Our Faculty


Dale Lam - Columbia City Jazz Artistic Director

Dale Lam - CCJC Artistic Director

Dale was named "Top Private Studio/Conservatory Teacher" by Dance Teacher magazine and The Dance Teacher Summit in Longbeach, California this summer! She is an active choreographer and master instructor throughout the United States and has taught internationally at the Kiradjiev Cultural Center in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Danz Studio in Costa Rica, and the Singapore Dance Association at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.


Shannon Manning - CCJC Assistant Director and Children's Programs

Shannon Manning comes to us from Las Vegas, where she performed nightly with world renowned Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage for eight years. Her professional career began at 17, when she was hand picked by Paula Abdul to be in Janet Jackson's first music video What Have You Done for Me Lately? She appeared on the 1980s hit series Fame. Shannon toured the United States and Canada with the stage rendition of the movie Dirty Dancing choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. Her training includes San Francisco Ballet School, Marin Ballet School, and Dupree Dance Academy with scholarships at the later two.

Shannon Manning - Assistant Manager and Children's Dance Programs

Bonnie Boiter Jolley - director of Ballet

Bonnie Boiter-Jolley - Director of Ballet

Bonnie Boiter-Jolley was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and attended high school on full scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Melissa Hayden, Christine Spizzo, Kee Juan Han and Warren Connover. She spent summers studying at the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina with degrees in dance performance and choreography and political science where she studied under former New York City Ballet Soloist Stacey Calvert. She performed principal roles in numerous productions including Balanchine's "Serenade", "Who Cares?", and "Valse Fantasie". She has been lucky enough to perform in Italy, the Czech Republic, and at the summer stage series in New York. After graduating Bonnie danced with Wideman Davis Dance and Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, Washington. In addition to her position as the Director of Ballet at Columbia City Jazz School, Bonnie teaches at the USC Dance Conservatory and is a soloist with the Columbia City Ballet where she is currently in her sixth season.


Ashley Evans - CCJ Assistant Director

Ashley Evans began her studies at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. With a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from Winthrop University, she has been a dance instructor in public schools for 5 years teaching tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. Through years of dance experience, she has been awarded numerous platinum and overall awards through competitive dance, a "Flygirl " on the Winthrop University Dance Team, a color guard instructor, and has performed internationally in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, and Singapore.

Ashely Evans- Director CCJ II

James Schuller - Tap Insturctor

James Schuller - Director of Tap

James is a Business and Finance major at the University of South Carolina who has had a passion for dance his whole life. He has been dancing and performing all disciplines of dance with Dance Productions in North Carolina where he studied tap under Sabrina Perrell. He has also has been in works by Mike Minery, Shannon Mather, and Columbia City Jazz's Two Claras. We welcome James as he brings his eleven years of tapping excellence to Columbia City Jazz!