PBT in Your Classroom

The power of the arts can be truly transformative – inspiring creativity, sparking curiosity and connecting people and ideas.

Expose your students to the performing arts and connect classroom concepts with the language of dance. PBT offers a variety of educational classroom programs that blend movement concepts with storytelling, vocabulary building, science and math. Plus, educators benefit from additional activity guides and resources to strength the connection with regular classroom curriculum.


“In Step” Instructional Performances

“In Step with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre” is a series of instructional, performance-based programs that introduces learners of all ages to the art of ballet through a presentation in the classroom or at PBT Studios. Resource guides are available for each program. PBT connects with more than 2,000 students annually through these instructional performances.

Call the Education Department at 412.454.9105 or email csalgado@pittsburghballet.org for more information and to reserve your program today.

Ballet FUNdamentals (Pre-K and Grades 1-2)

Designed for children in Pre-K through Grade 2, this interactive program takes place in your classroom and gives young children a chance to meet and talk with a dancer. Ballet FUNdamentals may involve a ballet-related story, a hands-on opportunity with ballet and pointe shoes, and firsthand experience with the five basic positions of the feet and arms, all resulting in a lot of FUN! Ballet FUNdamentals can also be adapted for older students and adults. Cost is $125 or $175 for back-to-back programs.

In Step (Grades 3-12)

This up-close look at the training of aspiring ballet dancers provides a deeper understanding of ballet performance by examining “tools of the trade,” such as pointe shoes and costumes, elements of the theater and the athleticism of dancers. This 35-to-45-minute program for grades 3-12 is designed to fit into one class period. Cost is $175 plus travel expenses.

Preschool Discover Dance (Ages 3-5)

Designed for 3 to 5 year olds, the 30-minute Preschool Discover Dance provides an age-appropriate performance interspersed with interactive instruction on choreography, costumes, shoes and props. The session also includes a creative movement component for children. Preschool Discover Dance programs may take place at your location or for an extra-special outing at PBT Studios.

Requirements: 30′ X 20′ performance space without carpeting. Minimum 45, maximum 100 attendees.
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Residency Programs

Residency programs are extended encounters with dance inspired by curricular themes and topics that students and teachers are currently exploring in the classroom. Residencies may be as few as four in-school visits or as many as you would like! Our professional teaching artists draw on their backgrounds in dance and arts integration to instruct all of our residencies. We tailor each residency to the needs of individual classrooms and schools and align content with PDE Academic Standards and national standards for dance and the arts.

Interested in booking a residency at your school? Contact Christina Salgado, director of education and community engagement, at 412-454-9105 or csalgado@pittsburghballet.org for more information.