Immersion in the Performing Arts

SPAC Artist-in-Residence programs bring distinguished professional artists and arts educators into schools to immerse students in a performing art form, allowing them to express themselves in new ways and achieve their fullest potentials. Students who participated in our residencies have shown incredible developments in self-esteem, self-confidence, a willingness to collaborate, and a desire to achieve success in other areas of their learning.

SPAC Dance Residency with Visiting Broadway Performers

“No question that the residency was a huge success. Beyond exposing kids to and affording them to experience the performing arts, the real impact as voiced by staff and parents, was the confidence and self-esteem that the kids gained by participating.”
– Participating School Superintendent

SPAC Dance residencies bring dance instructors with Broadway resumes into elementary schools to teach 10 high-energy dance classes to children, instructing them in the fundamentals of movement and preparing them for a celebratory performance for their peers, teachers, and families.

Teaching methods and curriculum utilized in our dance residencies are adopted from the teaching methods and pedagogy developed by our friends and mentors at National Dance Institute in New York City and their belief that “the arts have a unique power to engage all children—regardless of background, ability, or socio-economic status—and motivate them toward excellence.”

Video Compilation of a recent SPAC dance residency at Malta Ave Elementary School in Ballston Spa, NY

Decoda Chamber Music and Composition Residency

Our chamber music and composition residency program, lead by the Decoda chamber ensemble – the first affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, brings three Decoda musicians into elementary schools for one week of interactive music composition classes. The program teaches students the fundamentals of music-making & songwriting and guides them to create a collaborative anthem for their entire class and/or school. This original piece is then performed by the students for their teachers, families, and community as part of a fully-realized chamber performance featuring the artists from the Decoda ensemble.

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Interested in learning more about our Artist-in-Residency programs in schools?

Please contact Dennis Moench, Director of Youth Education, at, or by phone 518-584-9330 x109, to request information or fill out the form below.

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