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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.

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of fourth-graders who tested below the 25th percentile of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were from low-income families.¹

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Through dialogic reading, we encourage a greater love of learning and reading skills improvement in 3-9-year-old students.

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Through dance, we foster a sense of confidence and leadership skills among both young children and college students.

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Through mentorship, we bridge the gap between universities and their community's youth.

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Through thoughtful representation, we embody the importance of diverse identities in dance.

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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.

Meet the national team.