Charles E. Scheland (Alexandria, VA) received his early training in Germany and Austria. He relocated to Alexandria in 2014 and danced for Helen Hayes' Youth Dance Ensemble Company at Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC until June of 2016. During that time he also was a dancer with the Choreographers' Collaboration Project company, and performed works by Elana Anderson and many others.
Charles attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA in Dance program, double majoring in Dance and Economics, and danced in school concerts, outreach touring, and various events including the Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center (2017 and 2018), performing choreography by Alvin Ailey, Karen Arcenaux, Robert Battle, Adam Barruch, Clifton Brown, Tina Bush, Amy Hall, Tracy Inman, Jessica Lang, Levi Marsman, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, and Henning Rübsam. He graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in both Dance and Economics.
He supplemented his training with Intensives at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Performing Arts, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's 45 Degrees Project, Jessica Lang Dance, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Houston MetDance, and the Contemporary Program of the School at Jacob’s Pillow. At these various intensives he has learned and performed repertory by Joe Celej, Nicole Clark-Springer, Marguerite Donlon, Jae Man Joo, Bill T. Jones, Jessica Lang, Milton Myers, Paul Taylor, and others.
Professionally, Charles dances for Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and has danced with RIOULT Dance NY, Michael Mao Dance, Alison Cook-Beatty Dance, Vertical Shadows Dance Company, Choreographer’s Collaboration Project, and Awaken Dance Theater, where he also served as company manager. Charles has also been a guest artist with Princeton Dance Theater and New England Dance Theater.
Charles has experience teaching dance classes of many styles including ballet, modern, Horton, jazz, and somatic studies. He has worked as a demonstrator for Milton Myers domestically and internationally and on faculty at the School at Jacob's Pillow. He also has administrative experience from serving as the Joy of Motion Camp Manager and as the student worker for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, helping to coordinate BFA functions and admissions. He is on staff at Dance ICONS, the International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, as the Research Associate.
When not dancing, Charles hosts and produces a podcast on The Nerd Party network called Throwback Paperback. He also can be found knitting, in the studio, on the couch, or on the subway.
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The link below will take you to a dance film featuring Charles filmed by Hayim Heron.