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Ashley Howell

Ashley began her dance training at the age of 3 at Sha-Mar Dance Studios where she was a part of the Etc. Dance Company for 5 years. 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 as a trainee and performed roles in ballets such as Thursday’s Child in Beauty and the Beast, Candy Cane in The Nutcracker, and the Irish Doll in Coppelia. In addition to her ballet studies, Ash- ley began training at the South Carolina Performing Arts Center for jazz and tap and became a Senior member of Company One. Over the years, she has trained with world-renowned choreographers and teachers such as Jason Parsons, Mia Michaels, Joe Lanteri, Chris Dupre, Chris Robinson, Joey Tarwater, Sharon Dante,

Company Assistant Stanislav Issaev, Cynthia Harvey, and David Howard. Ashley currently is a profes- sional dancer with the Columbia City Ballet. Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical/Tap

Hanah began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap, and tumbling. She has been involved with dance competitions for 10 years. She has studied under Danyele Gardner, Debi Stringfield, Hilarie Covington, Rhonda Marchant, Kerrie-Ann Sparks, and many more local instructors. Her national studies include Traci Stanfield, Mike Minery, Mandy Moore, Dee Caspery, and Ray Leeper to name a few. Hanah has won many awards at dance competitions including first place overall at Dance Platinum, Applause, and Star Talent productions. She was named most powerful dancer and highest scoring dance of the day at recent dance competi- tions in 2009. She has won invitations to attend workshops in New York City and is a featured dance company member with the South Carolina Dance Company. Hanah’s repertoire includes A Nutcracker Fantasy, Amazing Grace, Jewels, Seasons, and Chopianna to name a few. Hanah will be a company assistant for the South Carolina Dance Company while teaching choreography and master classes.

Hanah Smith

Preschool/Jazz/ Hip Hop/Company Asst.

Jennifer Harper

Preschool/Ballet/ Company Asst.

Jennifer began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied tap, clogging, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. She has attended Dance Techniques Dance Studio, Stepping Out Dance Company, Pointe of Grace, and continues her training, assisting, and teach- ing classes at South Carolina Dance Company. Jennifer has performed in the Nut- cracker with the Columbia City Ballet as a mouse in 1997 and 1998; several minor roles and Lead Marzipan ballerina in A Nutcracker Fantasy in 2003 and 2005; Blue Bird, a major ballet role in Ballet de Salvation ballet created by Susanne Sanders- Baker in 2008; and lead role, Odette, in concert version of Swan Lake in 2009. In addition to her dancing experiences, Jennifer is a member of the Lexington High School Show Choir. She was chosen by MTV to participate in a reality taping of Show Choir Camps of America in 2009. She also will be teaching choreography to the LHS Show Choir. Jennifer has received Platinum awards and Overall awards for her solos, duets, and team dances.

Austin has been dancing for nine years. She has studied ballet, tap, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. She has attended Stepping Out and Pointe of Grace, and is cur- rently training at South Carolina Dance Company. Austin has been a member of SCDC for four years, and has received many awards for her solos, duets, and team dances. She was also given the Lovely Lines award (2008), and the Beautiful Batte- ment award (2009). She also won an invitation to attend a Kids Artistic Review workshop in NYC. She is happy to be teaching and assisting at South Carolina Dance Company.

Austin Smith


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