The Charleston Dance Alliance and Dancefx are teaming up to host the inaugural Charleston Dance Festival. "Charleston has a festival for every other type of performance-based art, so we feel like this is the next step for the dance community," says festival organizer Sara Bennett. The festival includes nightly performances at the Memminger Auditorium including a Hip-Hop Battle and an Improv Jam featuring Entropy Ensemble. Wrapping up the week, a Performance Showcase will take place at the Sottile Theatre on Sept. 15. In addition, there will be more than 15 master classes taught by professional dancers from the Washington Ballet, Columbia City Jazz, the Charleston Ballet Theatre, and Dancefx Charleston, among others. "Most of these instructors are close friends, so we trust the impact they are going to have on this festival and Charleston's dance community," Bennett says. "So far, people have been very supportive of the event. I think the dance community is really looking for more right now, so we're expecting a great festival."