Moving Stories

February 23rd 2020





moving stories:
battery dance

TIME: 3 - 4:30PM
AGE: Recommended for ages 14 and up
LOCATION:Chapman Cultural Center Theater

Six diverse dancers from an acclaimed American company travel the world, teaching the tools of choreography to young people who’ve experienced war, poverty, prejudice, sexual exploitation, and severe trauma as refugees, so that they can tell their stories through dance. In India they work with girls rescued from sex trafficking and gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe's worst slums; in South Korea, with North Koreans who risked their lives to escape; and in Iraq, with a gifted young Muslim dancer, fighting to survive. Incredibly, they have just one week to teach kids who may be enemies, who may have been abused, who may be suspicious and fearful, to create dances to perform for their communities. Yet as they prepare to perform in public in what seems an impossibly short time, both students and teachers experience surprising transformations, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity.


  • Best Documentary – Chesapeake Film Festival 2018
  • Humanitarian Award – Sedona International Film Festival 2019
  • Best Documentary for Young People – Master of Arts Film Festival, 2019
  • Impact Doc Award (First Runner Up), 2019
  • Best Direction of a Documentary / Chita Rivera Award, 2019 





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Ballet Spartanburg

Ballet Spartanburg Receives 2018
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.

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