Lona Gomez

Lona Gomez

Lona Gomez

Ballet Master

 

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Lona Gomez began her serious ballet studies when she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to train with the Boston Ballet School in 1972. From 1979-1982, she was a member of Boston Ballet II as well as an apprentice with the Boston Ballet Company under its founder and director, the late E. Virginia Williams. In 1982, she joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under the directorship and tutelage of the late, Patricia Wilde where she danced for nine years in corps, soloist, and principal roles in full-length classical ballets as well as many Balanchine ballets. Her favorite roles were The Scotch Lass in Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, Dew Drop and Lead Marzipan in The Nutcracker, Donizetti Variations, Valse Fantasie, Square Dance and Serenade. As Director and Ballet Master for the Center for Dance Education in Spartanburg, SC for the past 26 years, she has developed a successful school syllabus. She instructs, rehearses and choreographs for the Pre-Professional Division, the Trainee Division and the Professional Resident Ballet Company. Her students have gone on to dance professionally with Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, St. Louis Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet. She assists with recruitment of students for Project D.A.N.C.E , an inclusive outreach program to nurture the underrepresented demographic of students in the Spartanburg community and assists with the only Sensory Sensitive Performance of The Nutcracker in South Carolina to make live dance accessible for audience members with disabilities. Recently, she taught a series of Zoom Classes for Leap of Dance Academy in Nigeria and was a guest faculty member at Converse College. She is honored to be a 2021-22 School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow. She will be introduced to the curriculum and technique at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and take part in numerous workshops including class planning, curriculum building, topics on diversity and inclusion and will teach a class in the spring at the School of American Ballet.

 

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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. We will present So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg!, March 31, 2022. Please look for our event as we post information later this summer.

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 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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