Meet Our Founder

Angela Baker

 

DanceCarolina was founded in May 2005 in Mt. Pleasant, SC by Angela R. Baker. “Miss Angie” lives in James Island with her husband Matt, and their three athletic and energetic sons.Angie

Miss Angie has over 25 years of teaching experience, is a lifelong learner, and is known for her exciting performance quality, class enthusiasm, and strong classical background. She is certified to teach Ballet & Tap by DanceMasters of America, and is well-studied & qualified in almost every classical and contemporary style. She has received the ADCC Studio Excellence Award, Best of Mt Pleasant, Best of Charleston, the Mt Pleasant Christmas Parade (dance/cheer float), and countless choreography & judges’ choice awards. While her students have won countless top scores, regional titles, and national placements, her greatest accomplishment to-date is the development of the FEELanthropi Project, where students use dance as community outreach for the elderly, Parkinson’s community, memory care patients, dancers with learning difficulties and special needs, and other unlikely dancers.

Before opening her studio 12 years ago, she taught for several acclaimed studios in the Columbia & Charleston areas, and has since been retained for master classes & choreography by the likes of Wando High School, Cardinal Newman High School, and DanceMasters of America regional convention. She was the original organizer of Columbia’s “Day of Dance,” bringing instructors from the most professional dance organizations in SC together to teach local students. She attends master classes & conventions several times a year to maintain her continuing education in the field – in addition to studying alongside her students, she has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, the Capezio ACE Awards, and DanceLife Retreat Center; and has studied teaching concepts with the likes of Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Denise Wall, Judi Rice, David Howard, Luigi, and other contemporary legends of dance. She has developed a completely unique four-year syllabus for Pre-Beginners, age 2-6.

Miss Angie was an award-winning and nationally recognized competitive dancer in her youth. In addition to studio training, she attended the USC Summer Dance Consortium, Duke’s TIP Program, as well as other master classes, summer enrichment programs, and national conventions and competitions throughout her studies.

Angie ActionMiss Angie continued her training with Robert Ivey, department head of the dance program at the College of Charleston, where she earned a B.A. in Arts Management and minors in Dance and Biology in 1998 from the Honors College. She performed with the Robert Ivey Ballet, the CofC Cougarettes dance team, and the Dance Ensemble, and was a principal soloist of the Charleston Dance Company. She interned with and was later employed by Spoleto Festival USA, where she served as Merchandising Coordinator, Marketing Assistant, and liaison to international guest dancers.

Miss Angie maintains an “open door” policy of communication with her staff, dancers & parents, and the community. Please feel free to contact her at angie@dancecarolina.com.