Our flagship residency program, DANCE POWER, is the longest continuously running community/arts partnership in the state, serving more than 1,500 New Brunswick students each year. All 2nd and 3rd grade students receive DANCE POWER in their physical education class for 14 and 20 weeks respectively. At the 3rd grade culminating performance, Waiting in the Wings, over 30 scholarships are presented to students so they can continue dancing at our Princeton Ballet School from 4th grade through their senior year of high school for free. DANCE POWER expanded to reach students in Piscataway, New Jersey in 2016.
DANCE POWER is designed to support cross-subject learning, and all five of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards for Dance are integrated into lesson plans.
Over 20,000 New Brunswick public school students have reaped the rewards of dance education through this acclaimed program since its inception in 1986.
A collaboration with the New Brunswick Board of Education, it is the longest-running arts/community partnership in New Jersey.
The curriculum for the program was originally written by a committee of dance educators and New Brunswick school administrators and remains a working document that is updated regularly to meet and exceed the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for dance education.
As a finale to their DANCE POWER experience, students are invited to show-off their new skills in front of friends and family in a culminating performance. The final performance is highly-anticipated and serves as a powerful visual reminder of the programs impact on the local community; the sheer number of people in attendance and energy in the theater is impressive.
“Third-Graders From New Brunswick Have Fun at Dance Power Performance” – New Brunswick Today
“DANCE POWER Program Brings Dance to New Brunswick Youth” – New Brunswick Patch
DANCE POWER Scholars Program
DANCE POWER students with a true passion for and interest in dance are given the opportunity to attend ARB’s Princeton Ballet School on full scholarship. ARB awards over 30 new scholarship students, referred to as DANCE POWER Scholars, each year so they may continue their dance training on scholarship through high school. Scholars frequently audition for and perform in ARB’s Princeton Ballet School productions, as well as productions with the American Repertory Ballet professional company. Additionally, Gregory Hines, the honorary national chair for DANCE POWER before his untimely passing, donated the initial funds for an endowment at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the University.
DANCE POWER Honorary Committee
As American Repertory Ballet celebrated DANCE POWER’s 30th year, the following artists and public figures pledged their support of the program by joining the DANCE POWER Honorary Committee:
Maurice Hines, Honorary Chairperson of DANCE POWER
Andrew Blanco, Assistant Conductor, Percussionist on Broadway
Phylicia Rashad, Actress, Singer and Stage Director TV/Broadway/Film
Nathaniel Stampley, Broadway Actor
Katia Garza, Principal Dancer, Formerly with Orlando Ballet
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dancer, Singer-Songwriter and Actress TV/Broadway/Film
Ben Vereen, Actor, Dancer and Singer, TV/Broadway/Film
James Whiteside, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre