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 2020-21 season is October 1, 2020. All applicants may send cover letter, resume, head shot and 1st arabesque (ladies en pointe) and video link (guidelines below) to Ballet Master, 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.

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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