Carlos Agudelo’s The Nutcracker has been a Christmas tradition in Spartanburg for 29 years. Tchaikovsky’s classical music, the beauty of the costumes, the dancers, the set and Carlos’s timeless choreography have allowed families to celebrate annual Christmas traditions. The Nutcracker is a magical experience which has been the cornerstone of Ballet Spartanburg’s productions each season. 70% of our annual ticket sales are generated by The Nutcracker.


  •  91,000 audience members from over 20 states, 167 zip codes and 4 countries

  •  2,320 students have danced in The Nutcracker

  •  290 community leaders have danced in the adult party scene

  •  16,000 plus Nutcrackers and 9,000 cookies have been sold

  •  450 or more Nutcracker themed pointe shoes were decorated by students

  •  27,000 or more have viewed The Nutcracker during Dickens of a Christmas


Each member will receive:

  • An original 2020 The Legacy Nutcracker soldier.

  • Your name will be placed on our Nutcracker Legacy banner to be displayed in 2021

  • Your name will appear in the 2021 Nutcracker program

  • A portion of your gift is tax-deductible

Click on the Legacy button to join today. Your address and email information are needed. The 2020 Legacy Nutcrackers are ready and under our tree outside of our office for pickup. Thank you for your support.




Carlos Agudelo has created the most magical reflection of the Nutcracker for this season. Along with a special full presentation of the 2008 Nutcracker performance from a year many may not have seen, the video includes fond memories shared by former students such as MaGee Maddox, Lustra Miller and Lauren Anderson, students who danced special roles and their memories, those who supported the beautiful backdrops and costumes worn by the parents, Carlos reflects on his memories of 29 years of The Nutcracker and some of the most wonderful backstage footage never seen before! It is a phenomenal look into the creation of this iconic ballet. This DVD is full of history and warmth just in time to share with your family as you cozy up for the holiday season. The Nutcracker is always in our hearts. Take home your own DVD or purchase the link. December 14th-18th DVDs may be picked up from our office 10am-5pm. If you purchase the link, we will email you the private page beginning the week of December 14th for viewing.

      DVD $35


     Link $20



   Nutcracker Soldier $30


Here he is! This nutcracker is new this year. He would have been available at our Nutcracker Holiday Market. He is our selection for you for 2020.  He is 15 inches tall with rose gold legs, furry boots with a hint of sparkle, a fierce sword with a bit of glam, a blue fancy jacket and a silver base. We selected this nutcracker to represent 2020 because we felt we all need a little sparkle and fun this holiday season. He will add fun to any room, mantle or under a tree as a reminder that the magic of The Nutcracker will continue for years to come. We have a limited supply so please purchase as soon as you can. Happy Holidays from The Nutcracker and to 2021 and many years to come! You may pick up your nutcracker soldier the week beginning December 14th-18th at our office, 10am-5pm weekdays.



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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. 

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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