There are many ways to give to Ballet Spartanburg. Dimes, dollars and dance all matter. Donations and gifts to Ballet Spartanburg are part of the foundation that supports our educational training to many underserved populations, performances, and outreach. Please consider the importance of the arts and it's impact of how dance affects both young and old in your community and beyond.
LONA GOMEZ SCHOLARSHIP
As principal of the Center for Dance Education for 21 years, Lona has developed a successful syllabus. Under Miss Lona's direction, the Center for Dance Education continues its committment to inspire excellence. She has choreographed for the Advanced Division students of Ballet Spartanburg, as well as for the professional dancers of Ballet Spartanburg. Under her tutelage, her students have continued to dance professionally in ballet companies across the world as well as continue their academic studies at elite higher educational institutions. This scholarship was named in her honor to support underserved student's desire to dance.
CARLOS AGUDELO BOYS’ FUND
This fund was created to honor Carlos Agudelo and his timeless energy to teach and hone the skills of young male underserved dancers. This fund is held at the Spartanburg County Foundation. Donations on line will be transferred to the Spartanburg County Foundation.
Our outreach programs reach more than 20,000 children/adults each year through in-and-after school dance classes. Many of these programs partner with The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Spartanburg School Districts 1, 6and 7, The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreational Centers, Parkinson's, retirement/nursing homes and assisted living centers to name a few.
POINTE SHOE FUND
This fund supports the high cost of pointe shoes for our professional company. One dancer can use approximately 15 pairs of pointe shoes at a cost of $100 per season.
DANCERS’ CIRCLE SOCIETY
Past and present dancers, Board Members, volunteers, teachers and families have all played an integral and critcal part to our present programming. A gift made in honor/memory of a loved one shows continued support of our mission. Names will appear in each season's program.
Project D.A.N.C.E (Diversity supports Accepting & Nurturing Community Equality) is in its fourth year at the Center for Dance Education. This program is a comprehensive program to increase African American and ethnic representation in ballet at Ballet Spartanburg. Incorporating and embracing cultural diversity, specifically the undeserved African American community, is part of the strategic plan for the Center for Dance Education. Project D.A.N.C.E provides yeearlong ballet lessons while learning life skills such as respect, dedication, responsibility, perseverance, self-esteem, honesty, confidence, and resilience. With each life skill embedded into the ballet lessons, the student gains valuable information about the importance of character. These students, who would not have had the opportunity to attend ballet classes, have been supported by full scholarships from local private donorsm, Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr., Bill and Valerie Barnet, and Sam’s Club of Spartanburg for the 2015-2016 school year, the Episcopal Church Women of the Advent for 2016-2017 year, and Walmart Foundation, Arthur State Bank and Dr. and Mrs. Julian Josey for 2017-2018. Companies and individuals who would like to donate or learn more about this program may contact Though@spartanarts.org.