School Outreach

BalletNova Center for Dance offers outreach programming for K-12 students with specific curricula to fit individual program needs. For younger students, the focus is primarily on creative movement, in order to hone physical and creative skills. For the older student, different styles of dance are presented with emphases on both physical skill building and creative input. 

Longitudinal data of 25,000 students demonstrate that involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, more community service, and lower dropout rates. These cognitive and developmental benefits are reaped by students regardless of their socioeconomic status.*


BalletNova has specialized arts integration curricula weaving together elements of dance with academic subjects. By Bringing movement to areas such as language arts, math, science, and social studies, students experience topics on a kinesthetic level to enhance their learning. 

MOVE Community Engagement Program

(Motivation, Opportunity, Vitality, Empowerment)

Through school partnerships, workshops, and public performances, MOVE uses dance as a catalyst to empower children and motivate them towards excellence. The program is modeled after the well-respected National Dance Institute (NDI) program founded by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques D’Amboise. BalletNova is an official NDI Affiliate. We believe access to high quality arts education is integral to every child's education. Through MOVE we aim to deepen our engagement with our community and expect the program to open new horizons for children and families.  

MOVE is designed for elementary and middle school-aged children who are not required to have any previous dance training. There is no charge to the student - grant, corporate funds, and some school fees are sought to support the MOVE Program and keep it affordable for public schools. 

The pedagogy utilizes pedestrian movements all children are familiar with as a starting point to develop accessible and sophisticated choreography which transmit the students high energy and spirit. A key component of MOVE is live accompaniment during classes (piano, or percussion). MOVE programs can be designed as short 6 – 8 week residencies or as a full academic-year program with classes on a weekly basis.

Students who demonstrate particular affinity and interest in dance are invited to join a more advanced group called SuperNovas! The SuperNovas receive additional weekly classes (at no charge) and learn more complex choreography to be performed at the Fredgren Studio Theatre, and other free public performances. SuperNovas who demonstrate interest and potential for ballet training will be invited to join the BalletNova program on scholarship. 


BalletNova has a successful after-school program, designed to introduce students to a dance class environment and to encourage a love of activity and expression. The aim is to develop kinesthetic senses by exploring movement through music, developing physical skills, enhancing physical coordination, channeling energy, stimulating imagination and encouraging creativity. Classes will direct and expand physical, cognitive, sensory motor, emotional and social capacities of children through dance-based activities. A student’s visual perception and sequential learning skills should be greatly strengthened.

The semester length can be adjusted to fit your school’s schedule. Classes typically meet once a week for 8-10 weeks per semester. Session culminates with a sharing of skills learned with parents on the last class of the semester.

Our Teaching Artist will:

  • Provide structure in order to help children build confidence and find security in which to explore
  • Develop a routine so that students gain security and comfort from familiar activities and music
  • Introduce and develop fundamental dance movement skills
  • Assist students in developing spatial and self-awareness
  • Encourage a love of moving and increase overall physical coordination

BalletNova offers a variety of levels and styles from beginner to advanced in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Modern dance.

* (source: NEA Office of Research and Analysis (Catterall 2012); Arts Education Partnership (Deasy 2002); Americans for the Arts (Heath 1998).