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Our Mission and Values

Organizational Vision

To entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire New Jersey and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance

Organizational Mission

To bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs, presented by a financially responsible organization

About the Organization

American Repertory Ballet, Princeton Ballet School, and ARB's Access & Enrichment Programs

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the popular On Pointe series. The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls approximately 1500 students annually from age three through adult and is directed by Mary Pat Robertson. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton which are equipped with shock-absorbent floors, non- slip dance surfaces and pianos for live accompaniment. Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty members have performed professionally; others have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, STREB, Momix, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, New York Theatre Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met Columbus, and American Repertory Ballet.

Established in 1984, DANCE POWER is a partnership between American Repertory Ballet (ARB) and the New Brunswick Board of Education.  ARB places DANCE POWER Teaching Artists into each third grade physical education class for a 20-week residency, providing dance to every third grade student in the New Brunswick Public School District.  Also through the DANCE POWER Program, American Repertory Ballet awards 32 scholarships to DANCE POWER graduates each year to study year-round at ARB’s affiliated Princeton Ballet School.  There are currently over forty DANCE POWER Scholars studying at Princeton Ballet School as part of this program.  DANCE POWER remains the longest running arts/community partnership in New Jersey.

The second grade DANCE POWER program was piloted at Livingston Elementary School in 2012, and was expanded to include 16 classrooms across the New Brunswick School District in January 2013.  While the third grade DANCE POWER program takes place during the physical education period, the second grade residency takes place in the general classroom.  The curriculum challenges students to create movement based on a text with the aim of having  positive effect on students' speaking, writing, literacy, and fluency skills.  The curriculum includes a variety of assessments, including recorded discussion, pre-and post-residency tests, journal writing after every session, and video assessments of students’ progress, in order for both ARB and the school district to gauge if the program is producing these positive results.  The second grade DANCE POWER program was made possible through the generous support of Dr. Anthony R. and Marlene M. Volpe.


American Repertory Ballet strives to ensure that all aspects of our programs and services are accessible to people with disabilities. Our Princeton, New Brunswick and Cranbury school facilities are state-of-the-art and barrier-free. Large print programs and audio-assist devices are available at our home theater, all of which are handicapped accessible. For audience members who are hearing impaired, a sign language interpreter and/or audio devices are made available at designated performances.  CLICK HERE to view our current ADA Plan.



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