Lona Gomez

Lona Gomez

Lona Gomez

Ballet Master

Lona is a native of Boston, MA. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to train with the Boston Ballet School. She became a member of Boston Ballet II as well as an apprentice with the Boston Ballet Company under founder and director, the late E. Virginia Williams. She then was offered a contract with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she danced for nine years under the direction of Patricia Wilde, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She danced corps, soloist, and principal roles in full-length classical ballets as well as many Balanchine ballets. Her noted soloist roles include the Scotch Lass in Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, the soloist girl in Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, Valse Fantasie, Tarantella, and Four Temperaments. Her noted roles in the classics include Myrtha and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Pas de trios and 4 cygnets in Swan Lake, and “Grisi” in Pas de Quatre. She has worked with noted choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Lisa DeRibere, Daniel Levins, Frederick Franklin, Paul Sutherland, and Larry Long. As Principal of the Center for Dance Education for 21 years, she has developed a successful syllabus.Under Miss Lona's direction, the Center for Dance Education continues  its commitment to inspire excellence. She has choreographed for the Advanced Division students of Ballet Spartanburg as well as for the professional dancers of Ballet Spartanburg. Under her tutelage, her students have continued to dance professionally in ballet companies across the world as well as continue their academic studies at elite institutions of higher education.

Beauty & the Beast

October 19 - 21 | Chapman Cultural Center

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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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