Connecting with Area Schools

Spirit of Artistry

The Outreach Program is an expression of Canton Ballet’s spirit of artistry and passion.  It creates dynamic, multi-sensory learning experiences through dance activities, fostering an appreciation of ballet as a vital cultural art form in students of all ages and from a diversity of backgrounds.

Performances for All Ages

Each year, Canton Ballet offers two opportunities for local schools and homeschool groups to experience the magic of dance on stage and the benefits of arts exposure at the Canton Palace Theatre—through its productions of Peter and the Wolf and The Nutcracker. These matinee performances are only open to student groups and allow youth to see a real pre-professional performance—complete with costumes, sound, lighting, make-up and sets! Canton Ballet provides local educators with corresponding study guides that align with Ohio’s Fine Arts Academic Standards.

From preschool through high school, live performance in a beautifully restored historic theatre provides a lesson in history, architecture, ballet and music for area school children. School performances are funded in part by ArtsinStark and the Ohio Arts Council.

Joy of Movement

Joy of Movement is Canton Ballet’s premier outreach program for dance instruction, providing local preschools with access to on-site dance activities led by Early Childhood Specialist, Julie Mizer Grasse. Instruction can either be held during normal school hours or as an after-school program.

These classes focus on children ranging in age from 3-5 years old and can be held with a general population of students or tailored to meet the needs of those at-risk.

The cost of Joy of Movement is $360 for an 8-week session of 30-minute classes held once per week. Please contact Business Manager, Deby Sherrod Barath, at if you are interested in bringing this program to your school!

Explore The Benefits

Many experts believe that a child who has not been exposed to dance has missed an important developmental opportunity. Through the language of movement, children in Joy of Movement discover imaginative uses of their bodies while developing good posture, coordination, rhythm, self confidence and the ability to work with other children.  Experience has shown that these classes fulfill important needs of preschoolers to move with grace and to exercise their imaginations.

In-School Lecture Demonstrations For All Ages

Canton Ballet dancers and an instructor are available throughout the school year to come to your school or community group for a performance and interactive workshop. It is fun, educational and just might give you a brand new perspective on ballet. A modest fee is charged.

50 minute performances and interactive workshops are available for students and community groups.

To schedule a Lecture Demonstration, please call 330.455.7220 or email

Educator’s Night at the Ballet

This is Canton Ballet’s way of saying thanks to teachers across Northeast Ohio for all of their incredible work in the classroom! Teachers are invited to watch the final dress rehearsal of any of our season performances for free! Please call 330.455.7220 or email if you are an interested educator.


​A Symphony of Support

Our sponsors play a pivotal role in fueling our mission and our students' aspirations; for that, we are truly grateful. Explore the various sponsorship levels and opportunities available, and support the promise of a brighter, more inclusive future for aspiring dancers.