The Company

Grow Up Great With The Arts

Developed with the Support of the PNC Foundation



Carolina Ballet is honored to be a part of PNC’s Grow Up Great early childhood initiative. The Ballet’s program Grow Up Great with the Arts is currently in its second year. This initiative is a collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Wake County Public School System’s Office of Early Learning. The Ballet and Museum bring creative movement and visual arts experiences into Title I Pre-K classrooms to enrich the learning and school readiness of high-need students. This year, the program will reach over 250 students in fourteen classrooms throughout Wake County.

The Ballet’s nine-week creative movement residency brings dance teaching artists into classrooms to work closely with teachers and students. Creative movement fosters a variety of early academic skills and provides all students a new way to access knowledge. The curriculum is designed to help students develop literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, social, and motor skills. In addition, the program provides educators with new instructional strategies and support in using the arts as a teaching tool.


The creative movement residency curriculum is based upon the Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and was designed to complement what teachers are already doing in their classrooms. The program uses developmentally appropriate creative movement activities to explore real-world topics in depth. Students are actively engaged throughout each lesson, which follows a consistent routine. Lessons include an introduction, warm-up, and several focus activities, before ending with a “ballet bow” that introduces elements of pre-ballet and serves as a closing.

“I love kinesthetic learning and this takes it to an even better level… with creative movement they are able to express themselves. It also works on 21st century skills. I like that we introduced real life things into the lessons.” –GUGA Participating Teacher

"This program challenged me to leave my comfort zone. I enjoy moving and dancing with my students, and I now feel like I have a way to make movement activities more purposeful to teach and reinforce different concepts." - GUGA Participating Teacher

This program is supported by the PNC Foundation.