Texas for 11 years.

Anna and her husband just recently moved to Charleston, SC to start a new adventure by the beach and she is looking forward to being a part of a new dance community at DCC.

ABOUT DANCE CONSERVATORY OF CHARLESTON:

Dance Conservatory of Charleston was created to provide the highest caliber dance education in the Charleston area. Our aim is to offer an unprecedented level of ballet instruction — from beginner to pre-professional — combined with an inspiring arts education, all in a safe, nurturing environment. Founded by New York City Ballet dancer Lindy Mandradjieff Fabyanic, the Dance Conservatory combines the elite technical training of a preeminent American dance academy with the heart and accessibility of a community dance center. The result is a place of both warmth and rigor, where young people can explore their passion joyfully while learning the dedication, discipline, and determination that will serve them for a lifetime. 


Support for Summer Camp Programs provided in part by the Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall Foundation.

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