John Gardner

John Gardner

John Gardner

John Gardner started dancing at the age of eleven at Greensboro Performing Arts in North Carolina. After graduating high school, he studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for two years on the male scholarship program where he studied under Marcia Dale Weary, Nicolas Ade, and Darla Hoover. He has a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.

John has performed in the roles of Cavalier, Snow King, and Drosselmeyer in Ethan Stiefel’s “The Nutcracker”, and Siegfried in Act 2 of “Swan Lake” with GPA. Additional performances include Motel in “Tradition”, a ballet adaptation of “Fiddler on the Roof”, Black Swan Pas de Deux in Alexei Kremnev's “Carnival of the Animals", and Prince Desire in “Sleeping Beauty”. He has guested in several ballets along the East Coast, and especially in the Carolinas where the people sound like home. His passions are storytelling and acting. He loves it when ballet enables him to do both.



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Ballet Spartanburg

Ballet Spartanburg Receives 2018
Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award

Ballet Spartanburg has received the 2018 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award. This award is given each year by the South Carolina Arts Commission to recognize exemplary artists and arts organizations for the State of South Carolina. “Each recipient of these Verner Awards is an outstanding ambassador for our state and contributes greatly not just to the arts community, but the overall quality of life.  As the Arts Commission nears completion of its 50th anniversary celebration, we are honored to recognize organizations and individuals who live out the service, commitment and passion that helped the arts here thrive throughout the last half century." S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz.

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