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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hello TWB family,

The Washington Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet and TWB @ THEARC are taking over The District on and off the concert stage.. Often when we praise the Ballet, we are talking about the performance ability of our amazing artists. But, one of TWB’s vital goals is “to serve and involve the entire community.” And I can happily say that through our extensive training, education and engagement programs the Ballet is fully committed to exciting, extending and enriching thousands in the greater DC Metro area.

One of our most prized community engagement efforts began in 2005, when TWB partnered with other community organizations to open the Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Ward 8. THEARC, a joint-use facility that delivers first-rate cultural, health recreation and human development programs and services to residents east of the Anacostia River, has unlocked the power of dance to thousands of residents and serves as a second campus for The Washington School of Ballet. It has been especially rewarding to see the positive impact of TWB @ THEARC’s extensive community engagement programs have made on residents throughout the area.

Recently TWB @ THEARC teamed up with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s “Above the Influence (ATI)” campaign to bring ATI’s newest youth activity-“Express It”-to life. TWB @ THEARC Summer Intensive students have been putting in tremendous hours of work into creating new dance pieces titled “Be Seen, Be Heard, and Be You.”

Friends, I invite you to a FREE performance at THEARC on July 20, 2012 at 1PM when TWB @ THEARC’s Summer Intensive students will perform “Being Seen, Being Heard, and Being You.” The program will also feature the world premiere of a behind-the-scenes video documenting TWB @THEARC students’ journey of creating their Above the Influence “Express It” dance from conception to completion. THEARC Theater is located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, WDC.

Check out the photos below of TWB @ THEARC Summer Intensive’s amazing and hardworking students as they “Express It” in their ATI dance piece.

For more information on the “Above the Influence” campaign, please visit: http://abovetheinfluence.com/

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