AT A GLANCE
Grades served: 5th-8th
Total served in-school: 170
Schools served: Chester A. Arthur School, Conwell Middle Magnet School, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), Juniata Park Academy, Pan American Academy Charter School, Julia de Burgos Elementary School, KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy
Founded 22 years ago through a partnership between Pennsylvania Ballet and the Delphi Project Foundation of Reliance Standard Life Insurance, this program provides a unique after-school experience for students from underserved local middle schools. The program, one of Pennsylvania Ballet’s longest running and most successful, is specifically designed to deliver meaningful cultural experiences that positively impact behavior and community interactions, and help students discover a passion for the arts and explore future possibilities.
This school-based program includes after-school dance classes, visits to Pennsylvania Ballet dress rehearsals and performances, and concludes with a student showcase in which all participating schools join together for a collaborative performance. Each school participates in classes in various forms of dance including classical ballet, jazz, Latin, African dance, and hip-hop, and a literary component guides and encourages students to write dance-inspired pieces. All components of Let’s Dance! are offered free of charge.