South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company was originally founded by Artistic Director Miriam Barbosa, joined by President Marvin Chernoff and Vice President Chuck LaMark, since 2007 as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation.
The company’s objective is to inspire students and motivate the community to experience the art of contemporary dance. The company will perform a versatile repertoire of innovative contemporary works, including collaborative works with visual artists and musicians in the US and abroad. Programs will include works from the Martha Graham Dance Company and other contemporary choreographers, as well as original choreography by Miriam Barbosa.
The presence of a contemporary dance company in the community will provide an excellent resource for education and outreach. Lecture demonstrations will be given at local schools twice a year in conjunction with each program in order to enrich the knowledge and appreciation of art, music and dance among students and members of the community.
To provide artistic excellence performances to diverse audiences of the South and to educate and nurture young dancers in the Midlands and greater Columbia area by creating programs that offer professional contemporary dance training and arts appreciation.
SC Contemporary Dance Company presents performances of the highest artistic excellence two to three times per year providing a structured environment in which professional dancers will project creative expression, dance technique, musicality and artistry to diverse audiences enriching their knowledge of dance as an art form. In addition, the SC School of Contemporary Dance, a division of SCCDC will have the opportunity to participate in performances to empowering their dance education. The school and company will integrate to provide educational programs and outreach performances in the community. After completing their dance education, talented advanced students will be invited to join the company as a profession.