JADCO Contemporary Dance Company is a performance based ballet, jazz and modern company which prides itself on producing and staging original productions with original live music. JADCO is known for its eclectic and experimental works meshing all genres of dance with theatre, opera and musical theatre. 


The company is supported by three apprenticeship groups: White (starting at age 7), Blue, and Royal Divisions. Dancers are auditioned and formally invited each spring. 


For more information on how to become a member of JADCO or in one of our apprenticeship programs, please contact us at 304-345-5141 or email us at januarys@suddenlink.net to arrange for a consultation.

Featured below are highlights from JADCO's current and past performances, including information on school field trips to 2020's upcoming performance of Chasing Butterflies.

March 26th & 27th, 2020

Chasing Butterflies

Announcing JADCO Contemporary Dance Company's 2020 performance of Chasing Butterflies at the Charleston Culture Center Theatre, with six school performances on March 26th & 27th. Evening showtimes are 7:30 PM on March 26th, and 7:30 PM on March 27th with a gala reception to follow.


Feel the Rain

written & Directed bY January Wolfe

Book your school's best

field trip of the year! 


Feel the Rain is an original story written for the stage by JADCO Contemporary Dance Company's Artistic Director, January Wolfe. The show is a period piece set in the 1940's, with authentic period costuming playfully contrasted by video imagery and a contemporary soundtrack.

A poignant, uplifting, and beautiful feel-good show, Feel the Rain will have your students humming and singing along. They'll gain a renewed appreciation for what it means to reach for your dreams, and for the importance of sharing and giving back.


Performance time is one hour. Ticket price is $7 per student; free admittance for chaperones. Student ticket price includes school visit from the author with lecture and animation course.


Field trips may be coupled with a tour of the state museum or the state capitol campus. To purchase tickets or ask about financial aid for attendance or transportation, call us at 304-345-5141 or send an email to january@januarywolfe.com.


Second Sara

See what teachers say about our last show, "Second Sara"—

"Second Sara is an enchanting show that captures a familiar feeling to all students. Using music and dance, the show takes students through a myriad of emotions, and in the end unveils the true nature of the human spirit." 

- Ami Palmer, Kindergarten Teacher, Clendenin Elementary School

“Second Sara is not only entertaining, but completely relevant to school-age students because the content involves several topics surrounding friendship, including bullying. Such an awesome conversation starter!”

- Shannon Cannon, John Adams Middle School

An original ballet based on the book Second Sara by January Wolfe. January is a juried artist at Tamarack, West Virginia's premier artisan retailer, with the book.

Second Sara is a story about friendship and betrayal, love and loss.

When does silence become bullying?

Is there a difference?

Available for purchase at Tamarack. Second Sara was juried in by other writers and artists as one of the best in WV!

2014 - 2015

“Creativity enthusiasts with a penchant for local talent can have it all - a great story, art, music, dance - in this ballet based on the latest children’s book by Charleston author January Wolfe."

2012 - 2013

Chasing Butterflies: Captured

“Under the light of the full moon, Capable and her best friend Bucket set off for high adventures. Overcoming obstacle after obstacle, the two climb to the top of Eagle’s Point, where Capable is convinced she will find her beloved butterfly, Violet.”

2010 - 2011

Meeting Violet

Meeting Violet

“When a pretty young girl called Capable meets a beautiful Gossamer-Winged Butterfly named Violet, a magical adventure follows as the two join forces to find the secret hidden deep within Aunt Pegasy’s Garden.”

2005 - 2007

The Little Matchgirl

The Little Matchgirl was a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s famous story. It was a contemporary rock opera set to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, told through narrative and movement.


The performance was directed and choreographed each year by January Wolfe and Dorothea Hereford, with guest choreography by Heather Taylor, Lorien McDavid and Maggie Bryan. 

2002 - 2009

Thistledowne Faeries

The Thistledowne Faeries was an original ballet written by Daniel Kehde, fully orchestrated and scored by Mark Scarpelli, and directed by January Wolfe and Jamie Anderson. It was performed each Spring between 2002 and 2009.

Give your child the gift of dance -
Poise • Grace • Confidence • Teamwork
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