Parkinson’s & More

Parkinson’s & More

Ballet Spartanburg offers dance and movement classes for people with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders. Research indicates that the medical community acknowledges the benefits of dance for those living with Parkinson's and other neurological disorders, which may include autism, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
Benefits of dance
  • Relieves debilitating symptoms
  • Aids short-term mobility
  • Significantly improves stability
  • Contributes to social inclusion and artistic expression
  • Helps to loosen tight joints
  • Improves overall movement
  • Lifts spirits
  • Classes use dance combinations and repetition with a focus on grace and personal success
  • Piano accompaniment allows for the adjustment of music for individuals
Our instructors have received special training sponsored by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s group in Brooklyn, New York. Ballet Spartanburg offers the only class of this design in the Upstate for these individual needs. Ballet Spartanburg Co-Artistic Director Carlos Aqudelo, Outreach Coordinator, Susan Woodham, Company Dancer, Abby Inglett, and Carol Rosebrock are certified to teach the classes.
Location & Time

Classes will begin on August 6, 2024, in our studios. Classes will take place every Tuesday from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the Ballet Spartanburg Dance Center Studios on the first floor of the East Wing at the Chapman Cultural Center. The first class of the month is followed by a monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Parkinson Association.

For more information, please email Carlos Agudelo at or call the Ballet Spartanburg office 864.583.0339.


Ballet Spartanburg is honored to partner with JM Smith Foundation to sponsor classes at no cost to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders. Thank you JM Smith Foundation and Southeastern Printing.

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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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