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Southeastern Professional School of the Arts

Southeastern Professional School of the Arts (SPSA) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides a professional and disciplined study of high-quality dance to low- to moderate-income families and at-risk youth in the State of South Carolina. Established in 2009, SPSA works in partnership with the Southeastern School of Ballet to offer after-school introduction programs, multiple levels and styles of dance training, workshops, seminars and annual performances. All programs are structured around 6 fundamental goals: 1) Develop an appreciation of the Arts; 2) Develop self-expression; 3) Improve self-esteem and self-respect; 4) Establish work ethic; 5) Develop awareness of physical well–being; and 6) Develop sensitivity and empathy. SPSA services are offered FREE to all participants through corporate and individual funding.

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Southeastern School of Ballet

Board of Directors

Hillary Krieger-Toth | Executive Director
Hillary has over 25 years of classical ballet experience, including training at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and studying under well-respected dance instructors such as John Magnus, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Francesca Corkle. Additionally, she trained at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah under the tutelage of Conrad Ludlow, Attila Ficzere, Bene Arnold, Sharee Lane, Maureen Laird and Richard Wacko. She and her husband, Gabor Toth, co-founded the Southeastern School of Ballet in 2006 and SPSA in 2009.

Cary J. Krieger | Co-Executive Director & Treasurer
Cary has been a South Carolina resident since 1996 is a longtime supporter of the Arts. His extensive professional career as a Senior Financial Executive includes broad domestic and international experience in accounting, strategic planning, financial reporting, cash management/bank relationships and administration. He has served on the SPSA Board since 2009.

Cheryl A. Pitts | Board President
Cheryl is the current Board President of Southeastern Professional School of the Arts, which provides professional training for young ballet dancers who are in underserved communities and schools. Cheryl is passionate about filling gaps in services for underserved communities, particularly for youth, which will help to make them into more well-rounded adults. She is the founder, and Executive Director of Non-Profit Assistants, Inc. Ms. Pitts has 25 years of senior management experience, thirteen years’ experience in the medical profession including the business side.

Ms. Pitts received education at the State University College of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, and Gwinnett College, in Lilburn, Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the Medical Assisting Program and held a National Certification in Medical Assisting, a Certification in Medical Transcription.

Dee Prescott | Secretary
As an “Air Force brat” living in Germany and visiting other European and Asian countries, Dee developed an admiration for the Arts at an early age. Dee and her family have lived in South Carolina for 28 years and her daughter is currently a student at SPSA’s partner organization, the Southeastern School of Ballet. Dee joined the SPSA Board in 2012.

Chandra Cleveland | Board Member
Chandra is the Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbia Private Investigations & Consultants, LLC, C. Cleveland Speaks, and Palmetto Youth Connection. Columbia Private Investigations & Consultants is a provider of professional, highly trained private investigators and protection services to businesses, corporation and large event planners such as the Democratic Presidential Debate in Myrtle Beach, SC, World Trade Center Memorial in SC and NC just to name a few.

A staunch proponent of ridding our communities of juvenile crime, Chandra found Palmetto Youth Connection, a gender-based mentoring program that encourages young people to live, act and dress in accordance with a positive self-image. PYC focuses on guiding young people ages 12-18 to be confident, have a mentor, live a fit and healthy lifestyle and be involved in their schools and communities.

Through Cleveland Speaks Chandra focus on Teen Runaways, Sex Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Teen Dating Violence, Gangs in The Community. Cleveland is a graduate of Benedict College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching children with Special Needs. She is a graduate of the SC Criminal Justice Academy, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. Certified Ambassador Sex Trafficking with Shared Hope International, Certified Domestic Violence Advocate, Intimate Partner Violence Advocate A member of The Brook Church.

Denean Greene-Rivers | Board Member
Denean was born with an innate passion for dance, theatre, and volunteerism. She is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and began her ballet training at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance. Upon graduating from Dreher High she went on to pursue her degree in Social Work at Benedict College and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998. Additionally, she was accepted into the Advanced Standing Master’s Degree Program of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She has been employed as a Professional Social worker primarily in the medical field for over 15 years. Her talent and expertise have been maximized throughout the Carolinas with numerous organizations to include DHEC and collaborations with Palmetto Richland and Palmetto Baptist Hospitals.

She is the CEO/Founder of the non-profit organization Gastro Families. Gastro Families is focused on supportive services for persons with nutrition and digestive disorders. Denean also advocates, mentors, and inspires as a motivational speaker. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., SIC Chair of Kelly Mill and SIC Co-Chair of Bridge Creek Elementary, serves on Palmetto Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, and invited to serve on Palmetto Health System Quality Committee. Denean believes all forms of art connects us to community and humanity.

Gabor Toth | Board Member
Gabor began his formal dance training at the world-renowned Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. He is trained in ballet, folk dance, acrobatics, stage dance, acting, historical dance, pantomime, partnering and contemporary dance. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to the School of Alicia Alonso in Madrid, Spain, where he received instruction in Spanish folk dance and classical ballet. He and his wife, Hillary Krieger-Toth, co-founded the Southeastern School of Ballet in 2006 and SPSA in 2009.

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PROGRAMS

After-school Introduction

This program provides an introduction to formal dance training in classical ballet and creative movement/discipline. The program nurtures self-esteem, creativity, peer relationships and healthy living, and builds skills for future success. Classes are taught by a qualified instructor at a participating public/private school facility. The program runs from September through May offering students approximately four to six hours of training per month. Classes are limited to 20 students.

Classical Ballet
Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique, graceful, flowing, and precise movements, and ethereal qualities. The focus of training includes Classical Ballet Technique, Rhythm, and Pilates.

Creative Movement/ Discipline
This course offers children under the age of 6 the opportunity to explore dance in a fun-filled environment, utilizing imagery, free movement, and role play.

SPSA Arts Education Fund

The SPSA Arts Education Fund brings the many benefits of dance education and training to children in families with financial situations that might otherwise preclude participation in the Arts.

In addition to physical fitness benefits, funded students are exposed to the disciplined structure in a caring and encouraging environment at the Southeastern School of Ballet (SSB).

SSB offers instruction in Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Modern Technique, Character Technique, Classical and Contemporary Repertoire, Pilates, Stretch and Conditioning, French Terminology and Nutrition. Students benefit from learning and developing:

  • Muscle control and coordination
  • An awareness, strengthening and better understanding of the human body
  • Physical grace, ease of movement and joint improvement
  • Creative and Artistic Expression
  • An appreciation for all types of music including Classical and Contemporary
  • Proper poise, posture and presentation of the art
  • Self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-esteem
  • A strong work ethic
  • Focus and concentration skills
  • Problem solving and reasoning skills
  • Basic French vocabulary and terminology
  • Respect for self, teachers, and peers

Enrollment: Annual enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet averages 65 students.

Art Experience

Always among the highest expression of any culture, the arts teach us about every historical period through literature, visual arts, music, dance, and drama. Today, it is recognized that to be truly well educated one must not only learn to appreciate the arts but must have rich opportunities to actively participate in creative work. The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background, and ability. They can bring every subject to life and turn abstractions into realities. Learning through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores.

As such and in partnership with the South Carolina Public Education System, SPSA is proud to host an Arts Lectures series throughout the year at local schools during school hours. Lectures last 45-60 minutes and include a mini performance. Topics include, but are not limited to, an overview of Arts Education, Ballet & Sports Similarities, Character Dance, Modern Dance and Art History.




SPSA’s Annual Performance

Through a local partnership with the Koger Center for the Arts, all Southeastern School of Ballet participants Along with dance schools within the Columbia community will have the opportunity to audition for a part in SPSA’s Annual Performance.  

The Koger Center for the Arts is located in Columbia, SC and has the capacity to seat 2,254 community members.  With an Orchestra Pit, Dressing Rooms, and adequate lighting and Stages, participants from dance schools within the Columbia Community will have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. professional organizations  worldwide will be invited to participate to offer an exceptional performance level. All ticket sales will ensure sustainability of SPSA programs and services.

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Southeastern Professional School of the Arts relies on donations from the community to offer arts education to low to moderate income families and at-risk youth in the state of South Carolina.




Contact Details

220 Business Park Blvd
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone: 803.419.5512
Email: nonprofit@thespsa.org

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Southeastern Professional School of the Arts relies on donations from the community to offer arts education to low- to moderate-income families and at-risk youth in the State of South Carolina.

The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background, and ability. They can bring every subject to life and turn abstractions into realities. Learning through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores.




Friends Level & Benefits:

Friend ($100 – $249)
Annual recognition in a Southeastern Professional School of the Arts publication
Invitation to all events sponsored by Southeastern Professional School of the Arts
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Member ($250 – $499)
Annual recognition in a Southeastern Professional School of the Arts publication
VIP (Free Admission X Two) Invitation to all events sponsored by SPSA
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Contributor ($500 – $999)
Annual recognition in a Southeastern Professional School of the Arts publication
Bronze Class Card – 3 months of free classes in Southeastern School of Ballet’s Adult Open Division (Retail Value $360)
VIP (Free Admission X Two) Invitation to all SPSA-sponsored events
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Supporter ($1,000 – $2,499)
Annual recognition in a Southeastern Professional School of the Arts publicationSilver Class Card – 6 months of free classes in Southeastern School of Ballet’s Adult Open Division (Retail Value $720)
VIP (Free Admission X Four) Invitation to all SPSA-sponsored events
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Patron ($2,500 – $4,999)
Annual recognition in a Southeastern Professional School of the Arts publication
Gold Class Card – 12 months of free classes in Southeastern School of Ballet’s Adult Open Division (Retail Value $1,080)
VIP (Free Admission X Six) Invitation to all SPSA-sponsored events
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Corporate Level/Benefits

Dancer ($2,500–$4,999)
Recognition as a sponsor in press releases, advertisements and select marketing materials
Enrollment Discount – 5% off of enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet for One Year
VIP (Free Admission X Six) Invitation to all SPSA-sponsored events
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Instructor ($5,000–$9,999)
Recognition as a sponsor by press releases, advertisements, and other materials for the general public
Employee Discounts – 10% off of enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet for One Year
VIP (Free Admission X Eight) Invitation to all events sponsored by Southeastern Professional School of the Arts
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Choreographer ($10,000–$14,999)
A corporate contribution of $10,000 or more will provide your company with the opportunity to designate its gift to a specific fund, program or event.
Recognition as a sponsor by press releases, advertisements, and other materials for the general public
Employee Discounts – 15% off of enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet for One Year
VIP (Free Admission X Ten) Invitation to all events sponsored by Southeastern Professional School of the Arts
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Artistic Director ($15,000–$24,999)
A corporate contribution of $10,000 or more will provide your company with the opportunity to designate its gift to a specific fund, program or event.
Recognition as a sponsor by press releases, advertisements, and other materials for the general public
Employee Discounts – 25% off of enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet for One Year
VIP (Free Admission X Fifteen) Invitation to all events sponsored by Southeastern Professional School of the Arts
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam

Executive Director ($25,000 and above)
A corporate contribution of $10,000 or more will provide your company with the opportunity to designate its gift to a specific fund, program or event.
Recognition as a sponsor by press releases, advertisements, and other materials for the general public
Employee Discounts – 40% off of enrollment at Southeastern School of Ballet for One Year
VIP (Free Admission) Invitation to all events sponsored by Southeastern Professional School of the Arts
“Behind the Scenes: Training for a Dream” Invitation to Observation Exam
Unique client opportunities to interact with the Board of Directors of SPSA and the Faculty of Southeastern School of Ballet at post-performance events.




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