Community Engagement

Parsons Dance aims to deliver positive, affirming and life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide.  This commitment to bring dance to all audiences propels us to not only produce innovative performances, but also to actively and meaningfully engage with communities. In addition to our ongoing education programs, which include open rehearsals, studio showcases, master classes, and open company classes, Parsons Dance is especially devoted to bringing dance to communities and populations that face barriers in accessing the arts.

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In School Residencies

Parsons Dance conducts in-school residencies for all ages, exposing students to modern dance through the Parsons Dance technique. Class curriculum is developed in collaboration with classroom teachers and Parsons' Education Coordinator, so that academic benchmarks are integrated with kinesthetic learning.


School Time performances

The company organizes shortened performances for students to attend during the school day. These performances are tailored to your school’s curriculum and student interests. Matinee shows also incorporate audience participation when available and are designed for all grades K-12. The hour long show will be comprised of approximately 40 minutes of dance and a 20 minute question and answer session. (Suggested length: 1 hour)

Customized programs

We are committed to partnering directly with community leaders to customize a comprehensive program, with an approach suited to meet the needs of each population we serve. Please contact Parsons Dance directly to develop a tailored program for your community.

Parsons Dance educational programs are made possible in part by generous support from The Friars Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and generous individual donors. Parsons Dance is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Photos by David Parsons, Tracy Miller