Ballet Spartanburg is offering FREE West African dance classes to the community. We are so very grateful to JM Smith Foundation for sponsoring this community dance class January through June, 2021. This class is open to anyone who would like to learn about the history of African Dance, the culture, the many variations of African Dance, all while enjoying movement, exercise and freedom of spirit and mind. Taught by Angela Alderson, an exceptional African Dance instructor who has taught this dance class for the past two years with Page Rogers, an African Drummer, this class is open to all ages.

This community class is normally a very large classes! However, due to COVID-19 and the ongoing health pandemic, we are limiting the class to 12 dancers. To participate, please register and email to We will accept the first 12 individuals to register to participate. We will hold additional registrations as a waiting list. The instructor will email those who do not participate two weeks in a row, that we will accept new individuals to dance if the individual is/cannot attend. We ask that each individual is thoughtful about attending and will email the instructor should there be conflicts. This class will run through June.

All participants follow the Ballet Spartanburg COVID-19 protocol. Masks over noses are required as well as social distancing in the class. Individuals are to arrive 5 minutes before class and will enter the building when the instructor opens the door to take temperatures before entering. COVID-19 waivers must be signed and on file with registration in the office.

COVID-19 waivers for both Ballet Spartanburg and the Chapman Cultural Center will be filled out before class. Health and safety are our top priorities while engaging our community back into this class. Click here for The African Dance Class Registration form. Chapman Cultural Center COVID Waiver for African Dance and Ballet Spartanburg COVID-19 Waiver.

LOCATION: Ballet Spartanburg

DAY/TIME: Beginning January 19th, 2021-Tuesdays 6-7PM

AGE: 2-80


Taught by Dance Instructor, Angela Alderson and Accompaniment Drummer, Page Rogers


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Education. Outreach. Performance.

The joyful picture above of children from Sidewalk Hope, an inner city ministry in Spartanburg, captures the essence and innocence of joy, hope, and the connections that are created when we dance.  Sidewalk Hope participated in the 2018 So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg! community event, a fundraiser in partnership with 10 local organizations. The picture above reflects opportunity, joy, happiness, dance and above all, who we are as an organization: education, outreach and performance.

This year is Ballet Spartanburg's 55th season in your community. Throughout this pandemic, we have remained committed to offering to our community the services of our mission, education, outreach and performance, to the best of our ability in keeping with the guidelines of the CDC and DHEC. We have all seen a dramatic change in our world, how we live, and how we are able to experience the arts. We are resilient and prepared to face a tough and challenging season. Your support is needed now more than ever. 

Our community's words of encouragement, notes, letters, emails, donations and gifts continue to inspire us each day. Contributions allow us to continue creating new choreography, engage in new outreach programs such as our new partnership with the Leap of Dance Academy in Nigeria, Africa, and our commitment to offering the highest quality dance education in our Center for Dance Education.

We look forward to 2021 when our dancers can return safely to the stage and share the beauty of dance. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and please, stay connected. Stay safe and take care of others.

With immense gratitude-Ballet Spartanburg


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