Providing Quality dance in Greenville, SC
About Greenville Ballet School
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The Greenville Ballet School provides the finest quality dance instruction in a fun and loving environment in order to promote lifelong learning, fitness, and an appreciation of the arts.
The Greenville Ballet School’s experienced, professional faculty offers instruction and performance opportunities in Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Modern Dance. See what our students can do. We offer a quality experience in a quality environment. Andrew and Merry Kuharsky are Greenville’s best and most experienced ballet teachers. We have four spacious studios with sprung wood floors for safety and a curriculum where students safely learn the proper techniques at each age. Studies have shown that dance training enhances children’s academic achievement as well as helping keep them physically fit, graceful, and confident.
Greenville Ballet School Staff Experience
REBECCA LEE (Artistic Director) – Rebecca Lee is a native of Greenville, where she received her dance training with the Greenville Ballet, the Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her B.F.A. in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Columbia College and her M.F.A in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Florida State University. She has been a company member with Dance Repertory Theatre in Tallahassee, FL, and a guest artist with Wildwood Ballet and the Power Company in Columbia, SC. She has also danced with Christian von Howard in the Von Howard Project and with the Garage Girls a Go-Go in New York City. She has taught for FSU Summer Dance Intensive, FSU non-major dance classes, Tallahassee Ballet, Pas de Vie Ballet Company, Ballet Spartanburg, and Broadway South. She has also choreographed for Converse College, Columbia College, Ballet Spartanburg, Tallahassee Ballet and the Fine Arts Center. She currently teaches dance in the Greenville County Schools and at the after-school A.R.M.E.S. program at the Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center.
CHARIS VANDONKELAAR (School Director) – Charis VanDonkelaar has performed professionally with the Columbia City Ballet and the Charlotte Ballet. She received her training at the Greenville Ballet School. She has also studied at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, American Ballet Theatre school in New York City, the school of the Charlotte Ballet, and at the University of South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Dracula, Peter Pan, and in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? (where she was coached by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Patricia McBride).
ELIZABETH ALLEN (Ballet) – Elizabeth Allen began dancing at age ten. She received her training at the Greenville Ballet School. She has studied at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, the school of the Charlotte Ballet, and at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City. With the Greenville Ballet, she has performed leading roles in Coppélia and The Nutcracker. She has been coached by Sascha Radetsky (Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company), Christopher Sellars, and Laszlo Berdo. Along with dancing and teaching, Elizabeth is also a cellist and a book conservator.
ANNE DYE (Guest Teacher) – Anne Dye, originally from Louisiana, began dancing at age three. At age 12, she was Clara in The Nutcracker with the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She continued her training in Montgomery, Alabama where she performed with Alabama Dance Theatre in Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides, and other ballets. She attended annual festivals of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, studying with many master teachers. While her father was stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia she had the opportunity to teach dance during a summer camp to international students at The American Club. She attended Huntingdon College where she completed her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Anne continues to utilize her dance experience in her current job as a K-4 preschool classroom in the Greenville County Schools. She participated in the District’s SmartArts program where she paired with a professional dancer to incorporate a project approach unit entitled “Making Stories Through Dance.”
LAURA DUNN (Guest Teacher) – Laura Dunn is the former owner and director of Ballet Aresko in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has performed with Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts, and Roanoke Ballet Theatre, where she danced leading roles including the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Isabella in Napoli, and Cinderella. She trained at The Sangre de Cristo Ballet School, Virginia School of the Arts, and Ballet Magnificat!, and has worked with Martin Friedman of Colorado Ballet, world renown ballerina Galina Panova, Eli Lazar, Adam Sage, Martha Fesia, Dominique Angel, Tyrone Brooks and Sandra Meythaler. She has taught at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Seven Hills Dance Studio, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and Assemble Dance studio, and is co-founder of Haven School of Dance in Pueblo, Colorado.