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Education Programs

Education Programs

With its vast and unique history of showcasing diverse American artists and traditional works, American Ballet Theatre’s rich classical repertoire is the cornerstone for creating lasting cultural and learning possibilities.

Partnering with schools and local organizations, ABT provides an array of accessible opportunities to experience world-class repertory and artistry. Aligned with our mission to bring the magic of ballet to the widest audience possible, programs are designed to introduce the classical repertoire and a proficiency in movement vocabulary. We are committed to bringing the best in dance to all. Through single or multi-day workshops, the strength of our engagement lies in the individually designed lesson plans that cater to the needs of each individual classroom or community.

Education Programs Statistics

students reached through ABT's education programs over the past ten years
students (K-12) served in New York City's diverse communities
states have brought ABT educational engagement programs to their schools
schools have received tickets to attend ABT performances at the Metropolitan Opera House or other special performances

Make a Ballet

The centerpiece of American Ballet Theatre’s education and outreach initiatives is its award-winning Make a Ballet program. Helping to meet the need for arts education in underserved schools and communities, this model program also introduces students to all aspects of the creative and administrative theatrical experience.

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Programs for NYC Schools

Integral to the mission of American Ballet Theatre is the ambition to bring the magic of ballet to the widest possible audience through world-class performances and educational programming.

ABT is proud to offer world-class dance and design residency programs for students of varying ages and abilities. We also proudly provide over 5,000 complimentary tickets to Spring season performances at the Metropolitan Opera House through our ticket distribution program for New York City public schools.

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Photo: Sharon Navre

Residency Programs

American Ballet Theatre proudly offers world-class artist-in-residency programs to schools in New York City and across the country. We offer residencies in dance-making, choreography and design. We serve grades K-12, and our residency programs are tailored to suit each school’s needs.

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Ticket Distribution

Each year, ABT distributes thousands of complimentary tickets to New York City public schools, for use by their students and families. Tickets are distributed free of charge to schools enrolled in our programs. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Programs for Private Schools

Ballet for the New Audience (BNA) is ABT’s program for private schools: a workshop series to promote, educate and develop young audiences grades Pre-K through 6. Through three interactive workshops, students explore dance vocabulary, choreography, music and design inspired by a piece of ABT repertoire. The workshop culminates in a field trip to ABT’s rehearsals studios.

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"I want to thank you for the time you spent with my students in our dance classroom. Your visits never fail to inspire, encourage, and challenge the students. You leave us with much knowledge gained and curiosity about what else there is to learn. The partnership we have with ABT truly enriches the curriculum and offers the students experiences that they would not find elsewhere."

- Sharon Navre, Dance Educator , MS 158 Q

"These experiences are most critical for our Second Language Learners especially in developing their oral language skills. All students exposed to these great programs can learn valuable skills in the areas of critical thinking, creative problem solving and social interaction, and these skills are essential to insure future success. The presence of a world-class institution in our local schools is not only inspiring but also adds real benefits to much-needed arts education."

- Amy Hom, Princicpal , PS 1 M

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