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

Bonnie Boiter-Jolley

Bonnie is a Columbia, South Carolina native. She began her ballet training at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance before going on to be a scholarship student at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). While at NCSA, she studied with Melissa Hayden, Kee Juan Han and Warren Conover among many others. Bonnie competed at the Youth America Grand Prix at regional and national levels and spent summers studying at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina with degrees in Dance Performance and Choreography and Political Science. While at UofSC, Bonnie had the privilege of performing in numerous Balanchine ballets including Agon, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Who Cares? and Apollo. She has performed in Italy under the direction of Anna Marie Holmes and the Czech Republic and in the Summer Stage Series in New York City.

Bonnie spent a season dancing with Wideman Davis Dance Company while finishing her degrees and subsequently moving to Seattle, Washington where she joined Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theatre. Bonnie has attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s teacher training and is the Director of Ballet at the Columbia City Jazz Conservatory where has been on faculty since 2011. Bonnie joined the Columbia City Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Soloist two years later. She is beginning her ninth season with Columbia City Ballet and her third as a Principal Dancer.