Professional Development & Resources

 EDU20 Professional Development

Professional Development

Be a resource for your students and take advantage of City Center’s wide array of professional development workshops—all designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, teaching artists, and college/graduate students.

Four workshop opportunities are offered to educators during the school year. During each workshop, an acclaimed performing artist leads a master class to help you create innovative and exciting lesson plans and develop practical and artistic tools for use in your classroom.

Professional development workshops are offered to educators that participate in our school-time matinees and K-12 programs during the school year (Sep – May).

If you would like to attend, please the Education team at or via phone at 212.763.1221.

Fall for Dance Lab

Learn from top performing artists and experts in the field.

Led by performers from City Center’s acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival, this daylong professional development session is specifically tailored for dance educators.

The day begins with two master classes where you will explore each dance company’s unique aesthetic and study pieces of repertoire performed at the Fall for Dance Festival. An afternoon of workshops expand on discussions within these master classes to investigate approaches to teaching dance, critical and creative responses to different dance styles and genres, and applications to classroom practice—all taught by a City Center Teaching Artist and dance instructor from New York City’s Department of Education.

Recent Fall for Dance Labs have been conducted by members of Abraham.In.Motion, Caleb Teicher & Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Jessica Lang Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Stephen Petronio Company, STREB, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and more.

And, you also receive a ticket to a Fall for Dance Festival performance.

Cost: $20 per participant.

The Fall for Dance Lab is open to both Department of Education dance educators and teaching artists. To learn more, please email us at


Whether you’re a teacher looking to enrich and integrate your students’ curriculum with the performing arts or a parent trying to fill an hour of the day creatively, explore our online collection of dance and musical Behind the Curtain guides and video clips.

Filled with a variety of activities, our Behind the Curtain guides include historical, thematic, and contextual background for each production, creative and artistic insights, glossaries and resources for further exploration. Learn More.