The School

Ballet Tech, the NYC Public School for Dance, provides its students with a high quality academic education and intensive, rigorous classical dance training.

Ballet Tech – a collaboration between the NYC Department of Education and the Ballet Tech Foundation – combines the best of public education and professional arts instruction. Students in the Lower and Middle Schools (grades 4-8) study both academics and dance on-site at 890 Broadway. High School students attend the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Midtown for their academic classes and BT for their dance training.

At a Glance

  • Enrollment: 178 Students
  • Academic Faculty: 11 (Grades 4 – 8)
  • Dance Faculty: 12
  • Average Class Size: 22
  • Ballet Tech has been designated a “Rewards School” by the New York State Education Department – Ballet Tech students’ test scores rank in the top 20% in the state.
  • 89% of 8th graders took the 2017 Algebra I Regents Exam and 100% of them passed it.

The Lower School

Grades 4 & 5

Ballet Tech’s Lower School welcomes students into a learning environment that promotes student engagement, fosters strong work habits, and facilitates high-level critical thinking. During their first two years of dance training, students are introduced to the fundamental principles of classical ballet.

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The Middle School

Grades 6 - 8

Ballet Tech’s Middle School builds on the academic foundation established in the 4th and 5th grades, raising the level of intellectual rigor while also addressing the social and emotional needs unique to middle school students. At the same time, dance training increases to 5 days a week. In addition to daily ballet technique classes, students take pointe and modern dance, and have the opportunity to learn repertory and perform.

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The High School

Grades 9-12

Ballet Tech’s High School students enroll at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) for their academic classes while continuing in Ballet Tech’s advanced, pre-professional dance program. The High School program is extensive and exciting, and includes the opportunity to work directly with professional choreographers. Students graduate from Ballet Tech ready for the next phase in their professional dance or collegiate careers.

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Kids Dance

“A New York City Treasure.”
— The New York Times

Kids Dance is Ballet Tech’s student performance troupe. It performs annually at the Joyce Theater, presenting past dances and new choreography by Eliot Feld. In 2016 Ballet Tech launched a commissioning project to build a library of new choreography imagined for and designed on emerging dancers. Julia Eichten’s Monsieur and Brian Brooks’s Panorama were the first additions to this library. In 2017 three new works were added:

Pointing, by Eliot Feld
The Wild Current, by Laura Careless
It’s The Effort That Counts, by Stephanie Terasaki, Conner Bormann and Riley O’Flynn

Kids Dance returns to the Joyce stage in June 2018.

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Faculty and Staff

A full listing of our board, faculty and staff is available here:

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Since 1978, Ballet Tech has auditioned 873,545 public school children and enrolled 22,475.

In addition to performing with Ballet Tech, alumni have joined such preeminent companies as Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Battery Dance Company, Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble, Dance Theatre of Harlem, John Passafiume Dancers, New York City Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, have performed on Broadway, and have pursued higher education at colleges and universities including Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Hunter College, Penn State, Skidmore, St. John’s and SUNY Purchase.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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