Orangeburg Civic Ballet members

Orangeburg Civic Ballet members who attended a Summer Intensive program are pictured.


The Orangeburg Civic Ballet dancers train vigorously all year to develop their dance technique. Several of the OCB dancers took time out of their summer vacation to advance their training by attending Summer Intensive programs to study under professional guest artists. Most of the dancers went through an audition process that started earlier in the year.

Summer Etheridge, Lily-Katherine Felkel, Kaylin Fender, Madison Gathers, Jaila Garvin, Sydney Haigler, Makenzie Hollington, Mya Jackson, Rachel Mandeville, Liza Newsome, Adrea Ott, Charlotte Palmer, Courtney Rich, Mikayla Rider, Delaney Ridley, Lizzie Sandifer, Sarah Tomson and Samantha Tomson all attended Tamalyn’s Dance Centre’s first annual Summer Dance Intensive. They danced for seven hours a day, taking classes in ballet, pointe, variations, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acting and yoga.

Ja’Dayah Canteen, Aniyah Greene and Lauren Smalls studied at the Center for Dance Education in Columbia. They took classes in ballet, pointe, character, contemporary and jazz.

Lily-Katherine Felkel, Rachel Mandeville, Mikayla Rider, Sarah Tomson and Samantha Tomson were able to attend both the Tamalyn’s Dance Centre and the Center for Dance Education intensives.

Braxton Hill attended a three-week residential program at South Carolina Dance Conservatory at the University of South Carolina. She was provided the opportunity to live on the USC campus while attending classes in ballet, pointe, variations, jazz, contemporary, character and repertory. She also attended a week at the Eglevsky Ballet in New York.

Courtney Rich attended a five-week Summer Intensive at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she participated in intense training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, acting, repertory, as well as improvisation/composition class, all while being able to experience dorm-style living.

These dancers all currently train at Tamalyn’s Dance Centre located at 1321 Springdale Dr. in Orangeburg. They are Principal, Soloist and Corps de Ballet dancers in the Orangeburg Civic Ballet.

The OCB is gearing up for its first performance of the season, “The Nutcracker," at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on the South Carolina State University campus. They are also presenting two special school performances at 9 a.m. and at 12 p.m. on Dec. 8.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 803-531-0017.


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