A national leader in dance education with a strong commitment to community engagement, The Joyce Theater becomes an extension of the classroom with our unique collaboration among schools, the Theater, and dance companies from around the world. Our school-time programming is open to K-12th grade students in public, private and charter schools located in the New York City metropolitan area.
Designed as a key tool for arts integration in the classroom, our program fosters an understanding of dance, dance aesthetics and encourages the imagination. We continue our commitment to engage diverse audiences through partnerships with community and social service organizations, including the DreamYard Project, El Puente Bushwick, and The Hudson Guild.
School programs reach over 2000 students and teachers through partnerships with New York City metropolitan area schools.
Family Matinees create opportunities for young people to attend age-appropriate Joyce performances.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-727-0169.
The Joyce Theater's School & Family Program at work in a classroom at PS 174.
Serious dance becomes seriously fun with this season's family-oriented series. The Joyce invites young audiences and grown-ups to experience renowned companies together and to enjoy a special opportunity to meet the artists following the performance.
One of The Joyce Theater’s most popular offerings, these matinees—featuring family-friendly performances followed by special opportunities to meet the artists—are designed to create exciting overtures to dance.
Tickets are $10 for kids, and if they see three or more family matinees available in a particular season, they automatically become Joyce Junior Members and save 40% on the price of their tickets — $10 reduced to $6. Kids (ages 6-14) must be accompanied by an adult.
Join us in the lobby during intermission and/or after the performance for special activities designed to spark creativity, encourage dialogue, and provide lasting memories of the companies presented at the Theater.