The Company

Education & Outreach

Carolina Ballet is committed to bringing arts education and appreciation to a wide student audience throughout the state of North Carolina. The Ballet has developed multiple educational outreach programs that strive to reach school audiences in a variety of ways. We believe that arts education is a vital component of children’s learning as well as an important mission of our company.

Grow Up Great with the Arts
Supported by the PNC Foundation
Grow Up Great with the Arts is a collaboration between Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Museum of Art, which brings intensive arts integration experiences to Pre-K students in the Wake County Public School System. The program provides classrooms with nine weeks of creative movement lessons with a teaching artist from Carolina Ballet and nine weeks of visual arts lessons with a teaching artist from the Museum. Students engage in meaningful learning activities and teachers gain new instructional strategies for integrating the arts into their classrooms. View more information.

Dancers in Schools
This engaging one hour program exposes students to the world of professional ballet. Two Company dancers from Carolina Ballet share what it takes to be a professional dancer and what their day is like. Students learn basic ballet movements, watch a short performance, and get to perform themselves! The program focuses on healthy living and links dance to math, science, social studies, and physical education. Teachers will receive educational materials prior to the program that connect with classroom learning before and after the program. View more information.

Student Matinees
Each season, Carolina Ballet invites students to join us for special educational matinees. Students experience fully-produced performances of world-class ballet with elaborate costumes and scenery – a magical experience they will never forget! Prior to the performance, teachers receive educational materials, developed by our team of outstanding educators, which connect the performance with classroom learning and focus on North Carolina learning standards. View more information.

Dance Integration Residencies
Our bodies are powerful learning tools. Carolina Ballet’s in-school residencies bring teaching artists into classrooms for one week to integrate creative movement into the curriculum. Our educators work with classroom teachers to develop residencies that meet students’ needs. The lessons explore content area topics – in science, literacy, math, and more – using movement-based activities. View more information.

Master Classes
Dance educators can bring a Carolina Ballet Company dancer to their school to lead a weeklong master class in ballet technique and performance. View more information.

Teacher Workshops
We provide professional development workshops for educators interested in utilizing the arts as a learning tool in the classrooms. Teacher workshops integrate Carolina Ballet’s performances into the core curriculum and provide teachers with tools and strategies for arts integration. View more information.