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Bonnie Boiter-Jolley

Bonnie Boiter-Jolley began her ballet training at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance before attending the North Carolina School of the Arts as a scholarship student. There she studied with Melissa Hayden, Kee Juan Han and Warren Conover among others. Bonnie competed at the Youth America Grande Prix at Regional and National levels and studied 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 USC, Bonnie had the privilege of performing as a principal dancer in numerous Balanchine ballets including Agon, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Who Cares?, and Apollo, as well as in works by Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Lyla York, and Alan Hineline and travelled with the company to the American College Dance Festival. 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 in South Carolina before 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 has over a decade of experience in dance education. She is the Director of Ballet at the Columbia City Jazz Conservatory under the leadership of Choreographer and Master Teacher Dale Lam where she has been on faculty since 2011. Bonnie has appeared in local theatre productions “Songs for a New World” at Workshop Theatre and “the Great Gatsby” at Trustus Theatre. Bonnie joined the Columbia City Ballet in 2011, was promoted to Soloist in 2013 and Principal Dancer in 2018. Some of her favorite roles while at CCB have been Myrtha in “Giselle,” The Dew Drop Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker,”  and Jenny Horne in “Emannuel,” and Soloist in While My Guitar Gently Weeps from “Beatles the Ballet.” The latter two roles having been created on the Dancer. In 2019 Bonnie co-founded the Columbia Summer Repertory Dance Company, an organization that strives to provide artistic community and employment for professional dancers and choreographers in the Columbia area during the summer months. The 2020/2021 season will be Bonnie’s tenth with Columbia City Ballet and her third as Principal Dancer.