Mindful Movement

For individuals with Early Alzheimer's and Dementia 


Research proves that Alzheimer’s takes a psychological and physical toll on both patient and caregivers. Being mindful helps individuals to focus on the present moment, present movement, and the present thought. Ballet Spartanburg's Mindful Movement class is support movement class to support  the emotional, cognitive and physical health of individuals with early-stage dementia and Alzheimer's.

With mindful movement, we offer a connection for individuals and their caretakers in a pleasant and social environment in our ballet studios. The curriculum our teachers use is designed to help individuals feel warm and invited when they first enter the studios. Through simple movements accompanied by live music, short term memory is enhanced through the execution of short patterns which utilizes arms, legs and torso.

Ballet Spartanburg is excited to work in partnership with the SC Alzheimer’s Association and the JM Smith Foundation for sound research in practice and method for early engagement movement classes and to offer this class free of charge to any individual with early dementia and Alzheimer’s. “It is important to know your community and its needs. This is the first outreach class of its design for those who can benefit from positive engagement with others and caregivers who share a common challenge- dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our teachers Elaine Lang, and Carlos Agudelo, have collaboratively designed a program which allows positive emotional connections and reducesses stress for individuals in a welcoming and inspiring environment. We offer a place of acceptance and care while moving and working to retain memory.”

This class meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 AM in Studio 3 in the Ballet Spartanburg Studios. We are very grateful to JM Smith Foundation for the partnership for a year to provide this Mindful Movement class free of charge to individuals.

If you need additional information about this class, contact Carlos Agudelo at cagudelo@spartanarts.org




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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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