Luke Umphlett

Luke Umphlett

Luke Umphlett

Luke Umphlett is from Columbus, NC, and has been training with Ballet Spartanburg since 2013. He has performed in numerous ballets such as The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, An American in Paris, The Great Gatsby, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and many more. He has also been a guest artist at the Greenville Ballet in their production of Coppélia. He has also performed as a guest artist several times with the Hendersonville Ballet, and will be performing as the Sugar Plum Cavalier in their 2019 Nutcracker production! Luke has trained at multiple summer intensives including most recently at American Ballet Theatre's Advance Intensive in New York City, the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and The Washington School of Ballet. This is Luke's second year with The Company and his first year as an apprentice.

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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.

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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