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EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT

Education is a key component of the South Georgia Ballet’s mission!

Through classes, mini-performances, lecture/demonstrations, mainstage performances, and school workshops, SGB strives to educate both students and audiences in our area.

Through our Outreach Education Program, Step UP!, we offer free dance instruction in Colquitt and Thomas Counties.  These classes are held in partnership with the  Boys and Girls Club of Colquitt County, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club and Thomasville Community Resource Center for 2nd to 6th graders.  Each year 80-100 area students have the opportunity to train and perform through this special Outreach Education program. Melissa June, Outreach Education Director, teaches all outreach classes.

SGB performs extensively throughout the region with mini-performances at area elementary schools, festivals and fundraising events, with two major ballets each year, touring performances, and school matinees, reaching an audience of nearly 24,000 annually.

SGB works with Hand-in-Hand, Thomas County Middle School, Scott Elementary School, Harper Elementary & Southside Elementary School to provide dance classes to children with Special Needs. Children come once a week to receive training in balance, coordination, rhythm, as well as working on gross and fine motor skills.

SGB partners with CASA and NECCO to provide foster children the opportunity to experience the magic of dance with their peers at no cost to them. Children in this program stay completely anonymous to teachers and peers as we want them to feel included and not labeled. They also get the opportunity to dance in the spring show in beautiful costumes and on the big stage. This program provides a sense of stability for the child and is a place where they feel love and belonging. 

SGB has also partnered with Thomasville Center for the Arts to provide the Seniors in our Community the ability to move and express themselves through dance.

The official school of South Georgia Ballet is South Georgia Ballet School. For the serious student, the Ballet Company offers additional training and performing opportunities.  Company dancers are required to continue taking regular classes with the School and receive additional training in their Company level classes.  SGBS provides dance instruction to children ages 2 & up in preparation for Company auditions.  Training includes ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theater and acro.  These classes are taught by professional staff in a compassionate and disciplined environment. 

Education is the cornerstone of South Georgia Ballet’s mission!