When public school classes attend The Nutcracker and other family ballet performances, TWB offers workshops to assist teachers in developing creative lesson plans to integrate into their academic curriculum. Teachers receive CPU credits for participation, and TWB provides study guides with information, exercises, and a variety of creative ideas and tools. To further enrich the students’ experience with TWB’s family programs, the Ballet also holds annual art contests for the students in conjunction with these special performances. The work is displayed in THEARC gallery in SE or the Fannie Mae Gallery in NW.
Through informal, post-performance chats, ballettalks educates audience members and provides a deeper look into a performance. The Washington Ballet’s artistic director, choreographers, guest artists, and dancers provide open discussions after select performances to examine the technique and aesthetic of the performance piece viewed.
Throughout the season, Septime and company artists host these illuminating and intriguing lecture/demonstrations in the intimate England Studio Theater. Each inthewings event offers insight on an upcoming performance and enhances audience members’ theater-going experience. For information on this season's inthewings, please click here.
TWB’s Studio Company provides a bridge between the school and professional company. Studio Company members perform in TWB’s repertoire and dance their own works in the England Studio Theater, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, THEARC Theater, and across the capital in educational performances for the DCPS system.
Moving Wisdom A unique component of the adult dance program at THEARC, Moving Wisdom offers senior citizens ages 60 and older the opportunity to build healthier bodies and express their creativity through movement. This six-week course was created by Sylvia Soumah, founder of West African dance company Coyaba Dance Theater and TWB@THEARC African teacher. Moving Wisdom integrates African and other culturally specific dance forms with related music to inspire the mind, body, and soul.
The Washington Ballet (TWB) continually creates collaborations between public, charter, and private schools to design individualized programs that meet specific needs and interests. Since the inception of its education programs, The Washington Ballet @THEARC has served over 70,000 constituents, working with schools such as Savoy Elementary, Sharpe Health School, the Catholic Schools of Greater Washington, DC Preparatory Academy, and The Washington Middle School for Girls.
The professional company partnership program seeks to enrich and diversify class offerings at TWSB as well as expose students to professional dance. The program includes 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 with Urban Artistry to provide Hip Hop classes. Additional opportunities are ongoing.