Ballet Spartanburg offers FREE West African dance classes to the community. 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. 

All participants follow the Ballet Spartanburg COVID-19 protocol. Masks are OPTIONAL but not mandated at this time. However, social distancing is recommended. Individuals are to arrive 5 minutes before class and will enter the building when the instructor opens the door. 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: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM. Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2022

AGE: 2-80


African American Woman Playing the Drums.

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. 

The happiness in dancing on stage is reflected in this precious little dancer's eyes and body.  Arms open, lights aglow, feet planted firmly on the stage, basking joyfully from a successful performance. This is the feeling we have as we anticipate returning to the stage this October with the premiere of Carlos Agudelo's, The Wizard of Oz. Ballet Spartanburg and its Board of Trustees and staff will monitor and adjust all health and safety precautions as directed by the CDC. We are ready to dance. We are ready to see our audience. We are ready.

Thank you for your continued love and support for 55 years. Onto our 56th season we go! Now follow the yellow brick road and grab your SEASON TICKETS TODAY!

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