Ari Dickinson studied classical ballet, modern, jazz and character dance on full scholarships at San Diego Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet in New York and Centre Internatianale de Danse in Cannes, France. She performed professionallly with the San Diego Ballet Company, Columbia Artists and Theater Bristol, and danced in productions at Virginia Intermont College/Bristol Ballet Company and Brevard Music Center Opera Workshop.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Since coming to South Carolina, she has been the ballet mistress for Florence Ballet Company and worked for Sylvia Seymour Davis at the original Dance Place in Bethune. She and her husband are the Ministers of Music at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden.

Stephanie Hanley Caldwell is a former student of Sylvia Seymour Davis and Ari Dickinson at The Dance Place. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with an emphasis in teaching from Columbia College in Columbia, SC and a Masters in Christian Education from the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephanie has led state and national workshops on interpretive movement and liturgical dance. She is currently the Creative Ministries Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. She is married to David Caldwell, a teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

Amy Shivar has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and modern dance for most of her life. She was a company member in Gaston Dance Theatre, a civic ballet company in North Carolina, for six years and performed in numerous ballets and short works by choreographers from across the United States and abroad.

She attended the 1986 NC Governor's School in Dance, and summer sessions at Queens College and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. While in college, Amy performed with the UNC-G Dance Company and the theatre department in musicals, operas, and short works by faculty and students, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance from UNC-Greensboro in 1991. She spent 1993-94 studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Following college, Amy appeared in a variety of ballets and musicals. In 1996 Amy began study at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and received a MA in Intercultural Studies in 2000.

Previously, she has taught at Elements of Dance in North Carolina and subsituted at the Dance Place. Ms. Shivar is currently pursuing her Cecchetti USA Qualification under the direction of Judith Hawkesworth, FCUSA. She is a Member of CUSA and holds her TC-2 Teaching Certificate. Amy's husband, Robbie, is the pastor of The Crossings Church in Elgin.

Judith Hawkesworth, FCUSA, FCCA, AISTD-CICB, a pedagogy and curriculum development specialist, has devoted her professional life to teaching classical ballet governed by the principles of Maestro Enrico Cecchetti. Ms. Hawkesworth offers over 45 years teaching experience and is a qualified member of Cecchetti USA, Cecchetti International Classical Ballet, Cecchetti Council of America and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London, England. Ms. Hawkesworth is a CUSA Fellow and serves the organization as Executive Board Member, Administrator and Examiner.

The nurturing quality of Ms. Hawkesworth's teaching instills students with self discipline, confidence, poise and grace. Her vocation is to use her life experience and training as a dance educator to enrich the lives of children through the love of dance while encouraging them to strive for excellence in all they do.

Katherine Dickinson grew up studying ballet at The Dance Place. During her time there, she frequently assisted with classes and has been responsible for developing and running the studio website since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. While in school, she was the head of a student run opera company and directed a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. She earned a certificate in stage combat and has studied acting and voice. In addition, Katherine also spent two summers learning arts administration through internships with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York. She furthered her office management skills in Virginia, working for a non profit that trained service dogs for people with disabilities.

  • Ari Dickinson
  • Stephanie Caldwell
  • Amy Shivar
  • Judith Hawkesworth
  • Katherine Dickinson
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Camden, SC 29020

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