MAGIC BUS OUTREACH: ASSEMBLIES, WORKSHOPS & INFORMANCES

Outreach is an essential part of Emerald Ballet Theatre’s mission. Each year EBT brings the magic of motion into the lives of thousands of children throughout the Puget Sound as students, performers, and audience members. We have three types of outreach programs: Assemblies, Workshops and Informances. Please download our brochure, then email info@emeraldballet.org for information on pricing and availability.


MAGIC BUS ASSEMBLIES

Bringing Washington state curriculum to life through the arts

Magic Bus programming is provided in Bellevue, Renton, Issaquah, and Seattle school districts, plus private schools. We would love to visit your community, too!

Our 45-minute assemblies are conducted as an interactive “virtual field trip,” combining thematic performances by youth performers with audience participation. They are designed for large multi-age groups K-5 using “theater in the round” format at a school or community center.

Rotating themes for assemblies include Visual Art (2019), Science (2020) and Storytelling (2021). 

In 2018, during our SOCIAL STUDIES presentation, we were joined by special guest Chickadee Snow from the Blackfeet Tribe. We explored the Salish Sea landscape through time from the perspective of its original inhabitants. 

2019 saw the return of the VISUAL ART theme. In "Pictures at an Exhibition," we took a virtual trip to a museum, learning about art and artists along the way. 

In 2020, we’ll focus on SCIENCE. Contact us today to book your assembly for early Spring.

WHAT AUDIENCE MemberS SAY: 

This was just so amazing. Your dancers were so well prepared. Our kids would never get the opportunity to see this type of performance any other way. We want you to come back again. Thank you so much for everything!
— Hazelwood Principal
Watching today’s performance was powerful, meaningful, emotional and beautiful all at once! I am so glad we made the time to be a part of this!
— Parent of EBT Dancer/Magic Bus Participant

MAGIC BUS WORKSHOPS

Watch, learn, take your turn!

Our 60-minute workshops include a 30-minute active introduction to movement class guided by professional artists and assisted by youth performers. A 30-minute thematic performance follows during which the audience/students join in the presentation. Designed for smaller groups of K-2 or grades 3-5 at a school or community center. These typically take place during the summer.

“The EBT Magic Bus Workshop was engaging from start to finish. The dancers worked so patiently with my students. It was amazing that they got to be part of telling the Peter and the Wolf story along with the performers. Such a special experience.”
— Bellevue School District summer school lead teacher

MAGIC BUS INFORMANCES

Free or discounted tickets for schools, non-profit children’s groups and veterans

Informances occur two times per year at the theater in conjunction with an Emerald Ballet Theatre production. Participants watch a full-length performance (usually 1-2 hours), meet performers and choreographers, get a close-up view of costumes and sets, Q&A, and often have time on the stage themselves! A great follow-up or culminating experience after a Magic Bus Workshop or Assembly.

The two annual informance options are The Nutcracker (in early December) and the Spring Production (in May). Interested in attending EBT’s productions in 2019-2020? Please email info@emeraldballet.org.

“Thank you for donating the Nutcracker tickets to my family. We have never been to a ballet before and never imagined we would have the opportunity to take our children to one. It was an experience that they (and we) will probably never forget. I am quite sure that we as parents will cherish watching our daughters’ faces light up for ... years to come. Merry Christmas!”
— Jessyca (Vet Tix)