Reducing the literacy gap.
Ballet and Books is a national, non-profit organization striving to reduce the literacy gap through the hybrid storytelling of dance and reading.
In our extracurricular programming led by high school and college students, we provide 3-9 year olds with an opportunity to improve their literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and dialogic reading.
of fourth-graders who tested below the 25th percentile of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were from low-income families.¹
¹The Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading," 2013.
Through dialogic reading, we encourage a greater love of learning and reading skills improvement in 3-9 year old students.
Through mentorship, we bridge the gap between universities and the community’s youth.
Through dance, we foster a sense of confidence and leadership skills among both young children and college students.
Through thoughtful representation, we embody the importance of diverse identities in dance.
We've helped nearly 200 children and student leaders since our founding and are on track to help 100 more by the end of 2021.