About Us

Dance Theatre of Columbia is a local non-profit, children’s dance production company located in Northeast Columbia. Bailey Fine Arts dance studio is home base for Dance Theatre of Columbia and has been since its beginning in 1992.

Every year Dance Theatre of Columbia presents a production to benefit a chosen children’s charity as its gift to the community. Artistic Director, Cari Kirkland, works with dancers of all ages to create, choreograph and execute magical performances to entertain audiences while benefiting local charities.

Through participation in DTC, dance students have the opportunity to:

~Express themselves through creative dance and movement outside of the typical dance studio regimen.
~Work together with other dancers towards common goals.
~Practice good physical fitness habits for life.
~Serve the community through charitable contributions.
~Promote the arts in the greater Columbia area.

Dance Theatre of Columbia is recognized by the IRS and the South Carolina Office of Secretary of State as a 501 (c)(3) non-profitable charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible, to the extent permitted by law.

2022-2023 DTC Board of Directors

President: Bill Kirkland
Vice President: TBD
Treasurer: Todd Weiss
Secretary: Laura Dean
Artistic Director: Cari Kirkland

Chris Brown
Amy Cavanna
Katie Drafts
Chevis Fogarty
Kelli Hall
Linda Lee
Jennifer Richter

DTC was proud to present Alice In Wonderland at Cottingham Theatre in February 2023

$4,000 in Proceeds from the 2023 performances went to support the work of Homeless No More, a nonprofit organization serving the needs of our community. For more information on their mission please check out their website and mission statement below.


Homeless No More is a nonprofit organization that believes family homelessness is entirely solvable. Our spectrum of care – from emergency services to transitional and affordable housing – keeps each family together and meets their needs at the right time with the right services. By providing the support to move each family toward a permanent, self-sufficient solution, we can eradicate family homelessness and help parents and their children achieve lasting independence.

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