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The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet, in partnership with our host venues, follow all CDC guidance and District of Columbia mandates regarding COVID-19. Because the health and welfare of our entire community remain our most important priorities, TWB has put in place the following policies, procedures, and protocols: 


  • If community transmission is “medium” or “high” based on CDC reporting for the DC area, All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks indoors while moving throughout TWB and TWSB public spaces. This includes masking while in-studio, backstage, and in rehearsal.  
  • All faculty, staff, dancers, and contractors are required to provide proof of full vaccination.  
  • All TWB and TWSB facilities, as well as TWB’s host venues, are subject to enhanced cleaning and ventilation protocols.  

For 2022/23 season performances

  • All audience members must follow venue requirements for masking and vaccination status. Standard food and drink exceptions will apply.

TWB’s Flexible Subscription Purchase Policy guarantees that full-season and mini-package subscribers may: 

  • Change or exchange tickets at any time prior to the performance day – no questions asked, no exchange fees.  
  • Return tickets for credit towards future purchases or donate your seats to our nonprofit arts and education mission. 
  • In the event of a performance cancellation or postponement, opt to receive a credit towards a future performance, donate the value of unused tickets back to TWB’s nonprofit mission, or receive a full refund. 

The Washington School of Ballet

  • Masking: As described above, masking and enhanced cleaning protocols are in place for all TWSB facilities while transmission levels are “medium” or “high”. When transmission levels are “low”, TWSB common areas may revert to mask-optional unless stated.
  • To ensure a safe start to the school year, TWSB will require masking for the beginning of the fall 2022 school year regardless of transmission rates for the following levels:
    • SE Campus: Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Lower Division, Teens, Upper Division
    • NW Campus: Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Lower Division (Levels 1-3) 
      • NW Campus Upper Division & Professional Training Division classes will be mask-optional
    • Adult Program classes are mask-optional except when indicated in the class listing.
    • High-volume events, such as Nutcracker auditions and rehearsals, may remain masked regardless of community transmission rates. Communication with participants will indicate masking requirements. 
    • If community transmission returns to “medium” or “high” based on CDC reporting for the DC area, masking will resume for all classes.
  • Vaccinations: Vaccinations for students ages 5 and up are required.* As described above, all staff, faculty, and contractors of The Washington Ballet and TWSB must provide proof of vaccination.
  • Drop-off & Pick-up: Only students and authorized personnel may remain inside TWSB facilities at this time. Parents and guardians may drop off and pick up their children in the lobby, but should wait outside while class is in session. For high-volume events such as Nutcracker auditions and rehearsals, parents and guardians should remain outside during pickup and drop-off.
  • Positive Cases: Any member of the TWSB community who tests positive must alert TWSB immediately by emailing
    • The school will notify parents or guardians of any potential exposure.  
    • If a student or staff member is exposed or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to follow updated CDC guidelines for exposure or illness before returning. Find the CDC’s Isolation & Exposure Calculator here.

The above policies will remain in place until further notice and will be updated as circumstances evolve.  

Individual ticket buyers will receive show reminders that include COVID-19 policy notifications via email in advance of their performances. 

Please check back on this page for the most up-to-date information.  Last updated November 17, 2022.

*excluding medical and religious exemptions for children’s classes.

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