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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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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