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About The Schools

Northwest CAMPUS

The Washington School of Ballet’s Northwest Campus on Wisconsin Avenue shares studios with the internationally-acclaimed The Washington Ballet. Students catch glimpses of company rehearsals and can earn the opportunity to perform in company productions. Notable alumni from The Washington School of Ballet include Virginia Johnson, Kevin McKenzie, Amanda McKerrow, Shirley MacLaine, Georgia Engel, and Chelsea Clinton. TWSB students have gone on to dance professionally with The Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and numerous other companies all over the U.S. and the world.

The Washington School of Ballet is a training facility for students ages 4 through Adult, and is divided into The Lower Division, The Upper Division and The Recreational Division.

The Northwest Campus is located at 3515 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016

Select classes will also be held at our Van Ness studios at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue. The entrance to these studios is on Van Ness Street.

Please check the class schedules to verify where classes will be held.

The Lower Division

The Lower Division includes Pre-Ballet I, II and III, and graded levels 1A, 1B and 2.

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Ballet serves as an introduction to the classroom and body movement for students ages four through seven. The first two years of Pre-Ballet meet for 45 minutes per week. The third year of Pre-Ballet meets for one hour per week.

Levels 1 A & B

When students enter Level 1 they can expect to spend more time in the studio. This is the first year of intensive training for the ballet student. Classes meet twice a week.

1A begins to develop a strong foundation for classical ballet.

1B continues to develop a classical ballet foundation with more repetitive work for the development of strength.

Level 2

In level 2, classes are held twice a week for 1.5 hours. Level 2 includes an introduction to longer combinations of ballet steps and more intricate musicality.

Level 3

Level 3 is the Pre-Pointe year, when classes meet three times per week for 2 hours. Level 3’s syllabus and schedule is more rigorous, with a focus on strengthening feet and ankles to prepare students for pointe. Depending on their strength and development, Level 3 students will begin pointe during the spring semester.

The Upper Division

The Upper Division consists of Levels 4 through 7.

Level 4

In Level 4 students are required to attend classes 4 times each week for 1.75 hours per class. Level 4 includes rigorous ballet training technique and an increased amount of pointe work. Level 4 emphasizes core work, quick thinking and attention to detail.

Level 5

Level 5 attends classes 5 times per week. The focus in this level is on more intricate foot work and dance sequencing, including more rigorous ballet vocabulary and pointe work.

Level 6 & 7

Level 6 and 7 continues the rigorous pre-professional training, meeting 5 times each week. Students are graduated out of the leveled classes at age 18.

*Movement through the Levels is purely up to the discretion of the faculty. The faculty may require a student to repeat a level as necessary to ensure the proper training and development of the student.

Professional Training Program

The Professional Training Program (PTP) offers gifted students who hope to pursue a career in ballet the opportunity to study at a professional level. Students attend classes Monday through Saturday to study classical technique, pointe, modern, pas de deux, pilates and men's class. The esteemed faculty is under the direction of Kee Juan Han. Students are frequently asked to perform in The Washington Ballet's company productions. Students also have access to physical therapists every week. PTP students are accepted by invitation only.

Trainee Program

The Washington Ballet also offers a Trainee Program. Distinguished faculty of the Washington Ballet provide intense and valuable training to those invited into the Program. This one or two year program aims at giving students age 17+ a polished training required to enter the professional field. Students will also train under Artistic Director, Septime Webre, TWB Associate Artistic Director David Palmer, and Kee Juan Han, TWSB school director. Trainees will receive vigorous training, coaching and mentoring. They will also maintain a challenging performance schedule, at times, dancing alongside the members of the Washington Ballet, and the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company. Trainees will also be given consideration for higher positions within the organization.

The Recreational Division

The Teen Program

The Teen level is for students who still want to enjoy the benefits of learning classical ballet without the rigorous scheduling requirements that come with the Upper Division. Students are eligible for the Teen Program after completion of Level 4. Students in the Teen Program will have the opportunity to study, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Flamenco, Ballet and Pointe.

Syllabi

Each level at The Washington School of Ballet has its own syllabus, and students must master the skills in that level before they may advance. The syllabi were developed by the director of The Washington School of Ballet to ensure that the School's students receive the best ballet training possible.

Please click here for information on adult open classes.

Southeast CAMPUS of TWSB

The Washington School of Ballet's Southeast Campus is located in Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Center (THEARC), a multi-disciplinary facility in Southeast Washington where the SE campus offers classes from Creative Movement to Level 6 as well as Community Track Ballet Classes, African Dance Classes, and Adult Programs.

The Southeast Campus is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE Washington, DC 20020. It is accessible by the Southern Ave. Green Line Metro stop and by the 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 94, w2 and w3 buses.

Lower Division

The Lower Division includes Pre-Ballet I, II and III, and Graded levels 1A through 3.

Pre-Ballet I

Pre-Ballet I is meant for the 4-5 year old student. This level introduces young students to music and movement. Students learn dance etiquette, discipline, and group interaction while developing coordination and musicality. Classes meet for 45 minutes.

Pre-Ballet II and III

Pre-Ballet II and III serves as an introduction to the classroom and body movement for students ages five, six and seven. Pre-Ballet II classes meet for 45 minutes per week. Pre-Ballet III classes meet for one hour per week. Pre-Ballet is a one to two year program, depending on focus and development.

Levels 1 A and B

When students enter Level 1, they can expect to spend more time in the studio. This is the first year of intensive training for the ballet student. Classes meet twice a week.

1A begins to develop a strong foundation for classical ballet.

1B continues to develop a classical ballet foundation with more repetitive work for the development of strength

Level 2

In level 2, classes are held twice a week for 1.5 hours. Level 2 includes an introduction to longer combinations of ballet steps and more intricate musicality.

Level 3

Level 3 is the Pre-Pointe year. Classes meet three times a week for 2 hours. Level 3’s syllabus and schedule is more rigorous, with a focus on strengthening feet and ankles to prepare students for pointe. Depending on their strength and development, Level 3 students will begin pointe during the spring semester.

The Upper Division

The Upper Division consists of Levels 4 through 6.

Level 4

In Level 4, students are required to attend classes 4 times each week for 1.75 hours per class. Level 4 includes rigorous ballet training technique and an increased amount of pointe work. Level 4 emphasizes core work, quick thinking, and attention to detail.

Level 5

Level 5 students attend 5 classes per week. They focus on more intricate foot work, dance sequencing, more rigorous pointe work, and on developing a more extensive ballet vocabulary.

Level 6

Level 6 continues the rigorous pre-professional training, meeting 5 times each week. Students are graduated out of the leveled classes at age 18.

*Movement through the levels is purely up to the discretion of the faculty. The faculty may require a student to repeat a level as necessary to ensure proper training and development.

African Dance

Ms. Soumah’s “West African Dance class explores the richness of African Dance traditions from Guinea, Mali and Senegal. Her class emphasizes the relationship between music and dance. Students will learn the history and identity of the dances through dance, music and song. Students will feel empowered and inspired to learn more about how these dances and chants relate to their parent cultures.” –Description from Coyaba Dance Theater website found through www.danceplace.org

Dress Code and Tuition

Tuition is based on the information provided on the Income Assessment in your registration packet. TWB@THEARC uses a sliding scale based on household income and family size to determine the financial aid package. From there, the tuition is calculated based on the number of classes a student enrolls in. TWB@THEARC hopes that in using this method to determine student tuition the program is accessible to a wide range of families.
Click here for dress code information.

Syllabi

Each level at The Washington Ballet has its own syllabus, and students must master the skills in that level before they may advance. The syllabi were developed by the director of The Washington School of Ballet to ensure that the School's students receive the best ballet training possible.

Click the links below to download the appropriate pdf syllabi: Pre-Ballet

Ballet Level 1 A
Ballet Level 1 B
Ballet Level 2A
Please check back for additional syllabi.

Partners of SOutheast campus of twsb

School Partnership Programs

The Washington Ballet (TWB) continually creates collaborations between of public, charter and private schools to create individualized programs to meet needs and interests. The schools provide the uniforms, transportation to TWB@THEARC and pay a nominal fee for the classes. The Washington Ballet has worked with the Catholic School of Greater Washington, DC Preparatory Academy, and The Washington Middle School for Girls.

Professional Company Partnership Programs

The professional company partnership program seeks to enrich and diversify the class offerings at the dance studios as well as expose students to professional dance. These experiences include master classes, workshops and opportunities to attend performances. Partnerships have included African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, K2 Dance Company , Step Afrika!, Andrew Cacho Dancers and Drummers, the DC Youth Ensemble and Bowen McCauley Dance. The Washington Ballet currently collaborates with Coyaba Dance Theatre to provide African classes and Urban Artistry to provide Hip Hop classes. Additional opportunities are ongoing.
The Washington Ballet @ THEARC also rents the large and small dance studios for companies use.  The studio rental is based on an hourly rate and discounts are given to non-profit organizations. If interested in a rental or partnership please contact School Coordinator, Mary Wroth at 202-889-8150 x236.

The Washington Ballet @THEARC Studio Rentals

Book your next event at The Washington Ballet @THEARC. Available spaces include Large Studio at 60x35' which holds 100 seated and 150 standing, Small Studio at 40x40' which holds 35-50 people, and the Lobby which is available to groups renting the Large Studio for a separate food and drink area. A staff member is on duty for all events. On-duty staff is included in the rental fee.
For pricing and other information, download the Rental Flyer HERE.
The Washington Ballet @THEARC Studios are available to rent for private and public events. Contact Mary Wroth at 202.274.4533 or email mwroth@washingtonballet.org TODAY!

Alexandria Campus

The Athenaeum is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. In 2008, The Washington School of Ballet and The Athenaeum formed a partnership to provide quality ballet classes to young students in the Northern Virginia community. The Athenaeum provides an elegant and expansive space for students to learn the foundations of ballet. The Washington School of Ballet’s Alexandria Campus offers classes in Pre-Ballet I, II and III, and Level 1A.

The Alexandria campus is located at 201 Prince St. Alexandria, VA 22314

Pre-Ballet I, II and III

Pre-Ballet serves as an introduction to the classroom and body movement for students ages four through seven. The first two years of Pre-Ballet meet for 45 minutes per week. The third year of Pre-Ballet meets for one hour per week.

Level 1A

When students enter Level 1 they can expect to spend more time in the studio. This is the first year of intensive training for the ballet student. Classes meet twice a week.

1A begins to develop a strong foundation for classical ballet.


General Information

Mailing address: 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016
Phone number 202-362-3606

Evaluations:

Students will receive written evaluations from the faculty twice a year for Levels 1A and up. As our syllabus is designed for a full year the mid-year evaluation will provide parents and students with goals. Students should be in the satisfactory range and notes will be provided to help promote improvement.

Pre-Ballet levels will only receive an end of year evaluation. As our younger students move toward the completion of the full year we see greater maturity and progress. There is a terrific change from the beginning of the year as each child’s muscles begin to respond to the training, so it is best to evaluate the Pre-Ballet students later in the year.

Professional Training Level and the students of the Trainee Program will have two written evaluations along with two verbal evaluations with all upper level faculty.

If, at any time of the year, our faculty has a concern about a child’s development one of the School Managers will contact the parents. The end of year evaluation will include placement information for the next year. Returning students are not required to audition again.

Uniform:

For information about appropriate attire to attend TWSB classes, please click HERE

Parent Observation:

The Washington School of Ballet’s classes are generally closed to parents in order to provide a focused learning environment. However, parents are invited to observe classes twice a year. The Important Dates list includes the dates for observation days.

Make-up Policy:

At the Washington School of Ballet, students in Level 3 and above are required to make up their missed classes in order to ensure progress. Students in Level 2 and under DO NOT MAKE UP CLASSES.

Level 3 and up may sign in at the front desk at the time of the makeup class. A makeup class does not count for full attendance but credit is given for the final evaluation. Students who miss an excessive number of classes may be asked to repeat a year.

Inclement Weather:

In the case of inclement weather, please call the NW Campus at 202.362.3606, ext. 7 for class cancellations. School closings will also be listed on WTOP radio and News Channel 9.