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Established in 1991, our renowned Citydance program provides a tuition free explorative platform for over 3,000 Boston Public School third grade students to grow in foundational dance technique and establish a life-long journey of curiosity, creativity, and self-expression. 

ACT I: Fall for Dance Workshop (September-December)  

Boston Ballet School faculty members travel to public school classrooms and lead students in a 60-minute interactive movement workshop. Students learn about various movement styles and elements of dance and performance, including:  

  • Musicality  
  • Costumes 
  • Choreography 
  • Expression through movement  

All curriculums are aligned with city, state, and national dance education standards and developed to help integrate the arts with core academic curriculum and learning standards. 


ACT II: Dance Discovery (January-April) 

One day a week, students receive 90 minutes of dance instruction including a 45 minute “Dance Discovery” class and a 45 minute “Introduction to Ballet” class.  

“Dance Discovery” offers exposure to a variety of movement forms including modern, flamenco, Chinese fan dance, hip hop, and afro-Haitian. Our “Introduction to Ballet” class provides students with an overview of ballet technique and vocabulary and is meant to prepare students to continue their arts education journey during our BBS School Year programming.  

Bring Citydance to your school!

Registration for Act I must be completed by each third-grade classroom teacher and begins in July.

Boston Public School Principals, School Site Coordinators, and teachers interested in participating in Citydance should contact community@bostonballet.org.

Citydance is a free program.