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 27 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 new Trainee Program, under the direction of Miss Lona, is a bridge program between the Pre-Professional division and Professional ballet.

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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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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