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The Nutcracker: Photo courtesy of Pasadena Dance Theatre

Numerous studies have shown the power of the arts in education. Students who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They have higher standardized test scores. Students of low socio-economic status who participate in the arts have a dropout rate of 4% while those with low participation in the arts have a dropout rate of 22%.

We are delighted to be the home of Pasadena Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker that thousands of schoolchildren get to enjoy each year. Every December through Pasadena Dance Theatre’s outreach program, over 5,000 children from under served schools visit the Playhouse to see the magical production at a reduced cost. During intermission, students get a behind the scenes look at the ballet, engage in a Q&A session with PDT’s Artistic Director, and learn about the history of The Nutcracker.

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Dance Theatre

Data sources: The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth. Catterall, J.S., Dumais, S.A, & Hampden-Thompson, G. (2012).
Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1998).