OBT L.A.B. (Learn About Ballet) | K-2

Fully-Funded Dance Integration Program for Your School

This fully grant funded program has been in existence since 2006, and served over 35 Title I schools. OBT L.A.B. has partnered with schools in Beaverton School District, Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham-Barlow School District, Parkrose School District, Portland Public School District, and Reynolds School District.

Please contact community@obt.org if you are interested in learning more or bringing OBT L.A.B. to your Title I school.


  • To provide access for students and schools who are interested in dance/arts learning.
  • To engage students in kinesthetic learning of curriculum, especially in Science, Language Arts and SEL learning.
  • To deepen student’s understanding and awareness of their body as a tool for communication.
  • To serve as a resource for classroom teachers.
  • To bring movement and fun to students and teachers!


  • A creative movement residency with an OBT teaching artist
  • Ten sessions for each kindergarten, first, second grade class
  • Dance curriculum that supports classroom learning
  • Field trips to OBT Student Performance Series
  • Field trip to OBT Studios to see dancers training, costumes in the making, other behind-the-scenes elements
  • Transportation paid by OBT
  • Access to Dance Snacks videos


  • Planning meeting with classroom teachers and teaching artists
  • Open space and scheduling for dance residency (ie. gym, multi-purpose room, etc)
  • Classroom teachers complete initial survey at beginning and feedback survey at end of program
  • Support for 3-5 students to participate in OBT L.A.B. survey process at the beginning and end of program
  • Teacher participation in dance residency (participation comes in many forms)
  • Scheduling of school buses to OBT field trips (invoice OBT for payment)
Inset images by: Brook Manning