Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day, The Washington Ballet (TWB) was incorporated as a professional company in 1976 and is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB has built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, and with its first artist-in-residence, Choo San Goh, set the tone for the company's emergence as a powerhouse among national ballet companies. Contemporary pieces by Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe and Nacho Duato expanded the repertoire, as did Neoclassical masterworks and fresh interpretations of 19th century classics.
Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre, along with the guidance of the Board of Directors, TWB continues to pursue its three part mission.
The Washington Ballet's professional company consists of world class dancers forming an ensemble core with apprentices. Together they perform a wide variety of works from the classical choreography of Marius Petipa to new creations by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Every year the professional and studio companies bring six shows of the highest caliber to stages throughout the national capital area.
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Co-founded in 1944 by the late Mary Day and Lisa Gardiner, The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is recognized nationally and internationally for its classical training and dedication to excellence in dance and dance education. The school trains more than 600 students each year at its Northwest studios on Wisconsin Avenue, and an additional 350 students at its campus in Southeast Washington, housed at The Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Center (THEARC). The Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia, provides a third campus for the school, serving 50 more young students.
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The Washington Ballet values the community in which it resides and endeavors to serve the region through extensive education, audience enrichment and engagement programs. TWB has a special focus on influencing the lives of children through its signature in-school program, DanceDC, which serves young people across the District of Columbia. TWB also maintains a scholarship program for talented and dedicated dancers identified through DanceDC. The Excel! scholarship allows DC youth the opportunity to study dance at The Washington School of Ballet at either the NW campus or SE campus (TWB@THEARC). In addition to serving as TWB’s Community Engagement headquarters, TWB@THEARC also provides intensive and community tracks for ages 4-18 with additional scholarships and financial aid available.
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