Arts in Education


Since 1984, Battery Dance has crafted arts education programs that meet the individual needs of elementary, middle schools, and high schools in all boroughs of New York City. Battery has served over 200,000 students to date, with a special emphasis placed on teaching “at-risk” youth.

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The Company engages in highly innovative partnerships with schools to develop programs tailored to the needs of their students. Battery’s programs offer opportunities for an entire school to experience the excitement and richness of live dance performance, as well as providing inspirational hands-on training, coaching and mentoring. In many cases, long-term interactive arts-in-education residency projects have been implemented.

 Battery Dance implements both long-term and short-term interactive arts-in-education residency projects that:

– Provide a hands-on, sequentially-designed dance program incorporating Common Core standards;

– Offer training, coaching and mentoring  for students of all abilities with or without prior dance experience;

– Encourage students to develop their own artistic voices through the techniques and art form of choreography;

– Foster collaboration and team-building while strengthening students’ conceptual and problem-solving skills and critical thinking ability;

Current and Past Schools

Bishop Ford High School

Bronx Dance Academy School

Curtis High School

Earth School

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Gramercy Arts High School

High School of Economics & Finance

High School for Language and Diplomacy

International High School at Union Square

I.S. 49, District 14 – Brooklyn

I.S. 59 – Queens

I.S. 162 – Bronx

I.S. 318, District 14 – Brooklyn

Millennium High School

M.S. 51 – William Alexander Middle School

M.S. 177 – Yorkville Middle School

P.S. 75 – The Mayda Cortiella School

P.S. 90 – Edna Cohen School

P.S. 104

P.S. 139

P.S. 195Q

P.S. 257

P.S. 264 – Bay Ridge Elementary

P.S. 376Q 

P.S. 481 – The STEAM Bridge School

Salk School of Science

Thomas Edison High School

Union Square Academy of Health Sciences

Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

Washington Irving High School

Program Offerings

College Partnership Program

Program: Battery Dance is pleased to announce its College Partnership Program involving collaborations with Vassar College, Pace University, and Queensborough Community College.

Students at each institution will explore the ways in which dance can create social impact in communities at home and abroad, utilizing the pedagogical techniques of Battery Dance’s acclaimed “Dancing to Connect” methodology.  Working side by side in teams with Battery Dance’s professional teaching artists, they will lead workshops with local high school students, employing the stepping stones for creating trust and engendering creativity, self-esteem and teamwork skills.  Equipped with these skills, college dance students will gain a marketable skill that can supplement their careers as performers and choreographers while fulfilling their desire to bring positive change to communities. Click here for more information.

Dancing to Connect 360

Appropriate for grades 9 -12

Program: A fully immersive series of activities that incorporates many of the below programs plus more. Designed to give students at select schools year round access to dance education and to connect students to all that Battery Dance does.

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Dancing to Connect

Appropriate for grades 9 -12

Program: 5 days of sequential workshops with 10-25 students per group with culminating performance including Battery Dance performance

Optional: Theme may be tied to academic subject areas of history, world studies, science, the environment, literature, and art

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Dance Classes

Appropriate for grades 2 -12

Program: Sequential or single classes in modern, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, salsa, and/or improvisation for up to 30 students per class


In-School Performance

Appropriate for grades 2 -12

Program: Battery Dance full company performance

Optional: Lecture demonstration combining dance performance and commentary that is adapted to address issue areas of relevance to the school

International Artist Lecture/Demonstration

Appropriate for grades 2 -12

Program: International guest artist demonstrates foreign choreography and lectures on life in foreign countries

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New York Season Free Matinee Performances

Open to all K-12 Students

In addition to direct instructional services such as dance classes and creative choreography workshops, Battery Dance exposes students of all ages to its fully-staged productions. As part of our mission to make the arts accessible to all, we invite all students participating in dance residencies to see Battery’s performances for free or at hugely discounted rates (the most expensive tickets are $5). Specially organized student matinees are scheduled to fit the school year calendar. Educational program guides, performance moderation and Q/A sessions enrich the critical and analytical skills of students.

Next Matinee Performance:

Date: March 9, 2023 at 11 AM

Location: New York Live Arts


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