Ballet Spartanburg is offering FREE West African dance classes to the community. This program 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.

The classes are normally large classes. Due to COVID-19 and the ongoing health pandemic, this community outreach class will follow the Ballet Spartanburg COVID-19 protocol. Class size is limited and masks/face coverings will be required.

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.

LOCATION: Ballet Spartanburg

DAY/TIME: Tuesdays 6-7PM
(Start date TBD)

AGE: 2-80


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




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Ballet Spartanburg

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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