"In Boston, we have defined arts education as a part of a quality education for all students. Our focus on expanding high-quality, equitably distributed arts learning opportunities for our young people is a key piece of our agenda to transform our schools. The BPS and its partners are making this a reality."
- Carol Johnson, former Boston Public Schools Superintendent and driver of the Arts Expansion Initiative
BalletRox/Boston Public School (BPS) Program
BalletRox runs in-school and after-school dance programs at Boston Public School (BPS) sites throughout the city. In 2016-2017, BalletRox ran dance programs in three BPS schools:
- Curley School, Jamaica Plain, grades K1-8
- Mather Elementary, Dorchester, grades K1-1
- Hennigan K-8, Jamaica Plain, grades K2-8
With support from Edvestors, these year-long programs provide arts-integrated dance curriculum to over 600 BPS students each year.
Each year, BalletRox works closely with BPS and Edvestors to determine those schools and students which are in most need of arts programming. Working together, we design individualized programs best suited to a particular school’s needs, integrating with, and connecting to, the academic curriculum and community cultures. Programs are age and grade appropriate, sequential in learning based on City, State, and National Standards for Dance, and carefully aligned to BPS learning standards. Students with special needs participate in all programs.
At the elementary level, year-long programs follow school curriculum, incorporating curriculum such as science (animals, earth), math (counting concepts), and literacy (creating moving stories). Exploration of local, regional, and world cultures is incorporated into classwork and performances.
Middle School Curriculum explores Latin American dance forms and the history of North American dance forms such as Native American Folkloric dance, tap, jazz, modern and post-modern dance, and hip hop. Within these genres of movement, students visualize, verbalize and mobilize concepts. Sessions include the study of dance history, discussion of current events in dance, independent choreography, journaling, and performance opportunities.
For information about how to bring a BalletRox dance program to your school, contact us at [email protected] or fill out the form below: