Just Dance! is Charleston Dance Center’s competition company. Our dancers, age 5 to 18, compete across the country at regional and national competitions and conventions. Beyond the competitions, Just Dance! allows dancers to develop their skills in a family atmosphere.
Auditions are held every summer to determine team placement.
Mini Mini Team (average age is 6)
Mini Company (average age is 8)
Petite Company (average age is 10)
Junior Company (average age is 12)
Senior Company (average age is 14)
Recreational Team (age varies)
Competition Dance Team History
The Just Dance! competition dance team was founded in 2000 under the direction of Buffi Wade. Since then, the company has continuously grown to include six teams and in 2016, Lindsey Gentry was named the co-director.
Just Dance! companies have participated in the Performer’s Showcase at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, provided the children’s cast for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Charleston Christmas’ Special, participated in a dance pilot for MTV and performed in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
We are focused on training well-rounded dancers who perform age-appropriate skills and routines. Although Just Dance! competition teams and dancers have won dozens of national titles, winning isn’t everything. It is far more important to us that our dancers are humble, gracious and polite. As much as we work with our dancers on technique, we spend the same amount of time teaching them backstage etiquette and the importance of treating all competitors with respect and kindness.
The skills our dancers learn will help them to be successful in anything they do – whether they strive to dance professionally or become a lawyer. They are learning how to manage their time and understand the results that hard work and discipline can bring. They are learning how to work as a team as well as building lifelong friendships.