Arts in Education

Taught by members of the Company, Buglisi Dance education programs are designed to engage the imagination while stimulating the development of creative problem solving and cognitive skills, teamwork, self-discovery and curiosity. All Buglisi Dance Theatre curricula align with the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts as well as state, national arts standards and Common Core Learning Standards.  Arts in education programs can be tailored to fit the specific needs of each school or organization served. Buglisi Dance Theatre holds a DoE Vendor License to teach in NYC public schools.

Residency Program


K-12 Arts in Education:






Higher Education:






Buglisi Dance Signature Residency:

For K-12 or Higher Education



In-school arts-centered activities encourage students to discover their own voice through the exploration of space, rhythm and movement in a safe and collaborative learning environment. Sessions can range from 45 to 90 minutes, beginner to advanced level.


College-level residencies that offer semi-professional dancers a broader physical and dramatic vocabulary while exploring the depths of human emotion from tenderness to fury. Geared for mature, passionate movers with a fearless abandon for self-expression.


Rain – an expression of the primitive rhythms, colors, breath and nature found in the rainforest. Satisfies exploration of environmental issues through Dance, Music and Science related concepts.


Love Letters – explores the joy, human complexity and wistful longing that occur through writing a love letter.  Themes of immigration, war and cultural identity can be explored through Social Studies, Literacy and English Language Arts concepts.


Carvaggio Meets Hopper – A study in contrasts, student choreography is created through exploration of human relationships that reveal the bold visceral strength, humor and exquisite vulnerabilities of ordinary men and women while introducing visual artists Carvaggio and Edward Hopper.  This residency addresses themes of relationship and communication while addressing Literacy and Visual Arts concepts.


  • A residency planning meeting

  • Individual or multiple class sessions

  • A lecture demonstration presented by the Company

  • An informal culminating student performance

  • A residency planning meeting

  • Individual or multiple class sessions

  • A lecture demonstration presented by the Company

  • A culminating event student performance

  • A residency planning meeting

  • Individual or multiple class sessions

  • A lecture demonstration presented by the Company

  • A teacher’s curriculum resource guide

  • A culminating event student performance






Buglisi Dance Theatre offers a diverse selection of outreach programs designed to engage and inspire confidence in realizing one’s full potential through movement exploration.  Outreach opportunities can occur as a one-time event or in a series tailored to fit the specific needs of each school or organization served. 

Educational Outreach

Outreach Program


Master Class





Repertory Workshop






Open Rehearsal



One hour to 90-minute classes available for all ages, levels and ability.  Contemporary Graham-based technique conceived to teach young students that dance is a physical language.


Designed for the advanced dancer, the Repertory Workshop is facilitated by Buglisi Company dancers providing a warm-up followed by 90 minutes of select choreography from Company repertory.



View Buglisi Dance Theatre in company rehearsal.  Gain insight into the creative process.  Learn what it means to have a professional career in dance including an opportunity for Q & A with the artists.


  • Individual or multiple class sessions

  • Live musical accompaniment required
    (A lecture demonstration presented by the Company may be included at additional cost)

  • Individual or multiple workshop sessions

  • Optional student sharing of work
    (A lecture demonstration presented by the Company may be included at additional cost)

  • An invitation to view the company working from their Manhattan studio

  • Question and Answer session

Previous Residency/Outreach Sites:

  • Ailey/Fordham BFA Program

  • The Juilliard School

  • Martha Graham School

  • Joyce Theater NYC Public School Residency

  • National Dance Institute

  • Dancers Responding to AIDS

  • Hospital Audiences, Inc.

  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan

  • LaGuardia H.S. of Performing Arts

  • Steps on Broadway

  • New World School of the Arts, Miami

  • NOCCA, New Orleans

  • Creative Arts Workshops for Kids, East Harlem

  • Rockland County Children’s Psychiatric Center

  • Riverdale Manor Home for Adults

  • Netherwood Elementary School, Hyde Park

  • Frank Sinatra NYC Public School

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

  • Syracuse University

  • Mahaffy Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Michelle Obama's First Lady's "Let's Move!" Initiative

  • COCA, St. Louis, MO

  • Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

  • Daytop Village 

  • Chattaqua Institute

Buglisi Dance Theatre is proud to be a member of


Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, Dance/USA Board of Trustees, Artistic Director Council Chair 2010-2013


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Background: Helen Hansen French in Requiem. Photo © Kristin Lodoen Linder