Joyce Theater

The Joyce Theater Foundation has had a strong commitment to education through the art of dance since its founding in 1982.  Our Dance Education Program for Schools has always viewed The Joyce Theater as an extension of the classroom. Through our unique collaboration among schools, the Theater, and dance companies from around the world, the program is specifically designed to foster an understanding of dance among students 1st–12th grade; to encourage the development of students’ perceptions and imaginations; and to integrate the arts into classroom learning.

As a national leader in dance education with a strong commitment to community engagement, our education program fosters an understanding of dance, dance aesthetics, and encourages the imagination.  Through our in-person and livestream series, Joyce dance education is now available to students in public, independent, and charter schools located across the country!  For information on how to register contact:

  • Click here to see a few examples of student compositions responding to viewing The Envelope choreographed by David Parsons.
  • Check out Ms. Heather’s Kids’ Picks! A curation of music, books, videos, web links and more by Heather McCartney, Director of Dance Education & Family Programs.
  • Check out Akira's Teen Picks 2021. Curated by our Dance Education & Family Programs Intern Akira Guevara, her teen picks curation is dedicated to the next generation of change-makers.
  • Our school programs reach over 2,000 students and teachers through partnerships with New York City metropolitan area schools.
  • Our Family Matinees create opportunities for young people to attend age-appropriate Joyce performances.

Health & Safety Protocols

This school year let us all safely Get Closer to Dance!  All Joyce Theater teaching artists visiting your school will and must comply with all protocol and precautions in accordance with your school, the New York City Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, and The Joyce Theater. 

For more information contact: or call 212.727.0169

Funding Credits


The Joyce’s Dance Education & Family Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

Lead support for The Joyce's Dance Education Program Live-Streaming Pilot Project has been provided by GKV Charitable Foundation. Key support for The Joyce’s Dance Education Program for Schools has been provided by Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and In Motion. 

Special program support has been provided by Con Edison and SLA Foundation.