The Fine Arts Center's pre-professional dance training is designed to produce a physically and mentally aware dancer with the technical training to be a versatile dancer and the general knowledge to be an intelligent and well- rounded dance patron or professional. Our program is rooted in the disciplines of both classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance techniques which trains a versatile dancer for today’s dance world. In addition to their technical dance training, students learn the elements of dance design and how to compose dances, study anatomy and alignment, master the French ballet terminology, and delve into dance and body conditioning. Residencies with professional dance artists, field trips and extensive video resources bring dance companies and the history of dance to the studio and enhance the students' understanding of the world of dance.

VISITING GUEST ARTISTS & CHOREOGRAPHERS
Our resident faculty is highly qualified, but dance students often have an opportunity to study with renowned dance artists and teachers. Guest artists also choreograph original dance works for the Fine Arts Center dance students to perform in public performances. In the past, the Fine Arts Center has had guest artists who have performed with dance companies such as the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Battleworks, David Parsons Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, L.A. Dance Project, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Dan Wagoner and Dancers, Randy James Dance Works, Pilobolus Too, Ballet Folklorico, and teachers from New York, Texas, Florida, Chicago, Canada and the Ukraine as guest artists. Guest artists have included: Alonzo King, Gerri Houlihan, Brian McGinnis, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Sara Procopio, Joan Wadopian, Rick McCullough, Tim Glenn, Lisa Wheeler, Dr. Stephanie Milling and Randy James among others. Several of the dance artists have been in residence from 1-2 weeks teaching classes and choreographing for the students or restaging works.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Field trips to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts as well as Spoleto USA, Asheville, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Tallahassee, Winston-Salem, Durham and other cities enable students to experience dance from a broader perspective. Students have traveled to visit university dance programs and to see performances by such companies as the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Corella Ballet. National and Regional High School Dance Festivals have taken us to Miami, Baltimore,Norfolk and Pittsburgh. Dancers have an opportunity to earn membership into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) and if eligible, can apply for the prestigious National Dance Education Organization’s Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, one of the nation’s highest honor awards. Three FAC dancers have been named Award Winner (highest) with others placing as Finalists and Honorable Mention.

WHERE OUR STUDENTS GO AFTER GRADUATION
Fine Arts Center students have attended SUNY/Purchase, Point Park University, Florida State University, Marymount Manhattan, University of the Arts, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Hollins University, Case Western Reserve, Pace University, Clemson, University of South Carolina (Columbia), College of Charleston, Columbia College among others. Graduates have performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Metropolitan Opera, Cunningham Dance Company, Columbia City Ballet, Clancy Works, Carolina Ballet Theatre and on Broadway.