Fall Schedule

Coming Soon

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance 
will be posting a schedule  as soon as
Charleston County School District
finalizes all schedules .

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!


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

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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"

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“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. "

Former Soloist

- Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson states



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

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

843 -469-2080


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.