Choreography Creation Camp

2020 Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program


with Dance Conservatory of Charleston


June 15 – 19, 2020
Ages: 8-12
Camp Registration: $175

Scholarships are available for all camps. Please email 

CANCELED. With the health and safety of campers in mind, the Charleston Gaillard Center has canceled all of our summer camps. Participants have been contacted by email regarding refunds. If you have any questions regarding refunds, please reach out to the Ticket Office at or (843) 242-3099. Thank you for your continued support. 

Give your child an exhilarating summer with our Choreography Creation Camp! This week-long session will challenge students academically and physically as they are immersed in the choreographic process. Each day will include technique classes in classical ballet and contemporary dance, as well as individual and group improvisation with the intent of extracting inspiration from non-traditional sources while exploring new movement patterns.

During the week students will be introduced to the principles of choreography through exciting and thought-provoking composition games and exercises, which will then become the building blocks of their own choreography. The workshop culminates in a performance of their original group piece followed by a discussion on the composition process on the stage of the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

 Teaching spatial coordination, creative problem solving and musicality, this camp is perfect for the eager, imaginative mind!


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. Lily Watkins began her ballet training in Columbus, OH under Shir Lee Wu. In 2004 she was awarded 1st place in the Junior Classical Division for Youth American Grand Prix semi-final in Chicago, IL, and the following year she was invited to attend The School of American Ballet as a scholarship student in the Advanced Division. While studying at SAB Ms. Watkins performed numerous times at the David H. Koch New York State Theater alongside New York City Ballet, including dancing principal roles in 2 & 3 Part Inventions and Fanfare during the 2008 Jerome Robbins Celebration.



Ms. Watkins’s piece for the SAB Student Choreographic Workshop, Serenade for Strings, garnered the attention of Artistic Director Peter Martins, and in 2009 she was one of four promising young choreographers invited to created works for the New York Choreographic Institute’s Spring Session. Ms. Watkins has since expanded her choreographic repertoire to encompass a wide range of genres, including neoclassical ballet, modern and contemporary, as well as performance art, movement comedies and musical theater productions.

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.