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2022-2023 Meany Center for the Performing Arts Student Matinee Series

Meany Center is excited to bring back our free student matinees for 3rd through 12th grade students, showcasing an array of dance at Meany Hall in the 2022–23 Season. 

Registration is required and priority is given to schools with 50 percent or more students receiving free and reduced lunch. 

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2022–23 Student Matinees


11:30 a.m. | Friday, October 21, 2022

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, Pilobolus’s 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. Learn More About Pilobolus

Martha Graham Dance Company

11:30 a.m. | Friday, November 18, 2022

NOTE: This student matinee has been canceled.

Ragamala Dance Company

11:30 a.m. | Friday, February 10, 2023

Driven by the artistic vision of  Ranee Ramaswamy (Artistic Director) and her daughters Aparna Ramaswamy (co-Artistic Director) and Ashwini Ramaswamy (Choreographic Associate), Ragamala Dance Company is committed to the idea that while history is time bound, the stories we share are timeless. Rooted in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala's work is expansive — extending beyond the stage to embody their immigrant experiences and show a kindred relationship between ancient and contemporary within today’s world. Learn More About Ragamala Dance Company

Step Afrika!

11:30 a.m. | Friday, April 21, 2023

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. Learn More About Step Afrika!


11:30 a.m. | Friday, May 12, 2023

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 works and culminates in a Q&A session with students. This is a behind-the-scenes event where dance and conversation are at the forefront and showcases RUBBERBAND’s spontaneous and contemporary style. Learn More About RUBBERBAND

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

Seating begins 40 minutes prior to the show's start time at 10:50 a.m. Group must be fully present prior to seating, which will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our matinees are recommended for grades 3 and above. Contact us for any exceptions.

All student matinees take place in the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus.

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)

  • Your expected transportation method

  • Special audience member needs (wheelchair, service dog, instructional aides, request for easy access to the aisle, audio or visual aids, 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.

For your safety and the safety of our artists and staff, we will continue to follow and communicate the COVID safety protocols that are developed by our Youth Programs Office, in accordance with the University of Washington and Washington State Department of Health. The most current guidance will be updated regularly on the Youth Programs website. The university strongly recommends that masks remain in use by staff, parents and participants in all indoor settings and Meany Hall is strongly encouraging our youth programs audiences to follow this guidance.

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