Caroline Hoadley


SCAD Designations

SCAC Verified Teaching Artist

Oconee, SC


  • Media Arts
  • Dance
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Artist Bio

A life long dancer raised in a family of musicians and dancers/dance teachers, I have continued training and performing in both mastered and new genres. Dancing at UofSC with Susan Anderson and at Northwestern U and UNLV as well as at private studios in New York City, notably Luigi and American Dance Machine. I performed with USC Dance Co and Columbian Dance Theatre as well as with the Palmetto State Cloggers at the Grande Ole Opry and Worlds Fair. My dance troupe Walhalla Bavarian Dancers is in its 32nd year of performing statewide at Oktoberfests and International Festivals, and I am still performing.

After having taught at many studios, USC Continuing Ed and Clemson U Performing Arts Dept. I also directed my own studio for 12 years, my students winning competitions at the national level. As an author, I have published “Dance Integration 101 – Natural Connections for Easy Integration”, “Designing Dancers”, “If You Can Walk, You Can Dance- a Gentleman’s Fake Book for Social Dancing”, “Carolina Shag- the Spirit of Southern Social Dance” and in June 2024 “Stompin’ Through Time – Appalachian Clogging and Square Dancing in Oconee County, SC”.

I am currently promoting residencies in K-12 in both skill-based and creative-based dance, and mentoring classroom teachers and dance teachers in the possibilities in implementing Dance! I create custom choreography and teach a variety of dance genres. I am a state certified dance educator, holding DEA certification in teaching Beginning, intermediate, and advanced level of multiple genres of dance. I have a Masters from College of Charleston, MTLA, Masters of Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy.

Artist Statement

Coming from a Dance and Music family, I have always been aware of he connections between dance genres and music. I have always studied as many dance forms as I could, and believe that exposure to multiple genres and disciplines is best way for students to grow and explore. In skill-based dance, technical instruction and practice is all-important, while in creative-based dance, imagination rather than skill leads. Beginners need structure and after that, all students need to spread their wings. Performance should be a joy, what small child has not said “Watch me!” Every 2 year old, regardless of background, dances when they hear music… proof that dance is born in everyone, and EVERYONE CAN DANCE!