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. 


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.


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, 6 and 7, The City of Spartanburg Parks  and Recreational Centers, Parkinson's, retirement/nursing homes and assisted living centers to name a few.


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. 


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 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 Teresa Berline, Executive Director, at tberline@spartanarts.org. 

Martha Graham's

Suite from Appalachian Spring

music by Aaron Copland


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Carlos Agudelo, 2023 SC Governor's Award for an Individual

Ballet Spartanburg's Artistic Director, Carlos Agudelo, was awarded the South Carolina Governor's Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission on May 23, 2023, at the Chapman Cultural Center. The award was presented by Mr. David Platt, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission. "We recognize the unparalleled energy, enthusiasm, devotion and love for dance that Carlos has gifted to our community out of his passion for all to experience the arts for the past 32 years. We are overjoyed that Carlos has been recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission, " Teresa S. Berline, Executive Director. "The South Carolina Arts Commission is an extraordinary organization in our state which promotes and advocates opportunities in the arts which values equality, access, diversity and inclusion. Ballet Spartanburg is honored by the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the recognition of Carlos Agudelo."

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