Education is important in our corporate mission.
From "Peter and the Wolf"
We are currently developing a ballet program entitled "Carnival
of the Animals and Why We Dance" which is geared towards students in Grades K-5. The 30-45 minute program will
be free of charge this season in accordance with a grant application to NY State. It will feature a short story ballet of
Carnival of the Animals, with music of the same name composed by Camille Saint-Saens and touches on the art of choreography
and styles of ballet. Our ballet will have several sections depicting the various animals and ideas presented by the original
music. Some movements will be larger ensemble pieces and others, solos, duets, and trios. Familiar items in the classroom
will be used as props and costumes. We will incorporate the literary artistic talents of the elementary students themselves
by asking them to write poems about some of the animals --- the lion, the chicken, the turtle, elephants, kangaroos... ---
before our visit so we can recite the poems during the show. Please email us for scheduling information.
The Prelude Ballet
Ensemble has prepared "Peter and the Wolf" as an educational outreach program to present to schools and other organizations
interested in exploring dance and music. Our "Peter and the Wolf" production has a target audience of grades
Kindergarten though fifth introducing children to the art of dance and musical instrumentation and how they combine to
tell a story. We are currently booking performances with local school systems and would love to work in conjunction with elementary
school music teachers to bring this wonderful ballet to your school. There is no cost associated with our presentation as
education is foremost in our corporate mission.
Sergei Prokofiev wrote a piece of music to introduce children to the instruments and sounds of the orchestra. He authored
the story and composed the music we now call "Peter and the Wolf." In the story, each character is represented
by a tune from a specific musical instrument. The story tells of Peter and his adventures with the animals in the meadow
near him home.
Explanation of ballet. Short history and basics. Includes having the
audience stand and participate in ballet positions
of choreography. Classical versus contemporary. Evoking a mood or feeling. Includes having the audience stand
and participate in changing movements to evoke a feeling.
of Peter and the Wolf. A narrated performance showing Peter and his animal friends, each represented by a different
musical instrument, in the meadow one day.
"A growing body of studies, including those in the research compendium of
, presents compelling
evidence connecting student learning in the arts to a wide spectrum of academic and social benefits."*
"Learning experiences in the arts contribute to the development of academic skills, including the areas of reading and
language development, and mathematics."*
"Arts learning experiences contribute to the development of certain thinking, social and motivational skills that are considered
basic for success in school, work and life."*
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. (2006).
How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement. Author:
Sarah S. Ruppert. Funding provided in part by the National Endowment
for the Arts.
Prelude Ballet Ensemble is a not-for-profit ballet company in the lower Hudson Valley.
Our mission is to bring to the community a love and respect for the art of ballet. The mission is accomplished by presenting
opportunities for the public to enjoy stories told through ballet in venues such as schools, churches and theaters. The Ensemble
presents lecture demonstrations and educational outreach through programs developed by the Prelude Ballet Ensemble to schools
and local groups such as the Girl Scouts of America. The Ensemble aims to promote an awareness of and appreciation for the
art of dance as a form of communication and expression to the local community. Prelude is a not a dance school, but a dance
company open to students of all dance schools.
We will bring our program to your auditorium, gym, or cafeteria. A stage is nice, but not required.
This program can be integrated into the classroom through
the use of all or some of the following:
: rewrite the ending
of the story or write a folk tale
: make puppets for the characters and
perform to the music
: discuss instruments and their different
sounds, make instruments
: introduce the instruments, assign
children to an instrument, have them pretend to play it when heard in the music
.: make up movments to go with this or
another piece of music
: discuss, research and read folk
"Your company provided a wonderful community service"
"The students thoroughly enjoyed both presentations by the ballet students"
"They especially loved seeing students their own age performing for them"
my staff was very impressed with the awesome professionalism from such a young cast"
"You brought the Arts to our schools and you educated our students about ballet at the same
"The cast was superb in both
action and rapport with our audiences."