Classes and Programming

General Class Information for Fall Classes 2020/2021

COVID-19 has changed our approach to education in our center. We are using all CDC and DHEC guidelines which you will read in our COVID-19 Policies and procedures. it is so important to read how your student will enter and exit our building beginning August 3, the use of masks/face coverings  by parents/students, and how we are working each day to keep our dance family safe. We will take every precaution from mask wearing to cleaning each day to protect our families. we expect our families to follow all policies to ensure safety for everyone while dancing. We must continue to live our lives each day and we want dance to be a part of your child's life..... as it has been and will continue to be. Welcome back to Ballet Spartanburg where learning is a higher standard.
  • Classes for the 2020-2021 year begin August 3, 2020.
  • Faculty and schedule are subject to change 
  • A minimum enrollment of 5 full paying students is required for a class to be maintained.
  • All registration forms and the Ballet Spartanburg and Chapman Cultural Center COVID-19 waiver must be completed and turned in to the Ballet Spartanburg office.
  • Students are assigned classes and instructors upon approval of Ballet Master, Lona Gomez.
  • Students who graduate from High School are required to take Adult Classes.
  • To withdraw a student, complete withdrawal form, and submit to the Ballet Spartanburg office. A withdrawal form must be submitted to ensure a refund.
  • INCLEMENT Weather. Please note that we follow the openings/closings of the Chapman Cultural Center. We will try our very best to notify of any changes due to inclement weather via email and Facebook.

 Please note the following updates for closed classes:

The following classes are at capacity for the fall. Please check the schedule for other times/classes. We will look at classes in the next few weeks to see where we need to add classes. Please continue to check the website and updates. 

Monday, Creative AB, 4:30-5:20, Analay Saiz

Thursday, Creative AB, 3:30-4:20, Analay Saiz

Saturday, Creative AB, 10:00-10:50, Analay Saiz

Ballet IIA, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30, Grayson Driver

Ballet IIIA/IIIB, Tuesday, 4:30-6:00, Analay Saiz

Intermediate Lyrical, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30,  Olivia Caulfield

Pre-Professional Classes, Monday, 4:30-6:30, Tuesday, 4:00-6:30, Wednesday, 4:00-5:30, Thursday, 4:00-6:00

Toddler Division (age 2)

Toddler Division (age 2)

The Center for Dance Education Toddler Division for 2 year-olds focuses on movement, music and creativity.This class is designed to introduce the very young student to locomotive movement and music, combining stories and music in a child-centered setting supporting and developing body awareness and rhythm.

Tap and Twirl (ages 3-4)

Tap and Twirl (ages 3-4)

The Center for Dance Education Tap and Twirl Division for 3-4 year-olds focuses on an imaginative introduction to tap and jazz. This child-centered class combines a gentle introduction of tap and jazz movement and vocabulary with the mindfulness of the age of the student.

Creative Division (ages 3-4)

Creative Division (ages 3-4)

The Center for Dance Education Creative Division focuses on creativity, fostering a love of dance, group interaction, and the joy of self-expression. The class is ballet based.The Creative Movement syllabus is designed to gently introduce our youngest students to a happy and safe classroom environment, while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. This class is open to boys and girls. Social skills are also developed through collaborative and cooperative games. Creative Movement students participate in the end of the year dance demonstration in the Chapman Cultural Center.

Pre Ballet through Ballet V (ages 5-18)

Pre Ballet through Ballet V (ages 5-18)

The Recreational Ballet Student Division consists of Pre Ballet through Ballet V. The primary levels foster a love of ballet while following a more formal ballet class focusing on rote. The intermediate levels provide the students with solid classical ballet technique as well as continuing to develop increased strength and coordination focusing on rote. The upper levels continue to build on the intermediate level, in which musicality and more complicated combinations are introduced. The Recreational Division has a structured syllabus as well as detailed objectives for each level. All Recreational Ballet Students advance according to individual progress in acquiring technique and strength.

Open Student Division

Open Student Division

The Open Student Division offers optional discipline classes for students interested in Tap/Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Stretch and Strengthen, and Irish. They can be taken on their own or in conjunction with ballet classes.

Advanced Lower

Advanced Lower

The Lower Division is designed for the more serious student and is designed to provide the student with a focused, challenging curriculum based on rote. Placement is through audition only and each student is carefully evaluated for continuation in the Division. A criterion for acceptance is an anatomical structure suited to the demands of a challenging rote based curriculum.


The Pre-Pro division serves the serious ballet student with comprehensive training, refining technique, building physical strength, and developing artistry. Past/Current Pre-Pro Students have been and are accepted on scholarship to elite professional summer intensives/ such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Charlotte Ballet. Focus of the Pre-Pro Division is educating through intense training and performing experiences, such as The Ensemble as well as alongside Ballet Spartanburg’s Professional Resident Company.



The Center for Dance Education Trainee Program offers talented ballet students a transitional experience that bridges the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Center for Dance Education Trainee Program is tuition based. Click on link for additional information/audition requirements.

Open Adult Division

The Open Adult Division is geared for students 18-80 who are not attending school and wish to start dancing, return to a passion for dance, or are looking for a new form of exercise. All classes are offered on a drop in basis and paid for on a monthly basis bases. Please refer to the Adult Registration form for monthly pricing. Class offerings are Irish step dance, contemporary, tap, and jazz.

Adult Ballroom

The Adult Ballroom Classes are taught by Marion Norman. Classes meet on Monday nights in the Ballet Studios from 7:30-8:30pm. Ballroom classes are paid per session. Please refer to the Ballroom Schedule of Classes for session dates and costs.

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Ballet Spartanburg

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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