Who We Are
Established in 1999, the Charleston Dance Center is a family-owned business, owned and operated by Barbara Wade, Buffi Wade and Kim Wade Roberts.
Offering classes in preschool, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, tumbling, jazz and contemporary, we are a year-round training facility located in West Ashley. Charleston Dance Center is committed to performance and motivating our students to reach their highest potential. The Charleston Dance Center operates year-round and annual classes follow the school year schedule; registration takes place in the late summer, classes begin mid-August and the year ends with a Year End Performance Revue in June.
What We Do
In addition to offering classes in preschool, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, tumbling, jazz and contemporary dance,
The Charleston Dance Center is home to an amazing performance group, Just Dance! .
This ensemble of talented young dancers (ages 5 through 18 years old) is technical and committed. Highly trained and highly motivated, each dancer is committed to performing original work with precision and emotion. Selected by audition, company members train with guest artists and choreographers from across the United States at the Charleston Dance Center and at dance conventions and workshops throughout the Southeast.
The Just Dance! Performance Company consistently supports the Charleston community through annual performances at local schools, fundraisers and children’s events. In addition, the Just Dance! Performance Company has traveled to New York to participate in the Performer’s Showcase at the Broadway Dance Center, provided the children’s cast for the Great Russian Nutcracker for the Moscow Ballet, Charleston Christmas’ Special, participated in a dance pilot for Music Television, performed in Picollo Spoleto and performed in the South Carolina Festival of Dance for the University of South Carolina.
In addition to our regular dance classes, the Charleston Dance Center holds several special events throughout the year including:
Guest Artist Series
The Charleston Dance Center brings industry professionals in-house to teach master classes and workshops to dancers in the Charleston community. These teachers represent a broad spectrum of dance styles and their classes give dancers exposures to new styles and techniques. These classes are offered to all dancers at the Charleston Dance Center as well as dancers throughout Charleston.
Summer Dance Intensive
The Summer Dance Intensive at the Charleston Dance Center offers summer classes intended for the more serious dancers wanting to maintain and build their technical ability through year-round training. Students advance through one-on-one instruction while perfecting dance technique.
Summers at Charleston Dance Center include fun-filled week-long camps for dancers of all ages with or without previous experience. Structured as teaching camps they provide a non-competitive environment designed to excite children about dance.