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Northwest Campus

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Washington School of Ballet's Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study with the school's acclaimed faculty. The Summer Intensive offers a four-week course of study for the Lower Division and a five-week course for Upper Division.

During the Intensive, classes are conducted at the Washington School of Ballet’s NW location, Monday through Friday. As a result of this intensive training, students are able to progress rapidly and significantly increase their abilities in a relatively short time.

TWSB’s Summer Intensive LOWER DIVISION

The Lower Division Summer Intensive will be from June 23 to July 18. Upon acceptance into our Lower Division Summer Intensive, students will be notified of their level placement. Please note that placement is based on ability and is up to the discretion of the faculty. Current TWSB students will continue in their current level. Parents will be invited to a final showing.

Pre-Ballet 2

Tuition: $400
Ballet Technique
Uniform Requirements: lavender leotard, white ankle socks and pink ballet slippers.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:45 to 5:45 PM

Pre Ballet 3


Tuition: $400
Ballet Technique
Uniform Requirements: light blue leotard, white ankle socks and pink ballet slippers.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:45 to 5:45 PM


Level 1A & 1B

Tuition: $575
Ballet Technique
Uniform Requirements: royal blue leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:45 to 7:00 PM

Level 2

Tuition: $985
Ballet Technique, Character, Jazz, Stretch and Musical Theatre
Uniform Requirements: black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, jazz shoes, character shoes, character skirt (circular black knee-length skirt), jazz pants, and a short black wrap skirt.
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:15 to 6:30 PM

Level 3

Tuition: $1,975
Ballet Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Character, Jazz, Stretch and Musical Theatre
Uniform Requirements: black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pointe shoes, jazz shoes, character shoes, character skirt (circular black knee-length skirt), jazz pants, and a short black wrap skirt.
Schedule: Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Current TWSB students are not required to audition. Students from outside TWSB may audition individually by contacting Allison Abbondante, Associate School Manager, at aabbondante@washingtonballet.org.

DRESS CODE
Ladies:
Please see the specific details for each level above. Ladies’ hair must be secured in a bun at ALL times. If their hair is short, a white headband will be necessary. No hair accessories (scrunchies, bun-covers, etc) should be on or around their bun. Students should have extra hair pins, hair elastics, and hair gel or spray to secure their hair. Jewelry is not allowed except for stud earrings. Do not bring valuables to the studio! TWSB is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Ladies in pointe shoes MUST have a needle, thread, scissors, water-proof tape, and band aids with them AT EVERY pointe class. Students must be able to get into their shoes within a 5 minute time frame. Students must wear street-clothes cover-ups AT ALL TIMES outside The Washington School of Ballet building.

Gentlemen:
Pre-Ballet students wear a white fitted t-shirt, black bike shorts, white lightweight socks and white ballet shoes. Students in Level 1 and up wear a white men’s cap-sleeve leotard, black tights, white lightweight ankle socks, white ballet shoes. Do not bring valuables to the studio! TWSB is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students must wear street-clothes cover-ups AT ALL TIMES outside The Washington School of Ballet building.

TWSB’s Summer Intensive UPPER DIVISION

The Summer Intensive Upper Division will be from June 23 to July 25. Upon acceptance into our upper division summer intensive students will not be assigned a specific level. Level placement will be determined on the first day of class so as to accurately assess the child’s most recent ability level. We provide a housing program for Summer Intensive students at American University. It is not required that students live at the dorm, although it is highly recommended due to the rich experience of cultural excursions, outings and the companionship of their peers. As a part of the Summer Intensive, students in the Upper Division will get the opportunity to learn repertoire and be a part of a culminating performance in the fifth week, which will highlight each level's accomplishments. Parents are invited to attend the performance.

Levels 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

Tuition: $2500 5 weeks

Housing: $2450 5 weeks (see additional housing information below)

Meet Monday-Friday (5 days a week)
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM (varies depending on level and day by 45 minutes)
In addition to ballet classes the students will receive instruction in most of the following (varies slightly from level to level):

  • Pointe -Men’s Classes
  • Repertoire -Jazz
  • Pas de Deux -Variations
  • Character/Flamenco -Pilates

Included in the tuition is access to The Washington School of Ballet’s training room and appointments with our athletic trainer. The 5 week program culminates in performances in our England Studio Theater.

Dress Code

Ladies will need black tights, pink tights, Jazz shoes, character shoes, pointe shoes, character skirt (circular, black, knee-length skirt), jazz pants, and a short black wrap skirt. Gentlemen will need a white men's cap-sleeve leotard, black tights, white lightweight ankle socks and white ballet shoes.
Do not bring valuables to the studio! WSB is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Ladies in pointe shoes MUST have a needle, thread, scissors, water-proof tape, and band aids with them AT EVERY pointe class. Students must be able to get into their shoes within a 5 minute time frame. PRACTICE!
Students must wear street-clothes cover-ups AT ALL TIMES outside The Washington School of Ballet building.

Faculty

The Washington School of Ballet's year-round faculty includes Kee Juan Han, Kristina Windom, Kim Sonderegger, Vladimir Djouloukhaze, Lilla Seber, Stephanie Walz and Cece Farha, among others. Upper division students will also have to opportunity to train with guest faculty including Anna Marie Holmes and Septime Webre, Artistic Director of TWB.

Scholarships

TWSB offers a limited amount of scholarships during the summer program. Scholarships are merit-based and awarded at the time of acceptance.

Housing

Housing is available for students ages 13 and older on the campus of American University located near The Washington School of Ballet. The bright and clean rooms are double occupancy with a shared bath between each 2 rooms. All students are on one floor and are supervised by TWSB chaperones. The Washington School of Ballet is very proud to employ mature chaperones who are still actively pursuing a career in the dance field. There is 1 chaperone for every 12 students ensuring that each student is well-supervised. Chaperones arrange weekend activities including trips to the zoo, Smithsonian museums, National monuments and other Washington, DC attractions.

Students will use the American University shuttle to Tenley (5 minutes) and either walk or bus the remaining 10 blocks to the studios at 3515 Wisconsin Avenue.

American University offers several meal plans with access to their huge cafeteria and other eateries on and off campus. Please visit this site for more details: http://www.american.edu/ocl/dining/index.cfm.

Further Questions?

Please contact School Manager, Donna Glover, at 202-362 3606 x149 or dglover@washingtonballet.org.