NYCB in the Classroom

Programs to engage, enlighten, and inspire diverse school communities through the exploration of New York City Ballet's history, artistry, and cultural aesthetic.


With our curricular school programs, students and educators learn how ballet is an accessible art form relevant to their daily lives. Based on the Common Core State Standards and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, these programs promote student-centered, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning facilitated by professional dance educators.

Why partner with New York City Ballet?
It is our commitment to be an integral part of the quality and growth for the educational lives of the New York City youth. By working together to create strong and lasting arts-based experiences that foster creative learning in all subjects, we hope to cultivate vibrant school communities, while sharing the rich cultural legacy of New York City Ballet.

Partner your school with New York City Ballet for a curriculum-based introduction to the world of ballet. Each program consists of multiple in-school workshops facilitated by a NYCB Teaching Artist, as well as a visit to see the New York City Ballet in performance at our home in Lincoln Center. Classroom teachers from partner schools participate in Professional Development workshops with NYCB Teaching Artists and professionals in the field of dance education in order to prepare for a successful residency.

2013 – 14 Residency Programs


Ballet Tales
This program, offered to students in grades 1 – 2, promotes dancemaking and literacy.

The Nutcracker Project
Available to students in grades 3 – 4, this interdisciplinary program allows students to foster artistic expression through the lens of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

Ballet Bridges Elementary School
This dancemaking program for grades 3 – 5 bridges the gap between ballet and other academic disciplines.

Ballet Bridges Middle School
Designed to create connections between dance and visual art, this dancemaking program is offered to students in grades 6 – 8.

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