Ballet Spartanburg Presents Five Ballets for 50th Anniversary Season

little-mermaid-ballet-spartanburgBallet Spartanburg will present 5 original ballet productions for the 2016-2017 50th Anniversary Season.

“To celebrate such a phenomenal landmark of offering 50 years of dance, dance outreach and productions, we want to thank our community and beyond with 5 ballet productions to represent 5 decades of excellence. Ballet Spartanburg is such an important part of our arts community. We continue to broaden our approach to ballet for our audiences through classical and contemporary dance,” said Teresa S. Hough, Executive Director.

“We have our family series, our new intimate Studio Series we started last year which was very popular, our collaboration series and this year, a huge finale of an original ballet by Carlos Agudelo of An American in Paris. With so much talent on the stage from our Center for Dance Education students and our Professional Company, we are confident this is the season not to miss any of our productions.”

Memberships are available for the 2016-2017 Season. Members will save money on tickets as well as have the advantage to many great opportunities provided in the membership packets. As well as joining as a member, there are many giving opportunities to help with scholarships for the underserved community at large. Ballet Spartanburg welcomes you to join our dance family. For more information, visit or call 583-0039.

 Oct. 21-23: The Little Mermaid

No doubt a family favorite, this under and above water adventure is certainly a family favorite. This classic tale of a mermaid who sacrifices her beautiful voice to have legs so she can follow her dream to be with her prince, is vibrant and emotionally complex. With adorable and silly underwater creatures and a feisty sea witch, this Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is not to be confused with the Disney production. Never produced as a ballet in the upstate, this is a don’t miss production.

Nov. 20: The Nutcracker: Land of the Sweets Party

For every child with a sweet tooth and parent too! This is the perfect party to begin the Christmas and Nutcracker season. The second annual Nutcracker children’s party held at the Chapman Cultural Center, is an afternoon filled with sweets, holiday arts and crafts, face-painting, storytelling by Clara, dancers from The Nutcracker and so much more. Fun for the entire family.  This event sold out early last year. Limited about of tables, so reserve early. Tables are now on sale. Call 583-0339.

Dec. 9-11: The Nutcracker

Christmas is not Christmas without this Upstate annual family tradition. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score set with the timeless story of the awe and excitement of the night before Christmas will capture the hearts of young and old. With a colossal tree which magically grows and snowflakes that blanket the stage, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince glide into a radiant Land of Enchantment. Set in turn-of-the-century replete with more than 100 dancers, original painted scenery created for Ballet Spartanburg, astounding magic tricks and new surprises each season, The Nutcracker is the ultimate Christmas gift.

Feb. 10-11: Fire and Passion: The Studio Series

Be inspired by choreography that is woven from feelings of heartbreak to the ecstasy of eternal love. The Studio Series is an intimate, organic and up close series designed to provide a different dance experience. The Company, under the direction of Carlos Agudelo, presents new and powerful choreography.  This one hour program is the perfect romantic appetizer to start any Valentine’s evening celebration. Enjoy an evening of champagne and dance and mingle with the Professional Dancers.

Mar. 24-25: Celebrating the Power of Women: DanSynergy 9

Collaborating with local musicians, visual and performing artists, filmmakers and writers, creates new and thought-provoking works each season as part of the DanSynergy Series. Carlos Agudelo along with a team of inspirational women including local writers Michel Stone and Kerry Ferguson, Ballet Spartanburg choreographer Lona Gomez and NYC choreographer Michelle Ulerich, along with local female musicians, create a stimulating homage to the power of women. “Historically women contributed to the old sense of art as “muses” or “images of beauty”. The old High Culture idea is nonexistent. Women today are brilliant creators of art and it is time to honor the intelligence, grace, beauty and spirit of their impact of present day and our future.” Teresa Hough, Executive Director. “What better way to honor such impact than through collaborations of women and reflect their stories through music and dance.”

Apr. 21-22: An American in Paris

Paris, the most romantic of all cities in the world is the backdrop for this powerful love story between an expatriate American who becomes a painter to make a living and a beautiful, young Parisian girl. Through a chance meeting at a small café, the two are meant to be together. Although forces keep them apart, in the end they are reunited on the banks of the Seine River. The original choreography by Artistic Director, Carlos Agudelo, for this production will charm the audience through the elegance of ballet combined with the beauty of French music. This finale production of the season is not to be missed.

For tickets, call 864.542.ARTS or go online to or for information about tickets and membership opportunities.

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