City Center in Schools

City Center in Schools Intro


Infusing musical theater and dance into classrooms across New York City

Enjoy an engaging, curriculum-enhancing study of the performing arts with Workshops and Residencies, led by a roster of exemplary teaching artists. In addition to pre-designed programs that connect directly to City Center’s season of musical theater and dance performances, we collaborate with classroom teachers to create custom multi-session residency programs that help integrate performing arts into the school day. 

Become a Partner School with a Workshop or Residency and Enjoy:

  • Free and low-cost tickets to student matinees featuring world-class dance and musical theater artists.
  • Affordable, customizable, imaginative in-class instruction by our trained teaching artists
  • Behind the Curtain Guide study guides, offering tailored activities, historical and contextual background, and career spotlights for every production
Workshops Block

Workshops directly connect to a City Center student matinee, introduced by in-depth instructional lessons led by a dedicated teaching artist. Our workshop offerings are the perfect activations to help students prepare and reflect on the performance, and spark creativity in the classroom beyond the performance.  

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Workshops Content

Workshop Offerings

All workshops include two sessions, scheduled at your school before and after the performance. In addition to customizable, in-class instruction, we also provide digital, interactive Behind the Curtain study guides with tailored activities, historical and contextual background, and career spotlights for every production.

RAGTIME (Grades 6 – 12)
Oct – Nov 2024

AILEY II (Grades 3 – 12)
Nov – Dec 2024

Encores! URINETOWN (Grades 6 – 12)
Jan – Feb 2025

BALLET HISPÁNICO (Grades 3 – 12)
May – Jun 2025

Workshops include two sessions per classroom in the weeks before and after the student matinee.

2 – 3 classrooms: $350 per classroom
4 – 5 classrooms: $225 per classroom
6 or more classrooms: $200 per classroom

Financial subsidy is available to qualifying schools to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation.

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Be the first to sign up for full registration in August!

Residencies Block

Residencies offer students a deeper experience of the performing arts over the course of a semester, and center around a specific performance or performing arts discipline.

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Residencies Content

Residency Offerings

Dance Styles
Grades 3 – 12
Students discover the styling, history, and culture of a dance form while collaborating to create an original number. Dance styles include jazz, street dance, tap dance, modern, and flamenco.

Musical Theater Revivals
Grades 3 – 12
Students learn about the process of creating a musical theater revival while adapting their own scene from an Encores! production. Residencies focus on the choreography, music, acting, and themes within the productions and give students opportunities to create something together.

Designing for the Stage
Grades 3 – 12
Students discover more about the off-stage career pathways through hands-on programming in various design fields, including Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Sound Design.

Performance Prep
Grades K – 12
Are your students working on a play, concert, or other performance event this year? We can help! This customizable residency program invites our professional teaching artists into your classroom or studio for additional support in preparation for an upcoming concert, graduation, or other school event.

Residency Costs

(minimum 2 classrooms per school)

4 sessions for $1,600 per classroom
Develop awareness of the chosen dance or musical theater subject matter, culminating in an in-classroom sharing.

7 sessions for $2,730 per classroom
Build understanding of fundamental elements of stage performance and theatrical design, culminating in an in-classroom presentation.

10 sessions for $3,800 per classroom
Deepen the understanding of stage performance and theatrical design, including a visiting guest artist or creative team member, and culminating in a lecture-demonstration or small-scale performance.

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Be the first to sign up for full registration in August!