Virtual ballet lessons with New York City Ballet company members are available now on the SPAC Learning Library.  Engage your students in our Virtual Dance Lab!  Lessons are available for all experience levels.


The Ballet in Fifth program brings New York City Ballet dancers to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs where fifth grade students join them for an interactive ballet class and tour of the museum.  This program introduces students to the classical art form, teaches them about an upcoming ballet performance at SPAC, and offers each student a free ticket to the selected performance during SPAC’s classical season. All students that attend the ticketed performance and complete the Ballet in Fifth program will receive a free Student Lawn Pass.


A Student Lawn Pass grants the student, and an accompanying adult, free lawn admission to all ballet and orchestra performances at SPAC until their projected year of graduation from High School (excluding the annual Ballet Gala fundraiser). Please check our classical season calendar for scheduled dates and performance times.

When using your pass, there is no need to visit the SPAC box office. Simply walk right up to an entry gate before a ballet or orchestra performance (specified above), show the gate attendants your pass, and they will admit you onto the SPAC grounds.


What steps do I need to take in order to earn a Student Lawn Pass?

In order to be eligible for a pass, students must participate in the Ballet in Fifth program and attend the designated summer performance at SPAC.

I participated in the in Ballet in Fifth and attended the summer performance at SPAC with my school. When and how do I receive my Student Lawn Pass?

Passes are created and distributed to schools during the fall season following the summer that you attended the SPAC performance. Your school teachers and/or administrators will submit a list of all first and last names, as well as their projected year of graduation, for every student that earned a pass. SPAC will create the passes using this information and send them directly to the schools for distribution. Students will then be able to use their passes for the first time to attend New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra performances for free during the following summer season at SPAC.

My school does not participate in the Ballet in Fifth program. Can I still participate?

Unfortunately, your school needs to be a participant in the Ballet in Fifth program for you to participate and earn a Student Lawn Pass. We encourage parents and students to spread the word to teachers and school administrators and ask them to contact our Director of Education to see if the Ballet in Fifth Program can be offered at their school.

I completed a permission slip and signed up for tickets to one of the SPAC performances. How do I receive my tickets for the performance?

Please contact your school’s Ballet in Fifth administrator (usually your school’s Music Department or Administrative Offices) to learn how you will receive your performance tickets. Ballet in Fifth performance tickets are distributed using a variety of methods, depending on the school that you attend. This information should also be located on the top portion of the permission slip form that you completed in order to sign up for the program.

I am a parent of a child participating in the Ballet in Fifth program. Can I attend the SPAC performance with my child?

Yes! Family members are eligible to purchase discounted amphitheater tickets so that they can attend the SPAC performance and sit next to their child in the SPAC amphitheater. Family tickets must be ordered at the time that the student signs up to participate in the Ballet in Fifth program. The Ballet in Fifth permission slip, distributed to your student by the school, will have all pertinent information for ordering additional tickets.


If you are a school teacher, principal, or administrator, and you’re interested in the Ballet in Fifth program, please contact SPAC’s Education department at, by phone 518-584-9330, or fill out the form below.

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