The Nutcracker Project

Oct–Dec 2015
Program: six in-school workshops, teacher professional development session, NYCB student matinee performance
Grade levels: 3rd and 4th grade
Cost: $400 per class

The Nutcracker Project is designed to promote individual and group artistic expression inspired by themes, choreography, and music from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. NYCB Teaching Artists and classroom teachers engage students in interdisciplinary workshops and lessons, and all participants attend a live performance at Lincoln Center. The newly-revised curriculum focuses on active art-making, collaboration, and critical reflection through poetry and creative movement.



Our students were able to experience being in one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, watching one of the most famous dance companies in the world, in an artistic performance featuring one of the most reknowned musical scores. They were then able to extend that experience and make a connection to dance through their own performance. The exposure to this level of artistry will be a building block for them to refer to for the rest of their lives. — 3rd grade teacher, Manhattan

WATCH THIS VIDEO CHRONICLE OF ONE STUDENT'S EXPERIENCE AS PARTICIPANT IN NYCB'S NUTCRACKER PROJECT >




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