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.
BARBARA FERGUSON SCHOLARSHIP
Barbara Ferguson was Ballet Spartanburg’s first dance instructor in 1967. She was an incomparable dancer, choreographer, teacher and treasured friend who died in 1990. This scholarship was named in her memory to support underserved student's desire to dance.
CARLOS AGUDELO BOYS’ FUND
This fund was created to honor Carlos Agudelo and to support underserved boys who have a desire to dance.
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 and 7, The City of Spartanburg parks and recreational centers, 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 could use approximately 10 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 the program, monthly newsletter and on plaque outside our office.
Project D.A.N.C.E (Diversity- Accepts and Nurtures Community Equality) is in its third year at the Center for Dance Education. This program is a comprehensive program to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet to diversify dance 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 focuses on dancing while learning life skills such as respect, dedication, responsibility, perseverance, self-esteem, honesty, confidence, and resilience. With each life skill embedded into the dance 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 donors and Sam’s Club of Spartanburg for the 2015-2016 school year, and the Episcopal Church Women of the Advent for 2016-2017 year, and Walmart Foundation 2017-2018. Companies and individuals who would like to donate or learn more about this program may contact Teresa Hough@Though@spartanarts.org.