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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 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 fundrasing events, with two major ballets each year, touring performances, and school matinees, reaching an audience of nearly 24,000 annually.

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

SGB has partnered with CASA and Necco to award 4 deserving children in the Foster Care program with classical ballet lessons and performance opportunities at no cost to them or their host families.

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, 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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