Education Outreach


Leaps Ahead || Grades 2-5

Leaps Ahead classes will 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 will 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:

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

The program currently runs in sessions of 3 weeks with students attending two days per week. These sessions are available on a first come first serve basis, and are held September through November.

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:

  • A 45 minute instructional period at participating school, taught by TBCDE faculty.
  • Commemorative t-shirt for each child, at no cost.
  • 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.


Backstage at the Ballet || Recommended for 2nd-12th Grades

This exciting, educational performance is presented to you in our very own Studio K. In this state-of-the-art theater with up-close seating, students will explore the magic of dance through a lively presentation that shows how a ballet production is put together.

This fascinating 50-minute journey highlights the main components of a ballet – choreography, costumes, lighting, and other important aspects. The show culminates in a one-act ballet performed by members of TBII, Tulsa Ballet’s official pre-professional ensemble. It’s a can’t miss event!

TBII’s Backstage at the Ballet is available to all 2nd through 12th grade students.

Any educator interested in enrolling or needing more information may contact Colleen Lahti at 918-749-6030 or

UPDATE: All performances of Backstage at the Ballet for the 2017/18 school year have been completed.  Please email Colleen Lahti at if you are interested in receiving information about outreach performances in the 2018/19 school year.