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Watching professionals perform leaves us inspired, with a sense of awe, but sometimes it is more fun to watch amateurs — people we know and who are willing to take a risk and perform. Spartanburg Ballet’s event So You Think You Can Dance brings the community to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Ten charities will perform in the dance competition.

“It is a fun, family-friendly event,” said Teresa Hough, executive director for Ballet Spartanburg. “It will have you out of your seat.”

The event is a fundraiser for Ballet Spartanburg and charities who participate in the dance competition. You can vote for your favorite charity online or by mail prior to the event. Votes are $10 each, and the charities keep all of the money raised from votes. Prior to performing, each charity will show a one-minute video explaining a little about what they do for the community.

Some of the event’s entertainment will include the City of Spartanburg Police performing “Jailhouse Rock,” Parkinson’s Dance will dance to “Coming to America” and the Hub City Animal Project will include dogs in their performance of “Who Let The Dogs Out.” Districts 1 and 7 will dance to songs from their upcoming theatrical productions. Other acts include Sidewalk Hope, Project Hope Foundation, The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate and the Charles Lea Center. Ballet Spartanburg will perform, but will not receive votes.

“Scene on 7” host Jamarcus Gaston will serve as MC for the evening.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapman Cultural Center theater, and tickets are $25 per person. VIP tickets are $65 and include hors d’oeuvres and beverages before the show. For more information or to vote for your favorite charity, go to www.balletspartanburg.org and click on the events tab.

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