Performing Arts in New York
New York City is a bustling destination - trend-setting, cosmopolitan and the worldwide hub for many cultural activities.
Groups are accommodated in Manhattan hostels and hotels, within close proximity of theatres, landmarks and workshop venues. Many hotels have two double beds for four students sharing, which is the norm in the USA. The majority of establishments offer room-only, but breakfast can easily be organised in local cafes and diners.
Free-time is taken care of with a diverse selection of shopping areas with department stores such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's and an array of entertainment opportunities such as themed restaurants, Broadway shows and influential museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Many groups choose to travel to New York when it is economical in February and Easter - the weather can be cold and students have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor ice-skating rinks. Groups preferring warmer weather should travel May - October.
Wider curriculum links: With a Performing Arts programme that is second to none, alongside a melting-pot of cultures and a dynamic history, New York communicates a natural link between Performing Arts and other curriculum areas, including History and Geography.
Pavilion's Performing Arts Tours
These popular workshops offer the most comprehensive educational theatre curriculum on Broadway, developed in accordance with the National Standards for Arts Education. Each is taught by a qualified teaching artist who will give context to the show your group is seeing while focusing on the central tenets of theatre, creativity, collaboration and confidence. The workshops are held in theatrical rehearsal studios in the Times Square area.
Steps On Broadway
An international, world-class studio, Steps on Broadway offers dance classes from beginning to advanced levels in a variety of styles. The centre boasts 10 fully-mirrored and sprung-floor studios with large windows offering an abundance of natural light. There are male and female changing facilities, a café and a dancewear shop.
NEW! Harlem Jazz or Gospel Workshop & Tour
The jazz workshop is led by the saxophonist and saxophone designer from the movie “Friends with Benefits” featuring Justin Timberlake. Learn jazz theory with a basic understanding of chord changes and harmonies. Alternatively, Learn to sing gospel, focussing on breathing, harmony, control and voice placement.
Martha Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance
The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance has the distinction of being the longest continuously operating school of dance in America, primarily focused upon teaching the Martha Graham Technique and Repertory. Private group masterclasses are taught by faculty members who worked with Martha Graham and who are or have been members of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Founded in 1958 by dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, his vision was to bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world. There are many options for groups visiting the Ailey Studios including private classes, participation in regular open classes, class observations and guided tours of the striking complex.
Paley Center for Media
Using programmes from the collection as a means of illustration and investigation, Paley Center Educators lead sessions on a wide range of subjects such as advertising, the documentary form, and the civil rights movement. Discussion-based classes are ninety minutes in length. They seek to build analytical thinking, viewing, and listening skills and attempt to provide insight into the roles television and radio play in our culture. Supporting educational materials for classroom use are available for most classes.
Lincoln Center Tour
Take a guided tour of New York’s performing arts centre, learning about its iconic landmarks and going backstage at venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Renée Fleming, and Bruce Springsteen.
Broadway / off-Broadway Show
Your visit to New York is not complete without taking in one of the fabulous shows.
Recognising the varied and valuable role that Drama plays in the lives of young people, we encourage students to explore their potential and develop confidence in their creative talents.
In-line with National Curriculum Key Concepts and Processes, our programmes encourage students to:
- Enhance and gain confidence in their performances
- Explore creativity, communication and technical skill
- Advance critical listening and appraising skills
- Develop performance, composing and listening skills – harmony, tonality rhythm and melody
- Participate, collaborate and work with others