Dance for All

The Washington Ballet is proud to announce the 2019 Dance for All, a community engagement initiative that brings free performances, demonstrations, and dance classes to every neighborhood in Washington, DC. Dance for All puts The Washington Ballet’s mission to bring the joy and artistry of dance to our nation’s capital into action. Find an event near you!

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Free Classes

Free Classes

Join us for free classes at our SE and NW campuses and around the city throughout our Dance for All celebration! To attend, simply show up 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the class. Learn more about policies, what to expect, and answers to frequently asked questions here.

Photo by Kelsey Arrington

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Monday, April 8 , 7:15 – 8:45PM
Vinyasa Yoga at TWSB SE Campus
Ages: 18+

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 – 7:45PM
Street Jazz at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 12+

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 – 8:45PM
Beginner Ballet at TWSB SE Campus
Ages: 18+

Thursday, April 11, 7:30 – 8:30PM
Pilates at TWSB SE Campus
Ages: 18+

Saturday, April 13, 8:30 – 9:30AM
Zumba at TWSB SE Campus
Ages: 18+

Sunday, April 14, 9:30-10:00AM
Creative Dance at TWSB NW Campus
Ages 3 & 4

Sunday, April 14, 9:00 – 10:00AM
Strength, Agility, and Stretch at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 16+

Sunday, April 14, 10:00 – 10:30AM
Creative Dance at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 3 & 4

Sunday, April 14, 10:30  – 11:00AM
Pre-Ballet 1 at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 4 & 5

Sunday, April 14, 11:00  – 11:30AM
Pre-Ballet 2 at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 5 & 6

Sunday, April 14, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Basics of Ballet at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 16+
Adults and teens are invited to discover the joy of ballet. This class is designed to introduce novice students to the fundamental aspects of ballet. Learn class etiquette, ballet vocabulary, body alignment principles, and the proper execution of movements such as pliés and tendus.

Sunday, April 14, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Beginner Ballet I at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 16+

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Hirshhorn STORYTIME at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dance! Join us for a special STORYTIME with The Washington Ballet! We will examine lines in art, read The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot, and make lines with our own bodies. Following the story, stay for a dance workshop or make your own artwork.

Wednesday, April 17, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Hirshhorn STORYTIME at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dance! Join us for a special STORYTIME with The Washington Ballet! We will examine lines in art, read The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot, and make lines with our own bodies. Following the story, stay for a dance workshop or make your own artwork.

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:00PM
Ballet Barre & Sculpt Class at City Winery
Ages: 21+
Enjoy a wine tasting or dinner* guilt free after working off the calories with a TWB ballerina! Sarah Steele will lead a fun, vigorous, and free barre and sculpt class that incorporates postures and techniques from ballet, yoga, and pilates. Learn what exercises professional ballerinas use to sculpt their figures. Strengthen, tone, and toast the night away! (*while the barre class is free of charge, any food or wine must be purchased)

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 – 7:00PM
Ballet Barre & Sculpt Class at City Winery
Ages: 21+
Enjoy a wine tasting or dinner* guilt free after working off the calories with a TWB ballerina! Sarah Steele will lead a fun, vigorous, and free barre and sculpt class that incorporates postures and techniques from ballet, yoga, and pilates. Learn what exercises professional ballerinas use to sculpt their figures. Strengthen, tone, and toast the night away! (*while the barre class is free of charge, any food or wine must be purchased)

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 – 7:45PM
Street Jazz at TWSB NW Campus
Ages: 12+

Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Hirshhorn STORYTIME at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dance! Join us for a special STORYTIME with The Washington Ballet! We will examine lines in art, read The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot, and make lines with our own bodies. Following the story, stay for a dance workshop or make your own artwork.

Wednesday, May 8, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Hirshhorn STORYTIME at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dance! Join us for a special STORYTIME with The Washington Ballet! We will examine lines in art, read The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot, and make lines with our own bodies. Following the story, stay for a dance workshop or make your own artwork.

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Free Performances & Events

Free Performances & Events

Join us for free performances and events throughout DC during our month of Dance for All!

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Dance for All Kick-off Event at Petalpalooza

Celebrate spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival‘s Petalpalooza for a full day of live music and engaging activities at The Wharf! Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show! Check out The Washington Ballet’s dance party from 3:00 – 4:00PM and meet some of our dancers

District of Joy at CityCenterDC

The Washington Ballet and CityCenterDC have teamed up to bring joy to the District with live ballet performances in The Plaza at CityCenter throughout the spring season. Join us on Friday nights from April 12 through May 3 from 6:00 to 8:00PM to enjoy free performances by The Washington Ballet. Eat, drink, shop and relish the joy of dance.

Cherry Blossom Performance at the National Arboretum

Celebrate spring with The Washington Ballet at the National Arboretum. Enjoy cherry blossom inspired performances every half hour from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Meet and take photos with some of our dancers, do a craft, and learn about The Washington School of Ballet.

Cherry Blossom Performance at the Tidal Basin

Get a front row seat to The Washington Ballet and the cherry blossoms in full bloom at the National Cherry Blossom festival’s Tidal Basin Stage. The ANA Stage presents performances during the Festival that demonstrate cross-cultural exchange through a dynamic mix of American, Japanese, and other cultural performing arts. Visit our table to meet and take photos with some of our dancers and do a craft from 1:00 to 1:30PM.

Pulse Performance at the Hirshhorn Museum

Don’t miss a chance to experience The Washington Ballet’s original, contemporary dance created for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the nation’s museum of modern art.  Pulse includes three Immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data Join us on Level 2: Friday, April 19, 12:30PM and Friday, April 26, 4:00PM.

TWB at City Winery

Enjoy an intimate Washington Ballet performance at City Winery’s concert venue on April 24 and April 29 at 8:00PM. Combining the rustic appeal of wine country, Mediterranean inspired cuisine, and an intimate stage featuring a series of new dances created specifically for City Winery, you are guaranteed to have a night to remember.

The Sleeping Beauty Excerpts

The Washington Ballet invites families to a free one-hour performance of Act III of The Sleeping Beauty at THEARC on April 27, TWB Main Building on April 28, and at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on May 4. Act III depicts the wedding celebration of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré and includes many famous fairy tale characters as wedding guests including Little Red Riding, The Wolf, and Puss in Boots. A Q&A with members of company will follow the performance.

Lines in Space Performance

Check out The Washington Ballet’s original, contemporary dance choreographed by Nicole Graniero created for Fred Sandback’s Untitled (Sculptural Study, Twelve-Part Vertical Construction), which bisects the gallery space with a dozen columns of red and black yarn. The installation is part of the Hirshhorn Museum’s permanent collection exhibition What Absence is Made Of, investigating ways artists make visible the invisible and bringing to light common threads not previously explored. Space is limited! Reservations are required.  

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Free Lectures

Free “Meet a Ballet Dancer” Lecture/Demonstration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a ballet dancer? Or have you ever wanted to try a ballet class but didn’t know where or how? Join us at our “Meet a Ballet Dancer” Lecture/Demonstration series across the city and meet two Washington Ballet dancers in person. Hear their personal stories from falling in love with ballet to becoming a professional dancer, and see their impressive ability. Get to dance yourself as they teach basic ballet and storytelling through movement. Get answers to all your questions such as: what are pointe shoes, why do ballet dancers wear tutus, and what does it take to become a professional dancer? Ages two and up are invited to attend.

Joy Asico (www.asicophoto.com)

 

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TWSB NW – Cathedral Commons
April 14, 10:00AM and 11:00AM

Deanwood Library
April 17, 10:30AM

Benning Library
April 19, 2:00PM

Woodridge Library
April 20, 2:00PM

Francis A. Gregory Library
April 23, 10:30AM

Deanwood Library
April 24, 10:30AM

Parklands-Turner Library
April 24, 4:30PM

Southeast Library
April 25, 4:00PM

Shepherd Park Library
April 29, 4:00PM

West End Library
April 30, 11:00AM

Anacostia Library
May 1, 10:30AM

Capitol View Library
May 2, 4:00PM

Tenley-Friendship Library
May 5, 3:30PM

Francis A. Gregory Library
May 7, 10:30AM

Shepherd Park Library
May 7, 4:00PM

Mt. Pleasant Library
May 8, 4:30PM

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Ticketed Events

Ticketed Events

In the Cold Room
Dance Place

Saturday, April 27, 8:00PM
Sunday, April 28, 7:00PM

TWB dancers will perform Christopher K. Morgan’s 2014 work, In The Cold Room, as part of CKM&A’s annual season performance at Dance Place. Said to be “direct, transcendent and entrancing” by Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post, the work is part of a mixed repertory evening that will also feature two dances performed by CKM&A, including Morgan’s 2005 acclaimed solo Rice and the premiere of On Defen(c)e. This is a ticketed event ranging from $15-$30.

CKM&A, a resident company of Dance Place, is a professional contemporary dance company founded as a vehicle for Morgan’s choreographic exploration of social and cultural issues.

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