Education and Outreach

The Rosin Box Project is committed to the growth of its artists AND to the growth of young minds in the arts. In 2020, TRBP has launched several education initiatives aimed at connecting students to the performing arts. Learn more about our innovative programming below and please contact us if you would like to learn more about partnering with us on projects with your school or classroom!

**Please note that all work in Southern California and Baja California will remain virtual until such time that the CDC recommends otherwise. All of our programs contain virtual and in-person modules that allow for the same student experience, regardless of method. All virtual modules are available internationally!

Open Rehearsals on ZOOM 

Ever wondered what the process of building dances looks like? Curious to experience a day in the life of a professional dancer? Join TRBP for our Open Rehearsal Series, where we invite students to observe the creation process and watch as professional choreographers build dances with the artists of The Rosin Box Project. 

Classrooms will watch either in person OR online, then participate in a group talk-back with the choreographers and dancers! Students can engage with our international roster of dancemakers. Join the TRBP family for this on-of-a-kind dive into the minds of some of the most celebrated creative talent in the dance world. 

*Rehearsal Series will only take place virtually through  January 2021 to ensure the health and safety of all students. Participating classrooms will  receive a zoom link and a worksheet with information on the artists two weeks before joining the Open Rehearsal.

TRBP open rehearsal with Donnie Duncan Jr. or Netherlands Dance Theater

Pictured: SDSCPA students with Donnie Duncan Jr. of Netherlands Dance Theater

DANCE  IS FILLED WITH ACTIONS! Learn about ballet and analyze language choices in TRBP's flagship arts integration program, THE BALLET MACHINE. This innovative approach to language learning combines physical activity with learning words and building sentences in a two-part workshop that facilitates digital AND in-person learning. Our K-5 program is available to San Diego and Orange County schools on-site, but completely virtual versions are accessible by partner schools across the United States! We relish the chance to work with your classroom to explore and enhance language lessons in a new way, all while empowering students to excel at something new in the presence of their peers.
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Ballet Machine FAQ

What is Arts-Integration?

Arts Integration combines visual and performing arts standards and common core subject matter to create programming that connects kids with the arts, all while reinforcing classroom knowledge in a fun and creative way! Programs like Ballet Machine are created with the help of teachers and education professionals, vetted by Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Departments for adherence to standards, and tailored to fit each classroom's trajectory over the school year. Our Ballet Machine program is a two-part series where classroom teachers can work with students in our pre-req video, then interact either in-person or via Zoom with a teaching artist AND professional dancers!

How much does Ballet Machine cost?

For Ballet Machine, including our prerequisite video and our 1 hour in-person session, the total is $500. We recognize that this amount may feel large for some classrooms and student groups, so our staff is prepared to work with your Principal, Superintendent, or PTA to facilitate covering the cost of the program. Once we've identified that the program is the right fit, our staff will also work with you on Grants to cover costs for the future.

I'm a busy teacher...is there added work for me?

NOT AT ALL! Our staff has tremendous experience organizing and facilitating these kinds of programs. After contacting our Managing Director and establishing a time frame, we will be in charge of scheduling, working with your school leadership, and all the other ins and outs of managing the program. All you have to do is introduce us on "the day of the show!" **As some programs may be reliant on Grants for funding, our staff may be in contact with you about a program assessment or personal feedback.

What core standards are addressed in Ballet Machine?

Ballet Machine is a K-5 program that covers the National and California Standards. VAPA Dance Standards: Creating - Anchor Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. Creating - Anchor Standard 2 - Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. Performing - Anchor Standard 5 - Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. Performing - Anchor Standard 6 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work. ELD Standards: Analyzing language choices - Distinguish how two different frequently used words (e.g., describing an action with the verb walk vs. run) produce a different effect. Listening Actively - Demonstrate active listening to read-alouds and oral presentations by asking and answering yes-no and wh- questions with oral sentence frames and substantial prompting and support. **Corresponds with CCSS Spoken Language for K-3, and Reading Language for K-7.


art for the frontline

As a part of our 2020 Frontline Performance Campaign, we raised money to offer free admission to all essential workers and businesses for each LIVE stream of our August Series performances, as well as delivering in-person shows to outdoor sites upon request.

Giving back to those who are giving so much during the pandemic felt imperative. Now, months later as the pandemic persists, so will we. 

Through a 1:1 ticket matching program, Art for the Frontline initiative, we hope to provide hundreds of complimentary virtual passes in gratitude to San Diego’s essential workers for the entirety of our 2021 Season: Variant. In addition to offering free virtual tickets, TRBP will continue to offer free LIVE Frontline performances, on site for healthcare and essential businesses.

Providing these tickets and performances to the San Diego heroes who have tended to our sick, organized in our community, kept our families fed, and educated our children is our small way of saying thank you for ensuring our city stays open, strong, and vibrant.

We believe in art’s ability to transform, inspire, and transcend the everyday. We also believe that everyone deserves the solace and community that art can bring. And now, more than ever, staying open to connection and inspiration is vital. Thank you for helping us serve those who have served San Diego so selflessly.



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Train with Professional Dancemakers Next Summer!


Coming soon to the TRBP stage: YOU! Our first-ever summer intensive will focus on giving dancers one-on-one coaching and feedback from The Rosin Box Project's company dancers AND expanding roster of guest choreographers. A selective group chosen from a national call for high school and college students will shadow our artists, acting as apprentices for a four-week immersive experience. Learn company repertoire, work with nationally-renowned choreographers and artistic collaborators, and perform work in a professional performance at our theater, The Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

Dancers will also take additional technique and conditioning classes and receive personalized coaching from health and wellness professionals. TRBP staff will also share their marketing secrets and focus with you on promotion and branding, as well as offer professional development feedback over your month-long stay in sunny San Diego, CA.