843 -469-2080

497 La Mesa Rd
Suite D & E
Mt Pleasant, Charleston County 29464

Photos by Rebecca Roo Turisk, William Long, Bob Matthews , Scott Nillson, Doug Smoak and Lisa Webb.

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Corona  Virus Update 

Now offering thru Zoom 




3:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday 

Classes will be offered to all levels by April 1


Brilliant Ballet for Young Dancers  Test Class

We will be holding a virtual session this Wednesday (March 25) at 3:30. This will be a great way for us to all get comfortable with the software while still sharing our love for ballet! Starting next week we will be working on a fun new project to keep us moving. Be on the look out for my next post with all the information on how to reach our virtual classroom! This class will be multi faceted with beginning regular ballet moves plus other integration with all aspects of art including coloring ,making costumes watching videos together and telling stories ! When you enroll with BAND we will send you a zoom invite to our first meeting this Wednesday if you would like one of your friends from church or school to join you please email us their email address so that we can invite them as well

Classes will be offered to all levels by April 1

Summer Workshop Opportunities
Ballet Boot Camp
Fri, Jul 03
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan
Jul 03, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan, 497 La Mesa Rd suite d & e, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
For those of you who just can't get enough ballet! This program is an additive to your regular training and will keep you in shape prior to summer intensives, conventions, and performances. Classes include ballet, pointe or pre-pointe, variations, etc. No audition required.
Summer Intensive Workshop 2020
Tue, Jul 07
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan
Jul 07, 10:30 AM – Jul 25, 3:30 PM
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan, 497 La Mesa Rd suite d & e, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Select 1 week , 2 week or all three weeks.
Nutcracker Fantasy Land
Mon, Jul 13
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan
Jul 13, 10:30 AM – Jul 17, 1:00 PM
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan, 497 La Mesa Rd suite d & e, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Who says it’s too early to think about Sugarplums dancing in your head? Or Being a soldier fighting a battle with the Mouse King? Its Christmas in July !!!.

Summer Intensive  Workshop 

July 6- 24

Join us at Charleston Ballet Center for Dance for unparalleled dance instruction you won’t find anywhere else. Our recently renovated state-of-the-art studio is fully equipped and designed for all dancing styles, so put on your dancing shoes and sign up for a class with any of our experienced instructors. We look forward to hearing from you!

July 6-24 2020

3 week Intermediate & Advanced

Summer Intensive Workshop

Age 10-18

10:30 am– 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Non-refundable registration fee due at acceptance $150

$350  1 WEEK

$600 2 WEEK

$875 3 WEEK

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Nutcracker Camp

Age 5- 9

Who says it’s too early to think  

about Sugarplums dancing in your head?

Or Being a soldier fighting a battle with the Mouse King?

Its Christmas in  July !!!.

Get Ready for Nutcracker Early Because….

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance

Will be the First Nutcracker

in the newly renovated

Sottile Theatre this Fall!

Let’s Get Excited NOW!!!!!

For Ages 5 —10 

Two Age Groups

Enjoy a morning filled with the magic of the

Nutcracker. Meet Clara, the Snow Queen, Sugarplum Fairy and more … while dancing to all your favorite Nutcracker music. No experience is needed! Our Nutcracker-themed dance camp is a special morning of dance designed for young children.

Monday Jul 13 –Friday July 17

Nutcracker  Fantasy Land

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Monday July 20 — Friday July 24

Nutcracker  Fantasy Land

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For Ages 5 —10 

Two Age Groups



Open Audition will be TBA

Delighted to announce that Charleston Ballet Center for Dance and Coastal Ballet USA will be presenting Coppelia. on Saturday May 23, 2020.  Be on the lookout for that information This production was originally presented by the professional ballet company Charleston Ballet Theatre and choreographed by Jill Eathorne Bahr
The ballet’s story is that of a young and happily betrothed couple, Franz and Swanilda, Doctor Coppélius is putting the finishing touches on Coppélia (The Girl with the Enamel Eyes) after setting her out to dry on the balcony of his house. Coppélia appears to be reading a book. She seems so real that Doctor Coppélius is, himself, almost unaware that she is only a doll. In his loneliness, the fanatical dollmaker has created Coppélia to be his companion and secretly dreams of discovering a way of bringing her to life. It is soon apparent that the couple’s affectionate intentions are threatened by the appearance of a young woman on the balcony of the house of Dr. Coppélius, the madly eccentric toymaker.
See how the story enfolds.... A great comic ballet for all ages.


Who We Are

Don’t Think. Just Dance.

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance is the longest continually running ballet school in the  Lowcountry. It was founded by Don Cantwell over 45 years ago. The comprehensive and challenging curriculum is designed to inspire future dancers of all types, whether aspiring to have professional career or those who simply desire the benefits of quality dance training. The school welcomes students of all ages, abilities, and commitment level.  While we specialize in serious dance training for the student who wishes to pursue a dance career; Charleston Ballet Center for Dance  embraces the importance that everyone should Dance!

The Art of Classical Ballet Technique is truly a refuge from the chaos that now encompasses the 21t century life. The ballet studio is a place of tranquility, sophistication, beauty and manner - and the stage is a place where inspiration and creativity still exists.

We promise attention to detail, depth of knowledge and a  tried and true system of  training "your precious cargo" - YOUR DANCER"  everyday,  

The school has  three spacious, fully equipped studios including state-of-the-art dance flooring.  This facility allows the school to limit class size and offer a varied and expanded curriculum of both classical and contemporary dance styles.

Charleston Ballet  Center for  Dance  students have participated in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).  It is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.

The Artistic Team of Don & Patricia Cantwell and Jill Eathorne Bahr of the Charleston Ballet Center for  Dance  announce the creation of a new regional dance training program “Coastal Ballet USA. The new Coastal Ballet USA, complete with a new regional board, mission and goals, will be led by the artistic team of Don & Patricia Cantwell and Jill Eathorne Bahr will continue to offer educational programs and professional performances.


Meet the Directors

You’re in Great Hands

Leaders see what's possible, can describe the possibilities, and pursue them. The role of leadership is to envision a better future and become the change agent that makes this future possible.

Native Charlestonian Don Cantwell returned from studies in New York in 1967 and formed the Charleston Civic Ballet, the predecessor of the professional company.  He later married Patricia Downs, a ballerina who was discovered at age 13 by the legendary George Balanchine. Patricia taught in the school, danced all of the principal ballerina roles, and conceived the idea of a full-time professional ballet company for Charleston. Don and Patricia were joined by Jill Eathorne Bahr, one of the country’s foremost choreographers in 1987. Her acclaimed ballets are in the repertoires of Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. 

The company garnered and was given the licensing rights to perform the ballets of George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Jose Limon, the only South Carolina Company with this distinction. Although the CBT repertoire was rich with these masterpieces, the guiding forces for this prominent company was the eclectic, diverse creations of Jill Eathorne Bahr. Graduates of our school have gone on to perform with legendary dance companies such as the New York City Ballet.  

These visionary professionals promise to continue to deliver exceptional dance education,performances year after year. 









Get in touch to learn more about our team.

Classes We Offer

Join Our Dance Community

Primary Division

On Your Feet

Pre Ballet Age 5-6 

A Class, Age 7 & 8  

Preschool Division introduces students to the world of dance through music  and movement.  Designed to develop coordination,  musicality and  kinetic awareness.   The social skills, awareness, and  love for the arts  that students develop at CBT will follow them throughout their lives.  A prelude to formal ballet instruction, students will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a learning environment that fosters a love for dance and music. Class begins with warm-up exercises and floor stretches that develop flexibility and posture, followed by standing exercises which may be done at the ballet barre, and traveling steps to encourage development of gross motor skills. Students begin to learn French vocabulary, movement expression, and proper ballet etiquette in a  non-competitive atmosphere. Through this class students will dance to a combination of classical, folk and traditional music

2019-2020 Class Times


Wed 3: 45 - 4:30

Sat 10:15 -11:00

A Class

Wed 4:30 -5:30

Sat 11:00 - 12:00

 A Ballet Dress

Light Blue  leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes  Hair up

Elementary Division

Ages 9 -10

Students will learn the classical ballet vocabulary,  proper placement, flexibility, and  to accomplish correct dance movements.  Students begin , learning the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all ballet steps.  The student moves into beginning centre work, away from the support of the ballet barre. When the student learns the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student's body has become strong enough to accomplish the movements taught, then at the discretion of the Artistic Director, the student moves to the next level  where more intricate steps and combinations are introduced.  Advancement is based on ability, not age. A Jazz/Tap class is also offered as an optional second weekly class for this division!

2X/per week mandatory

Optional jazz     highly suggested. 

2019- 20 B CLASS TIMES

MON 4:30 -5:30

WED 5:30 - 6:30

B Ballet Dress

Burgundy  leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  Hair up.   Black Jazz pants, and  shoes


Let’s Do It

​C1    Upon the discretion of the director

“C2” Age 11-14,

“D” Age 13-18  

Serious students with a high interest  in dance.  These students  are placed by faculty only. Students are expected to enjoy the  challenge and to excel in their career-track  classes.  Often students are Included in the professional productions of CBT. Participation in these classes requires a minimum of 3  classes a week, with  5-7 classes  expected for older students.  No student who takes less than 3 classes per week  will be allowed in pointe classes.  

C CLASS 2019-2020 

Monday 4:30 -6:00

Tuesday 5:00 -6:30

Wed 4:30 -6:30

Thursday y 5:00 -6:30

Fri 5:00 - 6:30

Sat. 10:00 - 11:30

Wed 4:30 -5:30  (Jazz, contemporary - Mandatory)

D CLASS 2019-2020 

Monday 4:30 -7:00

Tuesday 5:00 -6:30

Wed 4:30 -6:30

Thursday y 5:00 -6:30

Fri 5:00 - 6:30

Sat. 10:00 - 11:30

Wed 4:30 -5:30  (Jazz, contemporary - Mandatory)

C/D Ballet Dress

Black  leotard, pink tights,  pink ballet shoes, Hair up. Black Jazz pants, & shoes 

If you have any additional questions about our classes, get in touch and one of our staff members will gladly assist you.




This performing group provides professional performance opportunities to “elite students and aspiring young dancers”. This select group will meet twice a week with a primary focus  training in ballet technique, choreographic study, and the art of performance with unique performance opportunities

such as ‘first pick’ youth roles for the company performances.

It is directed by Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr




  • Rehearsal process and performance experience that complete a dancer's training taking what he/she learns in the studio to the stage.An expansive repertory, ranging from full-length classical ballets to new works.

  • Multiple performance opportunities, including professionally produced stage productions and in-studio performances.

  • Opportunities to work with world class guest artists that join the productions

  • Participate in the Coastal Ballet USA Master Class Series

  • The  School's Policy for tuition or costume fees is "Requests for a refund must be made in writing and documentation from your physician must be submitted within 10 (ten) days of injury/illness"


“I am writing this recommendation to express and endorse the superb quality of training at Charleston Ballet Theatre and Coastal Ballet USA . The students are groomed to be beyond their best with expectations of acquiring a solid foundation in their professional endeavors. I see it as an academy rendering and providing careful instruction for young minds and bodies. This is the place to be for the uttermost refinement in art education and appreciation. The staff and guest faculty are the best at what they bring to the table. I deem this school to be worthy of consideration. Positive and productive work contribute to it’s purpose. "

- Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson states

Former Soloist

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Get to Know Us


that helps train your child,

As your child’s dance teachers

We go into class, we give corrections, we spark inspiration, we build motivation,

we hone in on weaknesses, we highlight strengths, we speak, we command, we demand, we insist, we listen, we hear,

we adapt, we think, we create, we imagine, we ask, we answer.  

.. The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes

and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."

~ Dan Rather








One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.   The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”  – Carl Jung


497 La Mesa Rd
Suite D & E
Mt Pleasant, Charleston County 29464

843 -469-2080

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