Other Ways To Support Ballet Spartanburg

Tax Free Donations and Gifts

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 27 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.


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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, 6 and 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

Project D.A.N.C.E (Diversity supports Accepting & Nurturing Community Equality) is in its 7th year at the Center for Dance Education. This program is a comprehensive program to increase dancers of color 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 year-long dance lessons 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 dance classes, have been supported by full scholarships from local private donors. Companies and individuals who would like to donate or learn more about this program may contact Though@spartanarts.org.

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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. We will present So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg!, March 31, 2022. Please look for our event as we post information later this summer.

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 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!

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