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2019-2020 Meany Center for the Performing Arts Student Matinee Series

Meany Center offers free student matinees for thousands of 3rd-12th grade students, showcasing an exciting array of modern dance and world music at Meany Hall. Registration is required and priority is given to schools with 50% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch.



11:30 a.m. | Friday, November 15, 2019

An interactive performance takes the students on a journey through nature, perceiving the sounds, shapes, colors and movements of birds, water, trees, and of course, our namesake fungus, in new and unexpected ways. With the help of the Pilobolus dancers, students will explore a deep connection to the world through the language of movement and dance. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shape-shifting, shadow play, and other explorations, and enjoys a fervent and ever-expanding following.

Brian Brooks Moving Company
11:30 a.m. | Friday, January 31, 2020 

The Brian Brooks Moving Company is, as its name suggests, all about moving. But it’s not just about how we move; it’s about the patterns we move in, the direction, and how we move against one another. Brooks developed his audacious movement style as a dancer with MacArthur “Genius” Elizabeth Streb and has gone on to “shatter conventional notions of the human capacity for strength and endurance” (Dance Magazine). 

11:30 a.m. | Friday, April 3, 2020

Choreographer Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip-hop like no one before him. His unique style of movement has uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language uniquely his own. The Breakdown is presented in a lecture demonstration format that includes excerpts of various RUBBERBAND work and culminates in a Q&A session with students. This is behind-the-scenes event where dance and conversation are at the forefront and showcases RUBBERBAND’s spontaneous and contemporary style.

Step Afrika!
11:30 a.m. | Friday, May 8, 2020

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities with traditional African dance and other art forms. This highly interactive performance highlights the rhythm, physicality, and history of stepping, and culminates in a group activity to get students on their feet. The show explores the ties between stepping, college life, and academic achievement, and introduces the concepts of teamwork, discipline, and commitment. Performers incorporate world traditions and teach basic step choreography, allowing students to discover how dance brings people and cultures together.

All matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. and last approximately 55 minutes.

Seating begins 40 minutes prior to show start time, at 10:50am.

Our matinees are recommended for grades 3 and above; contact us for any exceptions

All student matinees take place at Meany Hall.

What information do I need to prepare for registration?

• School or group name, address and contact information
• Group leader’s name and contact information
• Your group’s top three performance choices
• The number of seats you desire (including teachers and chaperones as well as students)
• Transportation method
• Special audience member needs (wheelchair, service dog, instructional aides, etc.)


Performances are open to grades 3-12. However, special considerations may sometimes be made for younger students, grades K-2, upon request. Such requests will be subject to availability of space, as well as the nature and content of the performance. Due to high demand, each group may reserve only one performance initially—if you would like to add an additional performance, please contact us with this request and we will do our best to accommodate on a space available basis. Teachers are responsible for bringing an appropriate number of chaperones to actively monitor your group.

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