Ballet RI Inspires Youth Through Innovative Library Workshops

Hands-on workshops feature age-appropriate movement, storytelling, and craft activities


Ballet RI opens the enchanting world of dance to children across the state through its free library programming. Partnering with local libraries, museums, and schools, this initiative welcomes young participants – especially those with limited exposure to dance – to get creative through accessible workshops.

Usually scheduled for mid-morning, these workshops complement Ballet RI’s current production, providing an engaging, hands-on experience. Each workshop begins with a specially tailored story introduction providing children with an age-appropriate glimpse into the rich history of ballet, followed by the opportunity to explore the captivating world of steps, costumes, and pointe shoes that bring productions to life. Each session concludes with a themed craft project, sending participants home with a cherished memento to remember their time with Ballet RI.

Recent workshops at South Providence Library, Knight Memorial Library, Fox Point Library, Westerly and Barrington Libraries, the Providence Children's Museum, and Wakefield Hills Elementary School have sparked joy and creativity. With each plié, this program invites children to actively participate, express themselves creatively, and let their imaginations soar. 

The impact of this program extends beyond the workshops. Many participants, inspired by their experiences, go on to attend Ballet RI's productions or even enroll in the Ballet RI School, taking their first steps toward a future in dance.

Beyond artistic enrichment, the program cultivates a lifelong love for the arts. It empowers individuals with the ability to appreciate and understand various forms of expression. Host organizations sponsor the events, making the workshops free of charge. For more information, visit


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