Trainee

Ballet Spartanburg’s state of the art studios are located at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Center for Dance Education is home to an average of 350 students annually, ages 2-72. With five yearly productions, outreach of over 15,000 youth, and a professional Ballet Company, Ballet Spartanburg educates, enriches and inspires through dance and dance appreciation. The Center for Dance Education’s Pre-Professional Ballet Division aligns its high standards with National Professional Ballet Schools.

Ballet Spartanburg is proud of its students who have furthered their dance education through summer intensives, high school residencies and post graduate studies, to noted instutions such as the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Harid Conservatory, Orlando Ballet, School of American Ballet, Eugene Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Julliard, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Students have danced professionally with Houston Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Alabama Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Sarasota Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and Oklahoma City Ballet.

Ballet Spartanburg’s Professional Trainee Program is currently receiving applications from talented, advanced students ages 15-20. The Trainee Program is a comprehensive program designed to further develop ballet technique and artistry. The Trainee Program is a bridge between student and professional ballet. Trainees will participate in Company and Pre-Professional Classes ranging in ballet, pointe and variations. Trainees will rehearse and perform with the Professional Ballet Company.

Trainees will receive education in resume writing, nutrition and career development. Ballet Spartanburg’s Trainee Program is tuition based. Deadline for submission for the 2021/2022 season is October 1, 2021. All applicants may send cover letter, resume, head shot and 1st arabesque (ladies en pointe) and video link (guidelines below) to Ballet Master, lgomez@spartanarts.org. You may also contact Lona Gomez for a private audition.

Video Submission Guidelines

A single video file no more than 15 minutes containing all the elements below. Only one side of each combination needs to be shown. The frame of the video should show full body throughout. The video must be taken recently. Ladies should complete all combinations on pointe.

Barre Work (maximum of 5 minutes/one side of each combination. (Plies, Tendus, Adagio, Grand Battement)

Center Work (maximum 10 minutes)

1. Adagio

2. Pirouette combination with pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans

3. Allegro combinations (small jumps, medium jumps including assembles, jetes, and sissonnes)

4. Grande allegro including a diagonal of turning steps for ladies. Men should include carbrioles, entrechats six and double tours en l’air.

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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. We will present So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg!, March 31, 2022. Please look for our event as we post information later this summer.

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 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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