Ballet Mistress

Ballet Spartanburg Ballet Mistress Lona GomezLona Gomez

Ballet Master

A native of Boston, Massachusetts. Lona Gomez was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to train with the Boston Ballet School, and became a member of Boston Ballet II as well as an apprentice with the Boston Ballet Company under the late E. Virginia Williams, Boston Ballet's founder and longtime director.

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 principle 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 four cygnets in Swan Lake, and “Grisi” in Pas de Quatre. She has worked with noted choreographers and such as Ohad Naharin, Lisa DeRibere, Daniel Levins, Frederick Franklin, Paul Sutherland, Larry Long.

As principal of the Center for Dance Education for 25 years, she has developed a successful syllabus. Under Miss Lona's direction, the Center for Dance Education continues its committment 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 higher educational institutions.

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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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