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 — grades 4-8 — combines the best of public education and professional arts instruction.

The school is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Education, which provides the academic instruction, and the Ballet Tech Foundation, which provides dance instruction.

At a Glance

  • Enrollment: 117 Students
  • Academic Faculty: 11
  • Dance Faculty: 16
  • Average Class Size: 23
  • 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.

The Elementary School

Grades 4 & 5

Ballet Tech’s Elementary 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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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 by BT founder Eliot Feld as well as new choreography.

In 2016 Ballet Tech launched a commissioning project to build a library of new choreography imagined for and designed on emerging dancers. The 2023 additions to the library are: 1956, choreographed by Dionne Figgins and Curtis Holland; Ad Lib City, choreographed by Robert La Fosse and Brian Reeder; Embers Of…, choreographed by Men Ca; and Achoo, Adieu, choreographed by Dionne Figgins and BT’s 8th grade Class of 2023.

Kids Dance will be back at The Joyce in May 2024.

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Faculty and Staff

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Ballet Tech is offering free dance classes to alumni!

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Since 1978, Ballet Tech has auditioned 898,218 public school children and enrolled 25,430.

In addition to performing with Ballet Tech, alumni have joined such preeminent companies as Abraham.In.Motion, Alvin Ailey, Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and on Broadway, and have pursued higher education at colleges and universities including Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Juilliard, NYU and Yale.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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