Ballet Basics

The Palmetto Basics

The Palmetto Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help children become the most successful they can be! The Basics are designed to help you realize all of the good things that you are doing in this role, and how to do it more. 

Below are five videos put together to help you interact with your child while learning about the Basics. These videos were inspired by a community supporting Early Childhood Development and created by Ballet Spartanburg's Artistic Director, Carlos Agudelo, to create arts inspired educational tools for all families to engage in early learning. Carlos also created educational storybooks with original illustrations for families to follow along while watching inspiring videos of Peter and the Wolf and Alice in Wonderland, both filmed in Spartanburg’s Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. Mr. Agudelo choreographed and rehearsed playful dances for each of the 5 Basic elements with Ballet Spartanburg Company dancers at local landmarks such as Barnet Park, The Chapman Cultural Center and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

Enjoy these arts educational videos daily and let The Basics become part of your everyday connection with your child!

View each of the 5 Basics below.


                       To view a consolidated video with all of The Basics, click below.


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Vision and support has also been provided by Contec, Inc., Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg County First Steps to School Readiness Partnerships. Vision and support has also been provided by Contec, Inc., Greenville County. Childcare Association, Greenville County Library System, Greenville Literacy Association, Greenville Technical College CDC, Greenville County Schools, Help Me Grow SC, Institute for Child Success, Mary Black Foundation, SHARE Head Start, The School District of Pickens County, United Way of Greenville County, United Way of Pickens County, USC Upstate, Greenville County YMCA Judson Community Center, and other early childhood champions throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. The Palmetto Basics is a local affiliate of The Basics National Network.


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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


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