Education Outreach

Leaps Ahead || Grades 2-5

Leaps Ahead classes provide an introduction to the training tradition of classical ballet, including instruction in physical conditioning, developing the ability to concentrate and lengthen the attention span, developing the visual and aural memory, learning to understand and apply verbal corrections, and learning to work in concert with the other members of the class (spatially, musically, and technically).

Students learn basic classroom protocol, fundamental terminology and the movements and exercises of classical ballet. An important element of this introductory training is the development of the students’ interest and appreciation of the performing arts and their opportunity to explore dance as an expressive and creative outlet.

Leaps Ahead Includes:

  1. 45-minute instructional periods at Tulsa Ballet’s state of the art facility, taught by TBCDE faculty.
  2. Appropriate class uniform for each child, at no cost.
  3. Three tickets to attend a Tulsa Ballet Performance and a commemorative t-shirt for each student.

The program currently runs in sessions of 6 weeks with students attending one day per week. These sessions are available on a first-come-first-served basis and are held throughout the school year.

Tulsa Ballet artistic staff evaluates the participating students at the end of each session and offer scholarship opportunities to up to two talented students. Program evaluation is made available to participating educators at the end of each session.

Leaps in Motion || Grades 2-5

Leaps in Motion Includes:

  1. A 45 minute instructional period at participating school, taught by TBCDE faculty.
  2. Commemorative t-shirt for each child, at no cost.
  3. Voucher for up to three free tickets to attend a Tulsa Ballet Performance for each student.

Five, 2-week sessions are available to apply for on a first-come-first-served basis. The applications must be fully completed for consideration. The sessions will be held throughout the school year. Classes are held Monday through Friday.

The Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education staff will conduct program evaluations with input from the faculty members of participating school at the close of each two-week session. Participating faculty members will be requested to supply pre- and post- program information through secured internet surveys. The fees for this program are based on a sliding scale.

Project Create || Grades 1-5

Tulsa Ballet is excited to announce the launch of Project Create: Exploring the Creative Process through Dance and Music. Building on the success of our Leaps Ahead and Leaps in Motion programs, Project Create is a program for grades 1-5, designed to develop confidence, creativity, and self-expression through hands-on workshops in movement and music. This week long project explores the creative and collaborative process with a ‘can do’ philosophy, stimulating children’s curiosity, physical awareness and musical understanding. Highlights of this program include an opening performance by artists from Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education and a closing performance by your students showcasing their creations.  LEARN MORE.

 Peter and the Wolf || Recommended for 2nd-12th Grades

Tulsa Ballet is excited to announce the second installment in the Hardesty Family Foundation Children’s Series:  Jack and the Beanstalk!  Join us as we follow Jack up the giant beanstalk to a world with castles in the sky, magical treasures, and one despicable Ogre. With choreography by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, sets and costumes by New Zealand’s top designer Tracy Grant Lord, and incredible dancing by Tulsa Ballet II, Jack and the Beanstalk encourages the audience to expand their imagination.  A musical score assembled by Principal Company Pianist Andrew Lahti and narration by Dan McGeehan, who also adapted the story, help create an entertaining and educational performance perfect for the young and young at heart!

Our Friday performance times make for great field trips for school and youth groups. Reserve your space now for your group of eight or more! To order group tickets click HERE or contact Liz Varner at or (918) 749-6030 X214.

$15 ticket price for tax-exempt organizations. Proof of exemption required.

Underwriting support for Peter and the Wolf generously provided by the Hardesty Family Foundation.

Any educator interested in enrolling or needing more information about our outreach programs should contact Colleen Lahti at 918-749-6030 or