Joyce Theater

The Joyce's school programs reach over 2000 students and teachers through partnerships with New York City metropolitan area schools.

Through The Joyce's Dance Education Program for Schools, over 2,000 students and teachers across the New York City metropolitan area attend the Theater each year. Our approach to aesthetic education builds on the innate curiosity of children and promotes student-centered learning by exploring interactive methods that promote an open-ended exchange of ideas and engage a specific set of skills including: creative thinking, observation and perception, problem-solving, peer-to-peer learning and deep questioning.

Components of our program include:

Performances for Study

Through aesthetic education and inquiry-based learning strategies, the dance education program is designed to foster an understanding of dance through the study of specific dance works that appear onstage at the Theater. The New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and the New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts are used as guidelines for classroom work. Our approach to aesthetic education builds on the innate curiosity of children and promotes student-centered learning. A Resource and Reference Guide accompanies every Performance for Study.

Teaching Artists

The Joyce teaching artists enjoy working with children and are among the most skilled and qualified professionals with whom classroom teachers collaborate to create engaging study units.

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers and Administrators

Hands-on activities and experiential learning are paired with theory-based methodologies for teachers to integrate into their classroom as they make curricular connections and instill high-quality arts education by linking teaching and learning standards.

Additional Offerings

Other opportunities offered by School & Family Programs include the very popular Educators’ Night Out, a subscription to the department E-newsletter, and special performance opportunities.


For more information, contact Heather McCartney, Director of School & Family Programs at or 212-727-0169.

The Joyce Theater's School & Family Program at work in a classroom at PS 174.