Creative Movement in Public Schools

PreK Creative Movement Residency Program

The Preschool Creative Movement Residency program was piloted in 2007-2008 in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Department in Pittsburgh Public Schools. A Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre teaching artist, along with a percussion accompanist, collaborates with PPS teachers to provide sequential creative movement classes for PreK students at specific sites throughout city schools. The residency focuses on professional development for the teacher and self-regulation and kinesthetic learning for students. The residency also includes special performance experiences, including an instructional performance for each participating classroom and a dance party family engagement event.

Watch our Pre-K Creative Movement Video!

PPS Early Childhood Centers and PreK classrooms with PBT Creative Movement Residencies 2023 – 2024:

  • Beechwood
  • Chartiers Early Childhood Center
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Concord
  • Conroy
  • Crescent Early Childhood Center
  • Dilworth
  • King
  • Lincoln
  • Manchester
  • Minadeo
  • Morrow
  • Roosevelt
  • Spring Garden
  • Weil

Pre-K Creative Movement Sponsored by:

PNC Grow Up Great        The Grable Foundation    

Elementary Creative Movement Residency Program (Grades K-3)

Since 1997, PBT has partnered with Pittsburgh Public Schools and other districts in the region to provide Creative Movement Residency programs for elementary school children. The program provides creative dance classes for students in Grades K through 2 and opportunities for theater attendance to Grade 3. A PBT teacher and accompanist, team-teaching with a classroom teacher, provide students with a nine-week movement experience, reinforced by classroom activities. The program reaches more than 350 students a year.

Elementary Schools with PBT Creative Movement Residencies, 2023 – 2024

  • Barrett Elementary School, Homestead
  • Catalyst Academy Charter School
  • Pittsburgh Beechwood PreK – 5
  • Pittsburgh Concord PreK – 5
  • Pittsburgh King PreK – 8