The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2014 summer programs and the 2014/2015 academic high school year until January 8, 2014.

The public residential high school serves students state-wide and is located in Greenville. It offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in five arts areas: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Summer programs are offered in each of the art areas.

Summer programming includes two-week programs in creative writing, drama, music or visual arts for rising 9th and 10th graders, and a five-week program in ballet and modern dance for rising 7th through 12th graders.

This year, the school is offering an online application option via the school website, Application materials are available online under “Admissions.” All applications must be postmarked by Jan. 8, 2014.

“Art Matters” information sessions will be scheduled. Visit for more information or call 864-282-3713.

The Parris Island Marine Corp Band will headline the Third Annual Lowcountry International Food and Arts Festival. The event is scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5 in downtown Walterboro.

The Japanese movie “Quill” will be shown, free of charge, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 4 in Room 111 of the University of South Carolina’s Walterboro campus building.

Music and art from around the world will be on display Oct. 5 in the City Parking Lot, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Entertainment will include the TAIKO traditional Japanese drumming group, the South Carolina State University Ujimaa African dancers and other acts, including the Parris Island Marine Band.

The festival is presented by the Lowcountry International Society, a nonprofit that promotes international cultures and traditions in the Lowcouuntry. For more information, call 843-539-6163.

Moscow Ballet will conduct open auditions for its production of “The Nutcracker” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, for children 7-9, and at 3 p.m. that day for children 10-16. Auditions will be held at Summerville Civic Ballet, 975 Bacons Bridge Road.

Sixty dancers will be selected to perform a variety of roles. The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec 26 at the North Charleston Perfoming Arts Center.

Applicants must have at least one year of ballet training. They should dress in dance attire and may bring pointe shoes. Call 843-478-1811 for more information. Register and register at

Seven dancers from the Charleston area have qualified to represent the United States at the World Show Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, Nov. 25-30, 2013.

Hanna Cooke of Hanahan; Alejandra Lazo, Leslie Lemus, Jamie McFarland and Kiley Thompson of Goose Creek; Madison Robertson of Ravenel; and Brianna Heffner of Charleston are the qualifiers. All are members of SC Movin’ on Dance Company and attend classes at Berkeley County School of Performing Arts and West Ashley School of Performing Arts. At the competition, they will be performing in the Junior Show Dance, small group division.

Donations to help cover travel expenses are welcomed. Contact Darlene Schrader, artistic director of SC Movin’ on Dance Company, at 843-817-3329 or

For more information on the competition, visit

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