ABOUT THE COLUMBIA CITY JAZZ DANCE COMPANY
The Columbia City Jazz Dance Company was formed in 1990 by Artistic Director Dale Lam and had the great honor of being named one of the first "Top 50 Dance Companies in the USA" by Dance Spirit magazine for 2002 season. The company consist of around 30 members with each member possessing a strong passion for the art of dance. We train at the Columbia City Jazz Dance School. We'd love for you to take dance classes with us class with us and have programs for dancers of all ages.
We have a very active community outreach program and perform over 20 performances each year in Columbia and smaller cities in our state. We've reached audiences that may have never seen a dance performance of any kind!
In addition to our public performances in South Carolina communities and schools we have also had the honor of being invited to perform overseas a number of times. In July of 2006, we toured China for 5 weeks, staging a number of performances in Jinan City, Qingdao City, Zibo City, Weifang City, Chongqing City, Guangzhou City, Shenzhen City, Shanghai, and others. During the winter of 2000 we performed 30 shows in Singapore and have danced for the European Cultural Month festivities in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the 1999 Tanzsommer Festival in Innsbruck, Austria, and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. for a number of years!
Competitions and Conventions
As if we weren't already busy enough, we also participate in five regional competitions or conventions each year and a Nationals every other year, In the past we've attended Jump, Nuvo, NYCDA, Co. Dance, Starsystems, and Showstoppers. We are proud to have received a number of national awards and scholarships over the years.
Master Class Series
We share our love of dance through our established Master Class Series and Summer Dance Intensive. Each year we bring in a number of internationally known guest artists to teach master classes, which are open to all dancers from any studio that wishes to attend. We've had some amazing classes from artist such Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall, Danny Tidwell, Denise Wall, Mia Michaels, Jason Parsons, Dee Caspary, and others. Our Summer Intensive is usually in June, and our Master Class Series classes usually take place during August through April. As our guests are booked, we'll place announcements and registration forms on our our Events page. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list for master class schedules and other announcements, use our Contact Form. All are welcome and it's an amazing experience to be taking class with other dancers from all over the United States dancing next to you!
Entry into the Columbia City Jazz Company is by [ audition ]. Auditions for the 2008/2009 Season: August 17 at 3:00 and September 6 at 12:00.
Being in Company is hard work. Each division has over 3 hours of Jazz Classes each week to concentrate on technique, plus another at least 4 hours of ballet and another 4 to 6 hours of rehearsal to set choreography and clean pieces. It's demanding, but it's paid off as we've accomplished some pretty amazing things in the last 15 years!