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 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.
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!
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 seventh season.
South Carolina native, Claire Richards, grew up studying dance at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance under the instruction of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda. She was a member of Columbia City Ballet II for several years before joining Columbia City Ballet in 2011. During her training, Claire competed in numerous competitions, namely Youth America Grand Prix as well as attended prestigious summer programs with Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet West. She has also performed with Concept Zero, Ballet Spartanburg and Columbia Summer Repertory Company. During Claire's time with Columbia City Ballet, she has performed many soloist and principal roles, her favorites including "The Red Maiden" in Dracula, "Myrtha" in Giselle, "Sugar Plum Fairy" in Nutcracker, and "Beauty" in Beauty and the Beast. Claire is currently a principal dancer with Columbia City Ballet and entering her seventh season.
Lindsey Anderson began her formal training at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. As a residential high school student, she studied ballet under Stanislav Issaev, Irina Ushakova, and Lloyd Whitmore. As a senior, Lindsey was also awarded 3rd place overall in both the Classical and Contemporary solo divisions at the Youth America Grand Prix.
Lindsey then studied the Balanchine ballet style and Martha Graham modern technique under Stacey Calvert and Martha Graham modern technique under Miriam Barbosa at the University. During her college career, Lindsey was a featured performer in over 20 productions with the University of South Carolina Dance Company, including several legendary modern works by Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp. She was also featured in the annual "Stars of New York City Ballet" Gala from 2006-09, performing alongside several NYCB principal dancers.
In 2009, Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in Dance Education and taught 3 years of public school dance while dancing professionally with Unbound Dance Company out of Columbia, SC. Lindsey is currently focused on raising her two children with her husband, and sharing her passion for dance technique and performance with her students at CCJ Conservatory.
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 10 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.