Bluffton School of Dance | Bluffton, South Carolina
dance classes calendar CONTACT US FACULTY dress code Rec Classes BSOD COMPANY REGISTER

Bluffton School of Dance Mission Statement:

"To give our community courage so that they may follow their hearts."

ABOUT BLUFFTON SCHOOL OF DANCE
BSOD trains dancers of all ages to reach whatever goals they have-from trying your first activity away from mom to gaining more flexibility and balance for your high school sport! A more serious and intensive part of BSOD is the Bluffton School of Dance Company, a traveling children's competitive dance company. Dancers ages 5-18 audition to be a part of the Company and train up to 10 hours a week + rehearsals on weekend.

  • BSOD Studio Values

    Acceptance - To accept and celebrate each dancer and each family as they are, to embrace their quirks, their amazing attributes, their successes and their struggles and to promote acceptance, empathy and understanding in both our young dancers and our community.

    Individuality - To celebrate each unique dancer and family that enters our studio, to encourage dancers to be original, to help dancers find their unique wonderful qualities and to help all who experience BSOD understand that original and different is fabulous.

    Passion - To pass on our passion for teaching and dance to the next generation, to help kids find their passion in life and art, to promote being passionate about something - even if it isn’t dance.

    Confidence - To help dancers believe in themselves, to help young men and women see themselves as strong, to promote courageous attempts and celebrate even the tiniest success, and to help our families understand that confidence is one of the most important factors in success and fulfilling their dreams.

    Courage - To encourage, promote and celebrate bravery, to help students and families find the strength to pursue their dreams, goals and wishes and to reward baby steps and risks over perfection.

DAWN ROSA MILLER | President, Aritistic Director

Originally from NJ, Miss Dawn moved to Bluffton in 2002 after graduating from Clemson University, and has owned the Bluffton School of Dance since March 2003.  Miss Dawn grew up as a “competition kid” at In the Spotlight in Waldwick, NJ. She was also a member of the nationally ranked Don Bosco Pom Squad and the Clemson Rally Cats. Locally, she choreographs and performs for the May River Theatre and has won numerous awards for her choreography with the Bluffton School of Dance Company. She recently was named T"remaine Teacher of the Year.".Dawn considers her position as the President and Artistic Director of the Bluffton School of Dance and the Director of the Bluffton School of Dance Company her most rewarding accomplishment in her dance career and looks forward to many more years of sharing her passion for dance with her students!

LAUREN ROGERS HOPKINS | Studio Director/Performance Program Director/Tap Crew Coach 

Lauren Rogers Hopkins has her B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University. She trained for many years in New York and North Carolina. In New York she was tap assistant to Germaine Salsberg. She taught with and for Germaine at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She was also a part of Germaine's tap group, Les Femmes. They performed around NYC at tap festivals, including Tradition In Tap. Lauren is also a member of the Actor's Equity Association and has performed professionally for many years. Some of her favorite Regional credits are Jennyanydots in CATS, Sarah in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Tammy in HAIRSPRAY, and Silly Girl in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, just to name a few. Some of her choreography credits include, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE MUSIC MAN, PETER PAN, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, MULAN, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Lauren is the Studio Director at Bluffton School of Dance. She also teaches jazz, all levels in tap and choreographs for the Company.

 

 

Kimberly "Kimmi" Reigert | Instructor/Local Performance Group Coach

Kimberly "Kimmi" Reigert started dancing as most little ones do at the age of three. Growing up in NJ she trained in many local dance studios throughout the tri-state area including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She found her long time home at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Dumont, NJ. She started teaching after high school with them and stayed with that studio for twelve years After moving to PA, Kimmi started training in Ballroom and began teaching with Let's Dance Studios and Step By Step Studio in Scranton. Her proudest moment as a dancer was being asked to perform for a mini competition on the "Dancing With the Stars" Tour stage with her fellow dance teachers at Let's Dance. Her proudest moment as a teacher is seeing her little ones leave the studio with smiles on their faces and the love for dance as she has when she was that age.

MEG EBERLY | Ballet Mistress

Meg Eberly - Meg Eberly, originally from Dallas, Texas, trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts under such distinguished teachers as Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Nina Danilova. She attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and the Hungarian National Ballet School in Budapest, Hungary. She went on to dance for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and North Carolina Dance Theatre, performing both classical and contemporary ballets. After retiring from professional ballet, Meg attended the University of Pittsburgh, receiving an accounting degree, and later became a certified professional accountant. Today, Meg divides her time between a finance position at Disney, teaching the amazing students at Bluffton School of Dance and raising two wonderful children.

 

Rebecca Rowe | OFFICE MANAGER

Rebecca Rowe from Bluffton grew up dancing at BSOD. She has a B.A. In Corporate Communications and a Minor in Dance from The College of Charleston. Staring out in ballet she grew to love all variations of dance including jazz, hip-hop, and modern. Rebecca has worked many year in customer service and sales while also recently starting to teach dance again.

Alexys "Lexy" Hickey | Instructor/Assistant Performance Program Director

Alexys Hickey grew up in Bluffton, SC, where she began her dance training at the Bluffton School of Dance at an early age. She was a part of the BSOD Company where she was technically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern, along with training to teach through the BSOD Assistant and Student Teacher programs. She also traveled to different dance conventions and competitions that offered classes taught by some of the most well known dancers in the industry. While she was in high school she was invited to join the Tremaine Performance Company that allowed her to travel across the country to assist some of the most admired teachers at Tremaine Dance Conventions. After she graduated from high school she went on to study Dance at Winthrop University where she broadened her knowledge of modern dance and was also involved in student choreography showcases. She will continue her college studies at the University of South Carolina Beaufort in the Fall of 2016. Now that Alexys is back home she is very excited to be sharing her passion for dance in the studio where she grew up!

 

Morgan Johnston | Instructor/Acro Crew Coach

Morgan Johnston began gymnastics at age of 5 and began dancing at the age of 7 when she enrolled in the Dolores Werner Performing Arts Studio, located in Tucker, Georgia. For the next 15 years she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and acrobatics. She also competed and won multiple awards at Starpower International Talent Competitions, Showstopper American Dance Championships, and Star Systems National Talent Competitions. She graduated from Berry College where she minored in Dance. She was a member of the Berry College Dance Troupe as well as a member of the Vikettes, the Berry College dance team. During her dance career at Berry, she was awarded the Dancer's Choice Award for Best Choreography in 2012, Dancer's Choice Award for Best Female Performer in 2013, and Adjudicators Choice Award for Best Veteran Choreography in 2014. Since moving to Bluffton, she has choreographed for the May River Theatre and loves teaching at BSOD. She has a huge passion for dance and is so thankful to continue her love of it by teaching and sharing her passion with her wonderful students!

 

JESSICA ZSAMAR | IInstructor/Substitute

Jessica West, originally from Pennsylvania, has been studying dance since childhood.  Before moving to South Carolina, she received a Bachelor’s of Art in Dance from Point Park University. 

Jessica is trained in the techniques of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern.  Most recently, she has completed a Masters in the Art of Education through the University of South Carolina.  Jessica finds fulfillment in nurturing the spirits of dancers both young and old.

Erin Demers | Substitute/Guest Instructor

Erin Demers began dancing at the age of six in Columbia, South Carolina. She has been an industry teacher and choreographer for fourteen years. Erin has traveled all over the Southeastern United States as a teacher, choreographer, and judge. Erin has had the good fortune to train with Dance World Inc., Jessica Dominey School of Dance, Beaufort Academy of Dance, The Columbia City Ballet, The University of South Carolina, Hilton Head Dance School, and Madeleine Walker Coastal Ballet, as well as various teachers on the convention circuit. She will always consider herself a student first and teacher second.
Erin has won many awards on the competition and convention circuit including scholarships and choreography awards both as a dancer and a teacher. She has had multiple past students become Tremaine Dancer Of The Year with Tremaine Dance Competition. Erin has choreographed for Georgia Southern University and for the Georgia Southern University Pagaent. She has directed several competitive studio companies including running her own dance school and company with two-hundred plus students. Erin began touring and judging with Inspire National Dance Competition in 2015 and was given the honor of holding the title of head judge in 2016. She has joined the staff of several other competitions as an adjudicator and convention-style teacher. She was the 2013 recipient of the Marjorie Perry Spirit Award with Dancemakers Inc., an award bestowed upon a teacher whose character exemplifies dedication and love to teaching and educating dancers. Erin's passions include children and dance. Erin hopes to dance as long as she can and teach even longer. She will always be a student and always continue learning so she can be the best teacher she can be. Teaching dance is a dream since she took her first class at age six. Erin is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina.

HEATHER CAHOON | Substitute/Guest Instructor

Heather Leigh Cahoon was born in TX, and at the age of six after relocating to SC, she began her ballet training with John and Karena-Brock Carlyle (formerly with ABT) at Hilton Head Dance Theater. Throughout her high school years, she trained in various locations around the country including: Orlando Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Kaatsbaan Summer Intensive, and American Ballet Theater's summer intensive in California. Her professional career began in Salzburg, Austria at the Salzburger Landestheatre with the touring production of Tchaikovsky. Following that Miss Heather spent a season with the Israel Ballet, based in Tel Aviv Israel. She has recently returned from Gyor, Hungary where she spent her latest dancing season with a small Hungarian company. She has trained with artists such as Ted Kivitt (ABT), Cynthia Gregory (ABT), Fernando Bujones (ABT), Martine Van Hamel (ABT), Patricia McBride (NYCB), Bettijane Sills (NYCB), and Peter Breuer (ABT guest artist, and company director of Salzburger Landestheater).

 

Julie - Instructor, A'Nya - Student Instructor
Leslee - Instructor, Maceo - Instructor/HipHop Crew Coach


CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR PHOTOS | WANT TO READ TESTIMONIALS? CLICK HERE

 

 

123 Persimmon Street Bluffton, SC 29910 • blufftonschoolofdance@gmail.com