The Nutcracker Project


Oct – Dec 2019
Program: six in-school workshops, teacher professional development session, NYCB student matinee performance
Grade levels: 3rd and 4th grade
Cost: $450 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 of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® at Lincoln Center. The curriculum focuses on active art-making, collaboration, and critical reflection through poetry and creative movement.

"I saw my students’ enthusiasm grow, and their moods improve. I saw them become more confident not only with dancing, but with academics as well."—3rd Grade Teacher, Bronx

This program is currently at capacity for the 2019-20 school year. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will open in spring of 2020. For more information please email

Photo © Rosalie O'Connor