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A Conversation About W.Va.'s Dance Company; One of the Oldest in America

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The Charleston Ballet

The Charleston Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in America.


In a new documentary directed by company member and three time Emmy Award winner, Deborah Novak, dancers, both seasoned and new, share the story of the ballet and its founder, Andre Van Damme.



Gillian Brooks sat down with Kim Pauley, Artistic Director and CEO of the Charleston Ballet to talk about the history of the company and remember its founder.

Highlights from the Q&A:


  • Andre Van Damme’s past, struggles and ambitions

  •  How the documentary has affected the studio

  • The future of the company


"Andre Van Damme and The Story of the Charleston Ballet" will premiere on West Virginia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,  and again on Saturday June 16 at 9 p.m.


Gillian is a Sophmore at West Virginia University where she studies Broadcast Journalism with a dual minor in Dance and Geography. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gillian knows how important being informed is in a big city. This is what has inspired her to persue a career in News.

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