Bonnie Boiter-Jolley was raised in Columbia and attended high school on full scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She spent summers studying at the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive in New York City, Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College at the University of SC with degrees in dance performance and choreography and political science. She has been lucky enough to perform in Italy and the Czech Republic and with Wideman Davis Dance at the summer stage series in New York City. After graduating, Bonnie spent one season dancing with Donald Byrd at Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, Washington. She just completed her second season with the Columbia City Ballet and is the Company Ballet Instructor for the Columbia City Jazz Company as well as a co-founder of the Columbia Summer Repertory Company. Bonnie also enjoys photography and writing and loves that Jasper provides a home for all of the children of the arts in Columbia. Her theme song is “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston.