On School Time

For over sixty years the New Jersey Ballet has presented this program to young people – introducing, explaining, and demonstrating the excitement of today’s most universally appreciated art from.

 

Whether offering students their first experience of professional dance or providing them an opportunity to examine the art in more depth, New Jersey Ballet’s program adds a unique dimension to the cultural education of our state’s young people.  In the process creating a very special audience, consisting of thousands of students, ages 5 to 18, who have seen the Company’s educational programs.

Program 1 - Introduction to Dance

Lecture/Demonstration
Appropriate for Grades K-12
Content and pacing are tailored to the ages and needs of the audience.
Time: One Hour

Training of a Dancer
This program demonstrates the dancer's daily exercises to piano accompaniment.  Some dance history is provided, and comparisons are made with various sports familiar to the students.

Audience Participation
Students try some of the dancers' moves.

Excerpt for Company Repertory
The magic comes together in a short excerpt from the repertory presented in full costume with fully orchestrated taped accompaniment.

Question & Answer
Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their reactions to the program.

Program 2 - Follow-Up Introduction to Dance

​Lecture/Demonstration
Appropriate for Grades K-12
Content and pacing are tailored to the ages and needs of the audience.
Time: One Hour

Explorations of Dance Style & Technique
Building on Program 1, the students are introduced to the wide variety of styles of ballet including classical, contemporary, and jazz.  The magic doesn't just happen: necessary backstage support - costumes, makeup, etc. - is also explored.

Excerpt for Company Repertory
The magic comes together in a short excerpt from the repertory presented in full costume with fully orchestrated taped accompaniment.

Question & Answer
Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their reactions to the program.

What Educators Say About On School Time Programs

It is at least a part of the school's job to participate in the great enterprise of preserving and passing on what is best in our heritage - and in doing it in such a way that the dis who pass through the school not only come to appreciate and value that heritage, but are perhaps inspired to add to it.
- Barbara Cohen, Messenger Gazette

It was the best assembly I have seen in 19 years as a student and 3 years as a teacher.
- Sunnymead School, Somerville

It was fascinating and beautiful and certainly geared to the K through 8 audience!  All of us were enthralled, and we learned a great deal.
- Bedminster PTO