BAX Youth Education


Empowering young artists to tell

their own stories.

BAX Youth Education provides expert instruction in building skills in dance, theater and tumbling. At BAX, students develop improvisation, original composition and performance skills while working independently and in collaboration. At the end of the fall and spring terms, our student concerts showcase original class work in the BAX theater. The concerts serve as an exciting and important opportunity for all our students to experience being on stage and practice the art of performance.

BAX Youth Education:

Philosophy & Core Values

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange welcomes students, families, faculty and artists to BAX, an organization with a core commitment to social justice. In keeping with BAX’s mission to “encourage artistic risk taking and stimulate dialogue among diverse constituencies” we intentionally and purposefully support the voices of under-represented individuals and groups of all origins, ages, abilities, races, sexual orientations, and genders including – trans identified individuals, or those with varied immigration statuses. All our constituents join an organization whose staff and Board is actively engaged in challenging the manifestations of whiteness, able-bodiedness and privilege as part of our ongoing anti-racist efforts and our other anti-oppression, pro-inclusion work.

Our Youth Education programs encompass five core teaching and learning goals and values that inform class curriculum, faculty teaching practices and professional development, special events, and festivals. These goals and core teaching and learning values are listed here in no particular order:


BAX students, families, and faculty play a vital role in establishing the culture and values of BAX. We champion diversity, awareness of different roles, and perspectives. BAX Youth Education strives to create opportunities for exchange between student, professional artists and the greater community of BAX and beyond.

Creative Choice

BAX cultivates artistic expression by supporting each individual student’s voice and vision. By creating a platform to explore creative risk-taking and artistry, BAX classes generate and present original material by young artists.


BAX classes create a safe space for students to work independently, in partners and as an ensemble. BAX classes work to build trust, community, perspective, exploring many entry points into working collaboratively.

Skill Building

BAX classes teach skills in technique, improvisation, art making and performance while attending to the social and emotional well-being of each student and the class as a whole. Technique and vocabulary are introduced while meeting students “where they are,” in the disciplines of dance, drama, and tumbling.


BAX celebrates dance, drama, and tumbling as performing arts and values the opportunity for students to present work in front of an audience. BAX students develop and hone performance skills as well as learn how to observe, reflect, and comment on work.

2017-2018 BAX Professional Development material has been created by the BAX Youth Education Department in collaboration with Donna Costello, BAX Education Programs Consultant and Lead Facilitator.

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    New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
    NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council
    Council Member Brad Lander
    Jody and John Arnhold
    Bank United
    The Bay and Paul Foundations
    Con Edison
    The Copper Beech Foundation
    Corcoran Cares
    The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
    Houlihan Lokey
    M&T Charitable Foundation
    The Pritchard Family Foundation
    Sterling National Bank
    The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund
    … and our generous individual donors.