Douglas Smoak, the founder of the brand new Summerville Civic Ballet, is modeling his company’s outlook off of a license plate that Robert Ivey used to have. It said, spelling adjusted, “You can dance too.” While based in Flowertown, the SCB doesn’t just want to support its own dancers, who range in age from 9 up; it wants to help build the Charleston area’s performing arts community. “If you have a hip-hop troupe that wants to come and perform, I’d love to bring them into the community and give them the opportunity to dance, not just the people that I teach,” Smoak says. I want to bring the community together.”
He’s a contemporary dancer who was taught by Robert and who danced professionally for Nevada Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet Eddy Toussaint. His wife Lori Hull, the company’s co-founder, has done a lot of Fosse stuff, and they’re taking both of their backgrounds to bring an entertainment factor to the local dance scene.
For the time being, SCB is working out of the Magnolia Dance Company. Their first performance takes place Sat. Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Oktoberfest at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church (11001 Dorchester Road).
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