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The Sallie B. Howard Dance Department is a competitive dance program, training 2nd – 12th grade students in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics. Along with participating in national dance competitions, SBH dancers have had the opportunity to perform with Chuck Davis, the Carolina Ballet, and tour with Sunjai from the hit T.V. show “Bring It.”

Our students have been accepted into high school programs at the UNC School of the Arts and the Mississippi School of the Arts. Alumni of the program have also gone on to dance on college teams and be accepted into pre-professional programs, such as the AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

The Sallie B. Howard Dance program produces well-rounded, confident, and capable dancers. Graduates will be skilled and trained in ballet, jazz, and modern technique. They will be proficient in improvisation, choreography, and have a basic understanding of dance history.

Graduates will also have a professional resume, headshot, and dance reel produced their senior year to assist them in company auditions and college applications. The product of the program will be that all students are prepared for any professional or college audition of their choosing. The evidence of their success will be their acceptance into these establishments.

(Grades 2-8)

Students auditioning to major in Dance must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Splits: Right, Left, and Center(straddle)
  • Backbend from standing position and return to standing position from the backbend.
  • Cartwheel
  • Short combination showing coordination, memory, basic strength/flexibility, and stage presence.​

Students auditioning must show personality (CANNOT BE SHY), excitement, work ethic, perseverance, and basic dance skill.

View the 2022-2023 Dance Handbook here.

The Sallie B. Howard Dance Program is led by Stefano Micciche and Shawna Bowden.

Contact: Stefano Micciche (; Shawna Bowden ( – 252-293-4150

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