South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Abby McDowell

Abby began her formal training at the School of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet Academy. At age seventeen, Abby became an Apprentice with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. In her years with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Abby was given the opportunity to perform George Balanchine’s The Four TemperamentsA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Divertimento No. 15 and Salvatore Aiello’s Nutcracker.

After attending the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Summer Program on a Southeast Regional Ballet Association Scholarship, Abby was awarded full scholarship to study in the Professional Division of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. There, she performed in productions of The Sleeping Beauty and Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. Abby then went on to dance for Atlanta Ballet as a Fellowship Dancer and later received a company position at The Georgia Ballet where she performed many Soloist and Principal roles.

While with The Georgia Ballet, Abby developed a passion for teaching and had the pleasure of training students at The Georgia Ballet School, Ballet Institute of Atlanta and Academy of Ballet in Norcross, GA.

This is her second year as a Soloist with Columbia City Ballet.