NYCB in the Classroom

Engaging, enlightening, and inspiring New York City public school communities through the exploration of New York City Ballet's history and artistry.

Students and educators learn how ballet is an accessible art form relevant to their daily lives in New York City Ballet’s in-school residency programs. Aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, these programs promote student-centered, experiential, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Our professional dance educators work with classroom teachers to incorporate the arts into literacy and learning.

Partner with Us

New York City Ballet is committed to being an integral part of the educational growth of young people in New York City public schools. By working together to create high quality and lasting arts-based experiences, we foster creative learning and cultivate vibrant school communities while sharing the rich cultural legacy of New York City Ballet.

Partner with us for a curriculum-based introduction to the world of ballet. We work directly with classroom teachers to help integrate the arts into everyday learning. Each program includes multiple in-school workshops led by NYCB teaching artists and a field trip to see New York City Ballet in performance at our home at Lincoln Center. Before the start of the program, classroom teachers participate in a day-long professional development workshop in order to prepare for a successful residency.


2019-20 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®.

Project Ballet
This program invites 3rd – 5th grade students to learn about inspiration as a vehicle for creating art.

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