Dance For All

The Washington Ballet’s third city-wide Dance For All event returns this Spring with a full month of dance events and activities! Click through the tabs on the left for the full schedule of events.

Dance For All is a community engagement initiative that brings the joy and artistry of dance to every quadrant in Washington, DC through free performances, demonstrations, and dance classes. Find an event near you!

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Performances & Events

Performances & Events

Join us for performances & events all around the city throughout our Dance for All celebration!

Photo by Rafael Bejarano.

 

Performances at CityCenterDC
Plaza @ CityCenter
825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20268 (Ward 2)
June 3 & 4 at 6:00PM*

Shop, dine, and experience The Washington Ballet in the Plaza at CityCenter. Set under CityCenter’s iconic pink lanterns, each evening will feature a unique free program of classic pas de deux and energetic contemporary works by up-and-coming choreographers, all performed by the world-class artists of The Washington Ballet.

Performances begin at 6:00PM and last approximately one hour. Admission is free and seating is first-come, first served.

*Due to inclement weather, the Thursday, June 2 performance has been cancelled.

Past 2022 Dance For All Performances & Events:

Barre at the Bar with SteeleSculpt / company dancer Sarah Steele
Capital One Hall – The Vault (Northern Virginia)
Thursday, March 24, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Digital Screening & Discussion
Capital One Hall – The Vault (Northern Virginia)
Thursday, March 24, 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Close out your work day and come play with fellow arts lovers as SteeleSculpt / company dancer Sarah Steele leads a modified barre class. Following class, join friends and colleagues for a drink at the Vault bar (1 drink included with ticket) and a digital screening of one of TWB’s ballets on film, followed by a Q+A with the artists. This is a ticketed event.

Learn more and reserve your ticket here. Tickets are also available at the door.

Children’s Storytime
Capital One Hall (Northern Virginia)
Saturday, March 26th, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Join TWB at Capital One Hall for Books in Motion, a story time and movement demonstration with TWB. A program designed to give young readers an enjoyable experience through literature and dance. Experience the thrill of storytelling as we explore children’s books and the stories of famous ballets. Participants will also engage in interactive creative movement while exploring pantomime movements as they relate to the storybook. This is a ticketed event.

Learn more and reserve your ticket here. Tickets are also available at the door.

Hirshhorn Kids Art Cart: Invent An Instrument
Hirshhorn Museum (Ward 2)
Thursday, March 31, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Join The Washington Ballet for a special engagement at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. Come out and learn what it means to investigate and play with sound. Create your own instrument inspired by artist Laurie Anderson, while discovering how music inspires the way dancers move through space and dance in time. Dance around and make some noise with your self-made instrument!

Learn more on the Hirshhorn website here.

This event is FREE! Let us know you are coming; RSVP here.

Demonstration of “Rising Sun”, Choreographed by Stephen Nakagawa
Cherry Blossom/Sakura Matsuri Festival
“Capital Stage,” Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Between 3rd and 7th Streets (Ward 1)
Saturday, April 9, 1:00PM

Delve more deeply into the research behind the choreography and movement of Rising Sun, a ballet created uniquely for The Washington Ballet and choreographed by TWB Company dancer Stephen Nakagawa.  Mr. Nakagawa will share the movements and history behind the “fan dance” portion of his work with demonstrations by TWB dancers. Following this demonstration, Stephen will be joined by fellow TWB dancers from Japan for a moderated conversation about the piece and their experience as dancers in the US.

Tickets required.

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Classes

Free Classes

Join us for FREE classes at our SE and NW campuses and around the city throughout our Dance for All celebration!

Photo by xmbphotography.

 

Past 2022 Dance For All Classes:

Adult Stretch & Strengthen with Jessy Dick
TWB NW Campus, Joseph C. Coleman Studies 2nd Floor (Ward 3)
Saturday, April 2nd, 10:00am – 11:00am

This is a 60-minute total body conditioning class inspired by dancers, but applicable to all body types and ages. This class focuses on developing more range of motion and strength for joints, as well as toning, refining, and lengthening key muscle groups used in dance. This is a perfect class to build strength or take as a warm up before a full ballet class.

Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat for this mat focused class. Virtual class option available.

Click here to register.

Children’s Creative Movement (ages 3-6) with Emily ​Cacciotti
TWB NW Campus, Van Ness Studios (Ward 3)
Saturday, April 2, 1:45pm – 2:30pm

This dance class is designed to introduce young children ages 3-6 to creative movement explorations using props, movement stories, and guided improvisation. This class serves to develop body awareness, increased strength, and motor coordination. Students will exercise creativity, imagination, rhythm, and motion, as they explore early dance concepts in a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. This class offers an excellent foundation in early dance explorations.

Click here to register.

Children’s Intro to Ballet (ages 7-11) with Morgan Bailie
TWB NW Campus, Van Ness Studios (Ward 3)
Saturday, April 2, 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Designed for students ages 7-11, this class will introduce young dancers to the foundation of classical ballet instruction while exploring the fundamentals of classical ballet technique and terminology. Class begins with stretch and strength exercises, followed by learning ballet postures, positions and movements. Students will develop and strengthen gross-motor skills, coordination, balance, muscle strength and confidence.

Click here to register.

Family Class and Ballet Rap by Lil Tokyo Loco
Cherry Blossom/Sakura Matsuri Festival
“Capital Stage,” Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Between 3rd and 7th Streets (Ward 1)
Sunday, April 10, 2:00PM

Take part in a free family-friendly, multigenerational class taught by a dance artist of The Washington Ballet during the Sakura Matsuri Festival. This free class is designed for the entire family to be introduced to classical ballet technique, storytelling through pantomime movement, and The Washington Ballet repertoire in a welcoming and inclusive environment.  This family friendly experience will include a “ballet rap” by Lil Tokyo Loco (aka Company Dancer Tamako Miyazaki)

Tickets required.

Children’s Creative Movement with Jenifer Buchanan
TWB SE Campus at THEARC (Ward 8)
Monday, April 11, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

This dance class is designed to introduce young children ages 3-6 to creative movement explorations using props, movement stories, and guided improvisation. This class serves to develop body awareness, increased strength, and motor coordination. Students will exercise creativity, imagination, rhythm, and motion, as they explore early dance concepts in a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. This class offers an excellent foundation in early dance explorations.

Click here to register.

Children’s Intro to Ballet with Jenifer Buchanan
TWB SE Campus at THEARC (Ward 8)
Monday, April 11, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Designed for students ages 7-11, this class will introduce young dancers to the foundation of classical ballet instruction while exploring the fundamentals of classical ballet technique and terminology. Class begins with stretch and strength exercises, followed by learning ballet postures, positions and movements. Students will develop and strengthen gross-motor skills, coordination, balance, muscle strength and confidence.

Click here to register.

Children’s Story-time and Movement Class
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens 1550 Anacostia Ave NE Washington, DC 20019 (Ward 7)
Wednesday, April 13, 10:00AM

This uniquely designed class for ages 5-12 will focus on the power of storytelling through movement as it relates to the great outdoors. Participants will be inspired by their surroundings and encouraged to discover what it feels like to move through the outdoor space with structured and improvisational movements. Participants will learn about how dancers tell stories through pantomime movements, while dancing about the life cycles of various plants and animals that can be discovered in the garden.

Click here to register.

Adult Beginner I Ballet with Connie Dinapoli
TWB NW Campus (Ward 3)
Thursday, April 21st, 1:30pm-3:00pm

This class is for absolute beginners who are entirely new to classical ballet or students returning after many years away from the art form and wishing to ease back into ballet. This class introduces basic terminology and foundational ballet technique with a focus on proper alignment.

Click here to register.

Barre and Brunch with Company Dancer Samara Rittinger
Yards Park 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Ward 8)
Sunday, April 24, 9:30 AM

Join The Washington Ballet at Barre and Brunch on the Riverfront, a revitalizing way to kick start your day. Bring your yoga mat and participate in this free outdoor floor barre fitness class as you overlook the water front. The first 100 attendees will enjoy a complimentary coffee and pastry provided by La Famosa.

Click here to RSVP!

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DC Public Library Activations

Library Activations

Join us for Meet a Dancer and Story-time Demos all around the city throughout our Dance for All celebration!

WARD LIBRARY PROGRAM OPTION DATE TIME
1 Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library Meet a Dancer TBD TBD
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Story-time Demo TBD TBD
3 Cleveland Park Library Story-time Demo TBD TBD
4 Petworth Library Meet a Dancer TBD TBD
5 Woodbridge Neighborhood Library Story-time Demo TBD TBD
6 Southwest Neighborhood Library Meet a Dancer TBD TBD
7 Capitol View Library Meet a Dancer TBD TBD
8 Anacostia Neighborhood Library Story-time Demo TBD TBD

TWB’s Meet A Dancer Lecture Demonstration An opportunity for students to meet a professional ballet dancer in costume, learn about classical ballet and what it’s like to be a professional dancer, and observe a short movement demo. Dancers will share their personal story of becoming a professional dancer, discuss what it’s like to wear ballet attire and why it’s done, and participate in a Q &A and photo opportunity.

TWB’s Story-time Demonstration is a program designed to give young readers an enjoyable experience through literature and dance. Participants will have the opportunity to meet a professional ballet dancer, and be taken on a journey through story-telling as they explore stories of famous ballets and children’s books. Participants will also engage in an interactive creative movement class and explore pantomime movements as they relate to the story.

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