The Joyce Theater Foundation has had a strong commitment to education through the art of dance since its founding in 1982. The Joyce Theater’s Dance Education Program for Schools always viewed our 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.
A national leader in dance education with a strong commitment to community engagement, our program fosters an understanding of dance, dance aesthetics, and encourages the imagination. This year through our virtual dance education series, Joyce dance education is now available to students in public, independent, and charter schools located across the country!
The Joyce Dance Education Program for Schools returns with a series of live and virtual dance experiences available directly to smartboards, laptops, and desktop computers, and features six beloved companies for you and your students (grades 1-12) to enjoy just a click away. We are ready to dance again and want you to join us! Our teaching artists have adapted their strategies to make online digital learning engaging.
The 2021 season features an exciting and varied line-up of dance companies available for residencies and more. The combination of live and digital content offers the flexibility you need. Have your students explore the artistic ideas in dance composition with a teaching artist using our inquiry-based approach, and then talk directly to dancers and choreographers about the dance work, ask questions about training, career paths, and lots more!
"Teaming up with an experienced teaching artist allows the teacher to share ideas and execute the lesson more efficiently and thoroughly. Students are able to be helped one on one. Students gain different perspectives by hearing information from different teachers. All of the lessons, discussions, and feedback are valuable."
- Jan Ford (Teacher, MS K228)
"Some of the classes struggled with communicating non-verbally, but they were able to move their bodies through a story they created. They really understood the story of the performance. They asked some great questions, which stemmed a few great conversations."
- Cary McWilliam (Teaching Artist)
For more information contact: DanceEduction@joyce.org or call 212.727.0169
We look forward to the day when we can greet young dance-lovers and grown-ups back to The Joyce Theater to experience renowned companies together and to enjoy a special opportunities and activities that follow Family Matinee performances. Until then check out the options below to keep you thinking about dance and having fun at home.
Check here for the latest edition of Ms. Heather’s Kids’ Picks filled with music choices by D.J. MizzMac, book and video recommendations, and links to cool sites.
Now’s your chance to visit dance venues around New York City by downloading our NYC Dance Venues
Coloring Pages, fun for any age. Learn fun facts about dance spaces found in each borough. Try to figure out how to get to the world famous Apollo Theater through Apollo’s Maze, and see how many dance words you can find in the dancing word search. The coloring pages are the result of a collaborative project created by Joyce student interns!
Are ready to try our Dance Challenge with Brenna? Learn a little choreography to the BTS song “Moon”. Challenge your friends to do it with you. Once you’ve got it, share it with us and we might share it on our Instagram page!