Danyele Gardner currently serves as owner, director, instructor, and choreographer of the South Carolina Dance Company. She has directed and produced many spring con- certs, pageant productions, theater/church performances, and numerous special events. 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 Pro- grams, and other intensive training sessions. Her training began with the Calvert/Brodie Schools, SueAnn Derrick, Rhonda Marchant, and Nancy Giles (Columbia, SC). She then furthered her studies traveling the southeast taking classes from master choreogra- phers. Her vocal and acting studies include Molly Hoffman, Emmalee Robbins, Dawn Smith, and Dr. Ann Benson (Columbia College). Her repertoire includes Peter Pan, Grease, Crazy For You, Wizard of Oz, Road to Victory, Nutcracker, A Mid Summer’s Night Dream, and the list goes on. Her most beloved performance is with Christian Artist Dana Russell in her music video “I Believe in Love”. Danyele is trained to teach students in all disciplines of dance, gymnastics, voice, acting, pageantry (including modeling, interview, wardrobe, & make-up). She earned a Den- tal 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 educa- tion and facility 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 to- gether they have two son, Jon David (5) and Jonah (7 months). Danyele Gardner Owner/ Artistic Director
Kerrie-Anne Sparks is a Valedictorian graduate from The Harid Conservatory and was a member of the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Internationale, and Columbia City Ballet. She has toured throughout the US and China, performing soloist and principle roles in various works, including: Alonso King’s Carmen, Eldar Aliev’s 1001 Nights, Septime Weber’s Where the Wild Things Are, Mia Micael’s The Same ‘Ol, Same ‘Ol, Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, and numerous classical ballets. Ms. Dunn was selected as a model for Motion- wear, and is featured in several catalogs. In 2003, Kerrie-Anne was invited to teach and choreograph at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet by Marcia Dale Weary. She has also had the privilege of performing for the Southern Baptist Association. Kerrie-Anne attends the University of South Carolina and currently a member of the USC Dance Company and resides in West Columbia with her husband and they are expecting their first son in Sep- tember.
Kerrie-Anne Sparks Ballet
Catherine Lewis began dancing at the age of 3 with the Cotton Blossom Cloggers and later with Southern Connection Cloggers of Irmo, SC and began competing at the age of 5. While clogging, Catherine has been able to travel to the Midwest and up and down the Eastern Seaboard to dance and compete. Catherine was given the opportunity to dance at Disney World, onboard a Carnival Cruise line ship, and in Europe. Catherine has won numerous awards for solos, duets, and team dances in moving line, standingline, hoedown, precision, exhibition, and more. Catherine is also a member of the South Carolina Clogging Council (SCCC) and the American Clogging Hall of Fame (ACHF). Catherine has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and is currently working towards a degree in chemistry.
Catherine Lewis Clogging/Preschool
Chris Lacy is a self-taught hip-hop/jazz dancer and choreographer. He has won many awards for his hip-hop and jazz performances at competitions such as Starbound, Encore and Encore Nationals. He was a teacher and choreographer at E.T.C. Dance Company and Central Caro- lina Performing Arts Center. Chris’s inspiration for dance began at age five after watching a Michael Jackson video. One quote that sums up how Chris feels about dancing is "Dancing doesn't build character, it reveals it." - Mary Murphy, from SYTYCD. Chris is looking for- ward to teaching hip hop at South Carolina Dance Company this year!
Chris Lacey Hip Hop