Center for Dance Education


Lona Gomez, Principal of the Center for Dance Education

Ballet Spartanburg’s Center for Dance Education core principals are commitment, repetition, and hard work. In every aspect of life, whether it is dancing, academics, musical interests, or sports, in order for today’s youth to reach a goal, they must learn to reach beyond their limits. The intrinsic values of self-discipline and hard work are the underpinnings of success in life.
Our dance pedagogy program emphasizes an excellent  teaching philosophy. We instruct with the highest degree of integrity to enrich the human spirit through dance by instilling self-confidence, grace, and imagination.

– Lona Gomez, Ballet Master

The Center for Dance Education is an instructional center committed to providing the highest quality dance education in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our mission at the CDFE is a collective effort to create a pleasant and supportive atmosphere for artistic excellence to thrive.

With over 25 years of excellence in teaching at The Center for Dance Education, a professional knowledge of ballet technique, and a professional background of performance with a national ballet company, Miss Lona holds a breadth of knowledge of ballet which is incomparable.

The Center for Dance Education has two separate divisions: The Recreational Divison and The Pre-Proffesional Division. Each division is intended to challenge and support students' physical, mental, artistic and emotional development consistent within their Division Level.

The Recreational Division offers high quality dance instruction in the diverse genres with flexible scheduling, focusing on personal enrichment and pure love of movement. The Pre-Pro Division offers a curriculum focusing on building strength, stamina and flexibility throughout. Both divisions instill confidence, imagination and focus.

Students who have graduated from the Pre-Pro Division have held positions at the National Ballet of Canada, Grand Rapids Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Sarasota Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, Radio City Rockettes and have studied at national ballet schools such as American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregan Ballet, Houston Ballet,Boston Ballet and Harid Conservatory. Our students' journey through the Center for Dance Education not only encompasses dance education but the realization that the values of dedication and hard work are the underpinnings of success in higher learning education.

If you are interested in a dance class or dance level for your child, contact Miss Lona at




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Ballet Spartanburg

Ballet Spartanburg is an
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.

Your loyal and continued support allows expansion of  new outreach programs, professional performances and new dance audiences.  We are very appreciative of generous gifts from corporations, individuals and families.  We value your past, present and future support. Every dime matters. Every dollar matters. We hope you will join as a supporter today.

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