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Meet The Staff of South Carolina Dance Company of Lexington, SC

The staff members at SCDC value every student and family. SCDC is committed to treating students and families with the highest level of professionalism, respect, and courtesy.

The staff members of SCDC encourage you to let us know at anytime if we are not meeting your expectations or providing you with the level of services you desire. SCDC instructors and staff members have Christian beliefs and support comes from the staff through prayer and ministry by guiding students (young and old). We believe that if we train our children in the way they should go, when they are old they will not depart from it.

Our goal is to provide each dancer the opportunity to grow and learn in all disciplines of the performing arts while providing a safe, happy, and nurturing environment with Christian staff members. Our goal is for South Carolina Dance Company to be the BEST DANCE STUDIO IN THE MIDLANDS!

Danyele Gardner – Owner and Artistic Director of South Carolina Dance Company

Danyele Gardner - Owner and Artistic Director

Danyele Gardner - Owner and Artistic Director of South Carolina Dance Company

Danyele Gardner currently serves as owner, director, instructor, and choreographer of the South Carolina Dance Company.  Recently, Danyele won TOP Choreography accolades from regional dance competitions where her competitive teams were recognized as elite performers. Some of Danyele’s students have been invited to attend Governor’s School of the Arts, New York Programs including Kids Artistic Review, JUMP, and the Rockettes as well as other intensive training sessions.

Danyele is trained to teach students in all disciplines of dance, gymnastics, voice, acting, pageantry (including modeling, interview, wardrobe, & make-up). She earned a Dental Hygiene degree from Midlands Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree is Early Childhood Education from Columbia College. Danyele’s passion is for the parents, students, and staff to be a part of the best dance education and facility in the Midlands. She gives all the glory of her creativity to the Lord and desires for God to be honored through “Praising His Name with Dance.” Danyele resides in Lexington with her husband Jonathan Gardner, and sons Jon David (9) Jonah Dylan (4).

SCDC's Danyele Gardner on the cover of Lake Murray Magazine, April 2012

SCDC's Danyele Gardner on the cover of Lake Murray Magazine, April 2012

In April of 2012, Danyele Gardner was featured on the cover and was the lead story for the Lake Murray Magazine of Columbia SC.  Danyele was highlighted in the magazine for her active role in the community as Mrs. SC America 2012, and more importantly, for her role as a dedicated wife, mother, and focused business owner in the Lexington SC community.

SCDC Staff for 2013

SCDC Staff for 2013

The Staff of South Carolina Dance Company 2013

Ashley Howell – Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Company Co-Directer

Ashley Howell

Ashley Howell

Ashley is currently in her 5th season here at South Carolina Dance Company. She began her dance training at the age of 3 at ShaMar Dance Studios. At the age of 10, Ashley was accepted into Columbia City Ballet II and began training under William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. At the age of 15, she was invited to join the Columbia City Ballet and performed many soloist and featured roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Off the Wall: Dancing the Arts of Jonathan Green, and the Hootie And the Blowfish Ballet. In addition to her ballet studies, Ashley began training at the South Carolina Performing Arts Center for jazz and tap and became a Senior member of Company One, winning top overall awards for solos and groups. Over the years, she has trained with world-renowned choreographers and teachers such as Jason Parsons, Mia Michaels, Joe Lanteri, Chris Dupre, Mandy Moore, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Cynthia Harvey, and David Howard. Now retired from her dancing career, Ashley enjoys sharing her love for the art with her students. Her choreography has been recognized at regional and national competitions across the southeast. Most recently, she and owner Danyele Gardner, were awarded a coveted Teacher of the Year 2012 award at Kids Artistic Revue Grand National Finals in Myrtle Beach. Their group “Chicago” also won Elite Grand National Champions, which is their highest honor awarded.

Email: ashley@southcarolinadancecompany.com

Claire Rose Norris – Daily Operations, Preschool, Lyrical

Claire Rose Norris

Claire Rose Norris

Claire entered the world of dance as an eager, energetic 5-year-old student at the well-respected Crosby’s School of Dance in Aiken, SC. By age 11, Claire was invited to join the Aiken Civic Ballet Company as an apprentice (ACBC) where three years later she earned a position as a full member of the ACBC, under the direction of Carl Crosby. A committed dance student, Claire developed skills in tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. As Claire developed her dance skills, she was invited to perform as a guest dancer with the Augusta Civic Ballet in several productions of the classic, The Nutcracker. Claire continued her dance study throughout work on her bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University where she graduated with a degree in Mass Communications in 2001. Following graduation, Claire spent a year working at Walt Disney World in Orlando where she learned the Disney way of using aspects of performance as life skills as well as the value of excellent interpersonal customer service skills. She enjoys working in the theater world as well both acting and choreographing. She won the award for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on the Aiken Community Playhouse’s production of “Grease”. Aside from dancing, Claire’s greatest joy is spending time with her husband, Clay, and their beautiful toddler daughter, Macie.

Email: claire@southcarolinadancecompany.com

Amanda Breedlove – Ballet

Amanda Breedlove

Amanda Breedlove

Born and raised in Columbia, SC and a graduate of Spring Valley High School, Amanda began studying Ballet at the age of four with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. She has trained under Mariclare Miranda, William Starrett, Serge Lavioe, Kerrie-Anne Dunn Sparks, Ashley Howell and Kimberly Langley. She danced on stage with the Columbia City Ballet beginning at the age of five, became a member of CCBII, the junior company, at the age of seven and continued until she became a full company member at age 17. While with Columbia City Ballet she has performed in numerous Ballet productions since 1997 totaling over 60 rolls. Amanda began competing with Columbia Conservatory Dance Company when she was 12, first in Ballet then in Jazz, Lyrical, Contempo- rary and Musical Theatre winning numerous solo and group awards. Amanda has attended summer programs at the Boston Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she had the privilege of taking classes with Li-Chou Cheng, David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland, Dennis Marshall, Laura Young among many others.  She will be going into her fifth season as a professional dancer with the Columbia City Ballet and plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the future majoring exercise science and physical therapy.

Taylor Bohn – Jazz, Lyrical, Company Assistant

Taylor Bohn

Taylor Bohn

Taylor Bohn is a 2010 Graduate of Lexington High School. She is currently enrolled at Midlands Technical College and is transferring next fall to the University of South Carolina to receive her degree in Public Relations. Taylor began her dance career at the age of 3 with Mimi Worrell at her dance studio in Lexington. Taylor danced with the highly renowned dance studio, Southern Strutt, for 13 years where she got the opportunity to dance on the Radio City Music Hall stage in New York City, The V Show in Las Vegas and received countless awards and scholarships from dance conventions including: JUMP, NUVO, and New York City Dance Alliance. She was also part of the Victory Cup winning numbers at many StarPower National Competitions. Taylor has gotten the opportunity to work with many well known choreographers including: Bobby Newberry, Travis Wall, Denise Wall, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspary, Mark Meismer, Tre Holloway, and many more. Taylor was also recently featured in a campaign for Sheex that landed her on a billboard in downtown Columbia, SC and national attention in magazines such as: Sky Mall, and Shape. Taylor was also recently featured on the Vogue Italia website in a photo competition for many great up and coming photographers. She also got the opportunity to walk for many designers in the up and coming Charleston Fashion Week. Taylor was also featured as an extra on the set of the popular HBO T.V series, Homeland. Taylor competed in the Miss South Carolina USA pageant this past November where she placed in the top 15 and won the prestige Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards. She also competed in Miss South Carolina USA 2012 where she placed in the top 10. Taylor has judged for many pageants around the South Carolina and North Carolina area. She has also choreographed/held classes with many local dance studios including: Dizzy Dancin and CDC. Taylor is honored that she was chosen to be a new addition to the SCDC family and can’t wait to share her immense passion for dance with all of you.

Tara Rooks -

Tara Rooks, Teacher at South Carolina Dance Company of Lexington SC

Tara Rooks

Tara began her dance education in Georgia under the direction of Melissa Blair Hall at StarMaker Talent Dance Company. She is excited to begin her 7thseason of competitive dance and her 2nd year as a proud member of SCDC’s Elite Company. Tara has won numerous awards and scholarships at both regional and national competitions throughout the Southeast. She has received training in voice, acting, and tumbling/acro both for dance and cheerleading. Tara has been actively involved in musical theater since elementary school, and has appeared in numerous productions including featured roles in: Tarzan the Musical, Seussical, Wonka Jr., and The Little Mermaid. Tara is a Junior at Lexington High School and is thrilled to begin sharing her love of the performing arts with SCDC students!

Lauren Walters

Catherine Smith

SCDC Teaching Assistants for 2013

Sarah Willard

Sarah Willard

Sarah Willard

Sarah Willard is an 8th grader at Lexington Middle School.  She began dancing when she was 4 and has been competing with SCDC for the past 5 years.  Sarah enjoys all dance but her favorite genres are tap and ballet.  This will be her second year as an assistant and she is looking forward to helping young dancers grow in their love of a truly artistic sport.

Cameron Long

Cameron Long

Delaney Cranshaw

Delaney Cranshaw

Amber Davis

Amber Davis

Julian Coles

Julian Coles

Emma Buchman

Emma Buchman

Peyton Hartmann

Peyton Hartmann

SCDC Office Staff

Claire Norris

Cindy Cranshaw

Debbie Buchman

Michelle Cheatham

Ashley Arnold

Lisa Smith

Brandy Long

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