About
The 2019.20 Washington School of Ballet faculty. Photo by xmbphotography

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. Artistic Director Julie Kent oversees all aspects and a full integration of the Company and the School to provide the highest level of dance training to students.

The school trains more than 900 students each year at its Northwest Campus studios on Wisconsin Avenue and an additional 350 students at its Southeast Campus housed at The Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Center (THEARC) also known as TWSB SE. The Joseph C. Coleman Studios at Cathedral Commons serves as an additional NW campus.

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The Washington School of Ballet curriculum includes pre-ballet, boys’ classes and a leveled program for children through young adulthood, many of whom wish to pursue dance as a career. The school also offers a Professional Training Division, overseen by Xiomara Reyes, that brings together especially talented students from around the world for intensive training under The Washington School of Ballet’s renowned faculty. Both the NW and SE campuses share a syllabus to ensure the same excellence in training at each location and both campuses also offer adult classes.

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School Leadership

School Leadership

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 79-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Donna Glover

Donna Glover

Director of School Operations

Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes

Professional Training Division Head

Xiomara Reyes, Head of TWSB, performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in 2015. She was born in …

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Monica Stephenson

Monica Stephenson

Head of School, SE Campus

Monica Stephenson is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Professional Training Program at the Houston …

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Kristina Windom

Kristina Windom

Upper Division Head

Kristina Windom trained with Mary Day, Robert Steele, Julio de Bittencourt and Patricia Berrend at The Washington School of Ballet. She was selected for the company, The Washington Ballet, when …

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Pamela Bjerknes

Pamela Bjerknes

Lower Division Head

Pamela Booth Bjerknes, a former member of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), brings extensive teaching, directing, and performing experience to The Washington School of Ballet. Performing classical and contemporary ballets throughout …

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Molly Hohlt

Molly Hohlt

Pre-Ballet Division Head

Molly Hohlt, was born in Washington, DC and began her formal ballet training at the age of nine at The Washington School of Ballet. While at The Washington School of …

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School Administration

School Administration

Donna Glover

Donna Glover

Director of School Operations

Monica Stephenson

Monica Stephenson

Head of School, SE Campus

Monica Stephenson is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Professional Training Program at the Houston …

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Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes

Professional Training Division Head

Xiomara Reyes, Head of TWSB, performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in 2015. She was born in …

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Kristina Windom

Kristina Windom

Upper Division Head

Kristina Windom trained with Mary Day, Robert Steele, Julio de Bittencourt and Patricia Berrend at The Washington School of Ballet. She was selected for the company, The Washington Ballet, when …

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Pamela Bjerknes

Pamela Bjerknes

Lower Division Head

Pamela Booth Bjerknes, a former member of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), brings extensive teaching, directing, and performing experience to The Washington School of Ballet. Performing classical and contemporary ballets throughout …

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Molly Hohlt

Molly Hohlt

Pre-Ballet Division Head

Molly Hohlt, was born in Washington, DC and began her formal ballet training at the age of nine at The Washington School of Ballet. While at The Washington School of …

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Kourtney Ginn

Kourtney Ginn

School Manager, Adult Program and Upper Division

Kourtney Ginn is a native of Winchester, VA, where she received her early training from Vostrikov’s Academy Kourtney Ginn is a native of Winchester, VA, where she received her early …

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Alexandra Schools

Alexandra Schools

School Manager, Lower Division NW

Alex Schools is a native of the Washington, DC area, where she received her ballet training under Pamela and Michael Bjerknes at American Dance Institute and Patricia Berrend at Berrend …

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Alumni

Co-founded by legendary ballet pioneers, Mary Day and Lisa Gardiner, The Washington School of Ballet has produced many notable alumni including: Virginia Johnson, Kevin McKenzie, Amanda McKerrow, Shirley MacLaine, Georgia Engel, and Chelsea Clinton.

The Washington School of Ballet students have gone on to dance professionally with The Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet and numerous other companies all over the US and the world.

Join our TWSB Alumni Group on Facebook to connect with former classmates and to receive special invitations and promotions.

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