Our mission is to share the joy and healing power of dance with everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for classes. Our outreach activities provide the highest quality instruction and materials for K-12 students and teachers. What started with providing classes for 800 youth at an elementary school in 2012, has grown to include more than 5000 students in 2019.
Focused on students in Long Beach, Los Angeles and New York city public schools, the Best Food Forward program provides free professional dance instruction, performance tickets and other opportunities for aspiring dancers. Classes include offerings specific to the needs of neurodiverse and differently abled youth. Our annual event, International Children's Dance Day, is a glorious celebration of children and the arts, held in the Rose Garden at Exposition Park.
Artists in the Schools
Experience the joy of creative exploration and reflective processing with our stellar teaching artists, for classes held during or after school hours. Our K–12 curricula meet or exceed the National Core Arts Standards for Dance, as well as the NY State Learning Standards for the Arts.
We design the residency to suit the needs of the partner school, creating a customized plan for the school year in collaboration with the administration and site faculty.
Artists in the Parks
Pony Box has a long history of providing quality instruction in parks and community centers for all ages of youth, from Pre-K to high school. We work together with our partner organizations to create the best possible learning environment. We have experience producing both student and company performances in park settings.
Our assemblies and workshops provide an introduction to the art of dance making, the creative act of choreography, meeting the National Standards for Dance. These one-time events can include live dance experiences, video showings, lecture demonstrations, discussions and pre- and or post- performance classes, as well as teachers guides with follow up lessons.