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. 

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 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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