Students arriving for the Yamato youth performance

The Motionhouse (youth performance) lessons were wonderful. I have heard nothing but praise from the teachers about the quality of the lessons, and how well that they support the 8th grade curriculum. Our students appreciated the program even more, due to the design and thoughtfulness of these lessons. – Bastrop Middle School Principal


Through Campus and Community Engagement, Texas Performing Arts offers daytime youth performances especially designed to make a strong impression on youth in grades 7-12. Youth Performances are available free of charge for educators and students in Austin and the Central Texas area. Educational materials are provided in advance and there is a Q & A session for students to ask the performers questions following the performance.

2015-2016 Schedule:
Friday, October 30, 2015; 10:30 am-12 noon
Bass Concert Hall; The University of Texas at Austin
The UT Wind Ensemble will perform a recently composed musical score while the 1931 film is projected on a large screen above the stage. More about the music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11 am-12 noon
Bass Concert Hall; The University of Texas at Austin
This modern dance group, founded in 1973, blends its roots in Asian mythology, folklore, and aesthetics with a modern sensibility. Dancers practice and perform using such diverse movement disciplines and artistic approaches as tai chi, meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet. This performance is a lecture-demonstration. Cloud Gate dancers will discuss and demonstrate some of their training elements and present some excerpts of the piece MOON WATER.

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2014-2015 Youth Performances
Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet
Thursday, October 2, 2014 11 am-12 noon
Sphinx Related Lessons
Prezi lesson link
2014-2015 Youth Performances Flier

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Friday, January 30, 2015 11 am-12 noon
Related Lesson Materials

- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Youth Performance Prezi Lesson

More information on this year’s and past youth performances…


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to distribute complimentary tickets for educators to bring students to performances, incorporating curriculum in culture, history, critical thinking, and writing. These tickets to our main stage performances are available to small groups in grades 7-12. Additionally, $10 student tickets are available for most performances.

SEAT tickets are distributed based on the time of your request and the level of need. Requests will be accepted up to two weeks before the event. A limited number of tickets are available, so please make your request early.
More information on SEAT tickets…

2014-2015 SEAT Flyer
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In the 2013-2014 school year, we piloted the PAAC program with Bastrop ISD. Texas Performing Arts provided two live performances for Bastrop 8th (Motionhouse Dance and the UT Longhorn Singers) and 10th grade students (Yamato Drummers of Japan and the UT Longhorn Singers). We work with the Bastrop Language Arts teachers to provide TEKS-based classroom activities related to the performances.

This year, 8th grade students saw UT Mariachi Paredes on November 4, 2015 and will see Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on January 30, 2015. Bastrop 11th grade students saw Sphinx Virtuosi on October 2, 2014 and on February 4, 2015, they will see actors from Austin Shakespeare performing scenes from Romeo y Julieta, a re-visioning of Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo y Julieta Prezi Lesson link
Romeo y Julieta Lesson Packet

Bastrop PAAC Event photos

Funding provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts


To assist educators in telling students about the history, background, and training of the artists they will be seeing, Texas Performing Arts provides complimentary arts-integrated lessons and activity guides. These PDF lessons, Prezi lessons, and videos contain educational resources aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Lesson Plan Archive