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 



Help keep Dance Alive


Donate today

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. 

The happiness in dancing on stage is reflected in this precious little dancer's eyes and body.  Arms open, lights aglow, feet planted firmly on the stage, basking joyfully from a successful performance. This is the feeling we have as we anticipate returning to the stage this October with the premiere of Carlos Agudelo's, The Wizard of Oz. Ballet Spartanburg and its Board of Trustees and staff will monitor and adjust all health and safety precautions as directed by the CDC. We are ready to dance. We are ready to see our audience. We are ready.

Thank you for your continued love and support for 55 years. Onto our 56th season we go! Now follow the yellow brick road and grab your SEASON TICKETS TODAY!

Error Message