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Education and Enrichment


Education is a key component of 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 Grady and Thomas Counties.  These classes are held in partnership with the Grady County Board of Education, the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club, and Thomasville Community Resource Center as well as the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo 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 fundrasing events, with two major ballets each year, touring performances, and school matinees, reaching an audience of nearly 24,000 annually. We will be partnering with the Thomasville Center for the Arts to provide a new ArtReach program in the 2016-2017 season to provide a unique performance and workshop opportunity for area students.

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

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

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