South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Company

Educational Outreach

Transforming the Ballet into Your Classroom

Treat your students to a unique learning opportunity by bringing your classroom to the ballet!

We offer a wide spectrum of:

  • Artistic genres and disciplines
  • Different dance forms
  • Art history
  • Movement
  • Physical fitness
  • Music
  • Theatre etiquette
  • Stagecraft

T‘was the Night Before Christmas and Cinderella are coordinated to College and Career Ready Standards and incorporate STEAM strategies, both of which are integrated into the program curriculum and lesson plans.

All performances feature the professional dancers of the Columbia City Ballet and our award-winning performance standards – at only $5 per seat*

Our educational outreach program has:

  • 18,000 attendees each season
  • National attention
  • Various awards for creative commitment
  • 27 years of educating children across the Southeast

Columbia City Ballet Artistic Director William Starrett had the vision to develop curriculum driven educational ballet performance experiences that would be accompanied by a teacher’s guide, choosing stories and topics that help our young people with today’s concerns and developmental needs.

However, these are not dress rehearsals that we open to the public; our productions are specially made each season to:

  • Provide a deep understanding of the art form of ballet
  • Enhance the lives of every patron in attendance
  • Educate the community at the highest level each season
  • Obtain a greater knowledge and appreciation of ballet
  • Leave you yearning to learn more about the performing arts in Columbia!

Performances last approximately an hour and include a Q&A. Performances are narrated so each student has a clear understanding of the story and can fully appreciate the professional ballet of the Columbia City Ballet.

*Reservations for fewer than 10 people must be purchased at the door day of the event*

2017–2018 Educational Outreach Season

T’was The Night Before Christmas

Sumter, SC
Friday, November 17 at 9:30am & 11:15am at Patriot Hall

Lancaster, SC
Monday, November 20th at 9:30am & 11:30am at Lancaster High School Auditorium

Columbia, SC
Friday, December 8th at 9:30am & 11:15am at Koger Center

Hartsville, SC
Thursday, December 14th at 9:30am & 11:30am  at Center Theatre

Friday, December 15th at 9:30am at Center Theatre


Columbia, SC

Wednesday, February 28 at 10:15am at Red Bank Elementary

Friday, March 1 at 10:00pm at Saxegotha

Sunday, March 18 at 3:00pm at Richland County Public Library

Friday, March 23 at 9:30am at Koger Center

Presented by

SCE&G Logo - A SCANA Company - Arts and CultureDedicated to enriching communities through arts and culture.

Sponsored by

Colonial Life         BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina        TRC