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The mission of New York City Center Education is to ignite an appreciation of the performing arts, cultivate the creative mind and create a culture of inquiry and exploration. Committed to drawing inspiration from works on the mainstage, New York City Center Education strives to provide innovative, accessible arts education to schools and communities across New York City.

Each year City Center reaches over 9,000 students from NYC public and private schools, kindergarten to grade 12, through dance and musical theater performances and in-school performance workshops. In-depth residencies engage young people in building technical and expressive skills, personal voice, and collaborative spirit. Residencies culminate with student showcases of works-in-progress in the schools and at City Center’s studios. Master classes and open rehearsals are offered to mature dance students. Innovative workshops are crafted for families, seniors, and other special groups that express an interest in collaborating with City Center.

Click here to support City Center’s Education Programs

Click here to see the 2016-2017 NYCC Education Season

Download City Center Opens the Door to Dance (PDF)

Download Encores! In Schools: A Musical Theater Education (PDF)

Ailey II School-Time Matinee Social Story

We are so excited to host your students for the Ailey II School-Time Matinees on December 6th and 8th at 11 am! Watching our Social Story with your class is a great way to prepare students for their trip to City Center and their Ailey experience.

Questions? Please contact us at or (212) 763-1221.


Coach New York
Bobbie and Lew Frankfort
The Jerome L. Greene Foundation
The Pasculano Foundation
Nathalie and Pablo Salame

The Walt Disney Company
The William and Dewey Edelman Charitable Trust
The Gilder Foundation
The Peter Loeb Arts Education Endowment
Abraham Perlman Foundation
Paula and Ira Resnick
The Ida and William Rosenthal Foundation
The Travelers Companies, Inc. Anonymous


Bobbie Frankfort, Chair
Cathy Brawer    Kevin Bott    Victoria Clark    Katie Glasner
Samantha Sandler    Paul Spivey    Dolores Wharton    Lisa Witten    Barbara Zalaznick


New York City Center is a City-owned facility and is supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Department of  Education, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York State Assembly Members Richard N. Gottfried and Helene E. Weinstein, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and New York City Council Members Dan Garodnick and Helen Rosenthal.
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