Ballet Tales

Oct–Dec 2015 or Jan–Apr 2016
Program: eight in-school workshops, teacher professional development session, NYCB student matinee performance
Grade levels: 1st and 2nd grade
Cost: $500 per class

Encourage your students to explore dance as a form of communication through the integration of writing and movement activities. Participating classes write their own story and work with a NYCB Teaching Artist to transform their written words to movement over the course of eight in-school workshops. Students focus on the importance of elements such as character, setting, and plot in both writing and dance. Ballet Tales contributes to a greater understanding of how storytelling through dance can transcend the components of text, movement, and music, and culminates in a performance of student choreographed work. Participating classes attend a live performance at Lincoln Center.

The residency was wonderful! It really estabished a sense of community in the classroom and brought us together as a team. It taught the children resiliency and exposed them to a beauty and culture they wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise. — 2nd grade teacher, Brooklyn


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