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Foothills Dance Conservatory

Foothills Dance Conservatory (FDC) is the first premier, pre-professional dance school located in Seneca, whose exceptional ballet, jazz and contemporary dance training is recognized throughout the professional dance community as being one of the best training facilities in South Carolina.

 

Whether students attend "just for the fun" or for a possible future dance career, all deserve correct training.

 

Foothills Dance Conservatory was founded with a most ambitious objective in mind... To offer time-honored traditional dance instruction in a variety of subjects in a nurturing environment with teaching excellence normally found in big cities. You will find no students teaching classes at Foothills Dance Conservatory. Our professional faculty carry with them the professionalism they learned training with some of the best national and international teachers in the world.

 

Students from many locations have traveled to Seneca, South Carolina to take advantage of the opportunities offered at Foothills Dance Conservatory. We offer spacious state-of-the-art studios with high ceilings. All three spaces have injury-preventative wood sprung flooring with a slip-resistant Marley overlay in the two main spaces.

 

Foothills Dance Conservatory offers an exceptional building and correct training for all our students. A parent observation room allows parents to observe class instruction.

A Note from the Director

Why doesn’t Foothills Dance Conservatory attend the dance competitions? As a dance educator coming from the professional dance world I know better. Most of the commercial competitions pay a percentage of the application fee back to the studio owner. The financial commitment for out of town travel, hotels, registration fees and costumes could allow a dancer to attend the finest dance intensives in our nation. I have judged and taught at these competitions and the adjudicators are paid extremely well.  Classes are offered in a gigantic hotel ballroom with carpeting on the floor. The teachers and demonstrators are placed on an elevated platform form and dancers are packed in. Though this may be a “fun” experience for the dancer, little is gained. Commercial dance studios are about showmanship. Professional dance schools are about skill and artistry. At FDC we give our students several free opportunities to hone their performance skills with authentic performance experiences. Each year our students perform for area outreach in local elementary schools. Also for the past 15 years we have been invited to perform for World of Dances, a fund raiser for the Association of Indian Development at Clemson University. When I am contracted for residencies, I take students to perform and demonstrate.  Other opportunities include performing for Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts alongside world class professionals in the annual Nutcracker production performed at the Brooks Center. We have already been invited by the Clemson University Women’s Club to perform for a luncheon next Fall. Dancers at FDC do not need a trophy to affirm their talents. Each year through an audition process, our dancers are accepted into the most competitive summer programs in our nation. Every January we do attend the regional Youth American Grand Prix held in Atlanta which is a competition for the strongest of dancers. This gives the serious student a chance to see their competitors and get feedback from current professional dancers adjudicating the contestants. The top ten percent attend the finals in NY and are awarded scholarships to the finest dance institutions. YAGP is highly regarded in the professional dance world and has weight on a resume unlike commercial competitions which are enormous money makers for promoters. For FDC families who are not ready for their dancers to travel out of town, I bring in esteemed professionals for our own summer intensive.  The amount of time training in the Advanced and Intermediate Intensive is equivalent to over a semester of training. Included are classes to help maintain and strengthen the dancer’s body. The level I & II dance camp is equivalent to a year of training (30 hours). It is not mandatory to attend all three weeks. This year we have an array of faculty traveling from near and far to work with your dancers, two of the ten instructors are listed below. This is a unique opportunity for a school of our size. Some of the teachers instructing in our summer programs are prospective ballet faculty for next year. I value your input in this matter.

 

Available Dance Trainings

  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Modern/Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Children's Classes
  • Toddler Dance
  • Creative Dance
  • Pre-Dance
  • Adult Ballet for exercise
  • Senior exercise
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