Community Engagement

Parsons Dance delivers life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide, motivating the company not only to produce innovative performances, but also to actively and meaningfully engage with communities through 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.

For more information about how you can participate in these programs, contact Parsons Dance.

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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 Performances

Parsons Dance organizes performances for students to attend during the school day. These performances are tailored to a school’s curriculum and student interest and are designed for grades K-12.  The performances consist of approximately 40 minutes of dance and a 20 minute question and answer session. 

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.

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