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.

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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