Project D.A.N.C.E

Diversity supports Accepting & Nurturing Community Equality

Five years ago after several conversations with African American mothers in our community who had daughters who wanted to take ballet, we began Project D.A.N.C.E, an inclusive outreach program to help nurture an underrepresented demographic in our community. We reached out to the Meeting Street Academy, located in downtown Spartanburg, to begin a partnership with a vision to support students of color with yearlong ballet lessons. Project D.A.N.C.E. focuses on learning life skills such as respect, dedication, responsibility, perseverance, self-esteem, honesty, confidence, and resilience in concert with the highest of quality ballet training.  Diversity and inclusivity are key to strengthening cultural relationships in our community. Ballet Spartanburg recognizes the value of all members of our community and the need for all populations to have life changing opportunities through educational dance training.

The program has grown over the past five years to support 12 dancers this season.These young students share the desire to train in dance each week, to hone their skills and to develop meaningful and useful life skills. Since the inception of the program, we can now support 12 students on full scholarship for Project D.A. N.C.E. Our goal is support 20 students, male and female, in 2021. In five years, 21 dancers have danced with Project D.A.N.C.E scholarship funding. Two of those dancers have danced with us for four years. 

The scholarships for Project D.A.N.C.E. are funded by generous community members, leaders, businesses and foundations to support these students to follow their  passion for ballet. We are forever grateful to these community members, leaders, businesses and foundations who share our vision for this programming.  Project D.A.N.C.E students and parents thank you. We thank you. 

  • Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr. (2015)
  • Bill and Valerie Barnet (2015)
  • Sam's Club (2015)
  • The Episcopal Women of the Church of the Advent (2016)
  • Walmart Foundation (2017, 2019,2020)
  • Dr. and Mrs. Julian Josey (2017)
  • Ms. Lindsay Webster (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Mrs. Linda West ( 2018)
  • Purpose Financial (2019/2020)
  • Walmart Foundation ( 2020/2021)
  • Johnson Management, LLC. (2020/2021)
  • Colonial Trust, Co. ( 2020/2021)

If you are interested in Project D.A.N.C.E and would like to help with this scholarship program, you may donate to the program by clicking here. $531 a year will support one dancer for a full year of dance lessons. As a sponsor of a student of Project D.A.N.C.E.

  • Your sponsorship is tax-deductible
  • We invite you to meet the dancer and his/her family (This opportunity is on hold due to COVID-19)
  • We invite you to observe your dancer/dancers take lessons in our studio (This opportunity is on hold due to COVID-19)
  • We invite you to attend your dancer's end of the year dance demonstration in May


Help keep Dance Alive


Donate today

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.

This year is Ballet Spartanburg's 55th season in your community. Throughout this pandemic, we have remained committed to offering to our community the services of our mission, education, outreach and performance, to the best of our ability in keeping with the guidelines of the CDC and DHEC. We have all seen a dramatic change in our world, how we live, and how we are able to experience the arts. We are resilient and prepared to face a tough and challenging season. Your support is needed now more than ever. 

Our community's words of encouragement, notes, letters, emails, donations and gifts continue to inspire us each day. Contributions allow us to continue creating new choreography, engage in new outreach programs such as our new partnership with the Leap of Dance Academy in Nigeria, Africa, and our commitment to offering the highest quality dance education in our Center for Dance Education.

We look forward to 2021 when our dancers can return safely to the stage and share the beauty of dance. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and please, stay connected. Stay safe and take care of others.

With immense gratitude-Ballet Spartanburg


Error Message