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Metropolitan’s Kinetic Literacy Program

Metropolitan brings dance and movement into the classroom, strengthening math and literacy skills for elementary school students, and proudly celebrates 15 years of community partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.


Since 2008, Metropolitan has delivered its innovative Kinetic Literacy Program to kindergarten through second grade students in the School District of Philadelphia's elementary schools. Each year, 425-450 students (18-20 classrooms) participate in Metropolitan’s on-site classes held during the school day.


The Kinetic Literacy Program is a standards-based, integrated academic program which combines visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methodologies to enhance and invigorate the English/Language Arts and Math curriculum. Students also attend a special matinee performance of Metropolitan’s annual Family Concert Series, free of charge, bringing to life the stories they’ve been reading in their classrooms.

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Kinetic Literacy
Program Lead

Janet Blenheim is a former professional dancer, Japan Fulbright Scholar, winner of the 2015 Upper Dublin Outstanding Educator Medal, and recently retired Upper Dublin K-5 Math Department Head. She is passionate about the beauty of mathematics and the rigor of dance. 
Ms. Blenheim is a founding member and former president of Metropolitan Ballet Company’s Board of Directors and currently a lead teacher in Metropolitan Ballet Company’s Kinetic Literacy Program bringing her M3 program to elementary students in The School District of Philadelphia and Martin Luther School.

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Support the Program

Pennsylvania's EITC

See how your company’s tax dollars can stay right here in the community! Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program: Earn valuable tax credits for your business when you support Metropolitan Ballet Company’s Kinetic Literacy Program©. Metropolitan Ballet Company is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as an Educational Improvement Organization. A gift to Metropolitan Ballet Company can provide your company with a substantial tax credit through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Businesses large and small can apply for EITC credits through a simple, online process here.

Individual Giving

Learn how Metropolitan Ballet Company is making a difference in the lives of underserved children and get involved by calling 215-663-1665 or emailing

Learn More

Please enjoy this Kinetic Literacy Program album celebrating the inspiring connections we make with students and teachers each year.

Inside you will find an overview of the program's components and a joyful collection of photos that demonstrate how the stories from Metropolitan's yearly Family Concert Series are woven into the Kinetic Literacy Program Math and Reading curricula. 

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Metropolitan’s Kinetic Literacy Program© for elementary school students delivers positive outcomes through its fresh approach to math and language skills, and creates lasting opportunities for engagement with the arts.


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