Dance for All

The Washington Ballet’s second city-wide Dance for All event will take place September 14 – October 19, 2019.

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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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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Excerpts from Tchaikovsky

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Washington School of Ballet during a festive afternoon filled with cake and ballet. Families are invited to enjoy cake, conversation, and a 30-minute performance of excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballets: The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. A Q&A with the company members will follow the performance. Join us on September 15 at TWSB NW or October 6 at TWSB SE.

District of Joy at CityCenterDC

The Washington Ballet and CityCenterDC have teamed up to bring 'Joy to the District' with free pop-up performances on The Plaza at CityCenter during our Fall 2019 Dance for All festival. Join us On September 25 and October 2 at 6:30PM and eat, drink, shop, and relish the joy of dance.

TWB at ¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day

The Washington Ballet joins ¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day at The National Portrait Gallery to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy an original dance choreographed by Helga Paris-Morales, TWB Studio Company member and up-and-coming choreographer. Create art inspired by Latinx artists, learn to draw the human figure in motion, and move your body during Latin Dance Classes with The Washington Ballet during this festive and bilingual celebration.

TWB at Arlington Valley Fest

Come out and dance with The Washington Ballet at Arlington Valley Fest. Area musicians and performing artists will set the stage for entertainment, local artists will showcase their works of art, and food trucks will offer tasty delights. A kid’s zone will keep the family busy and beer will be in abundance from the New District Brewing Company

TWB at Taste of the Harvest Festival

Taste of the Harvest is a community gathering event celebrating the harvest season of the Bridge Park Plots and THEARC Farm. Enjoy a meal outside with activities inside the farm, live performances, and connections with the food web network east of the river. Students from The Washington School of Ballet’s SE campus at THEARC will perform, faculty will lead a fun dance fitness class, and there will be hands on activities for children.

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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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Sunday, September 15, 10:00 – 10:45AM
Free Creative Movement Class, Ages 3-5
TWSB NW – Main Building
RSVP required
This class is designed to introduce students to The Washington Ballet’s Creative Movement program. Creative Movement introduces young children to creative movement through guided improvisation, movement stories, and props. Children 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.

Sunday, September 15, 10:00 – 10:45AM
Free Pre-Ballet Class, Ages 6-8
TWSB NW – Main Buidling
RSVP Required 
This class is designed to introduce students to The Washington School of Ballet’s Pre-Ballet program. Our Pre-ballet classes are designed to prepare children for formal ballet instruction. Students explore basic dance principles and ballet etiquette in a creative environment. Children are guided through a formal progression of exercises beginning with stretch and strength exercises, basic ballet posture, classical movement concepts, and differing musical tempos.

Saturday, October 5, 1:00-2:00PM
Free S
tretch, Agility & Strength Class, Ages 18+
TWSB NW – Cathedral Commons
RSVP Required
This total-body conditioning class uses stretching, agility, and strength exercises used by dancers to tone, refine, and lengthen your muscles as well as increasing range of motion and joint strength. This is a perfect addition to your weekly schedule to build strength or to take as a warm-up before entering a full ballet class.

Sunday, October 6, 2:00-2:45PM
Free Creative Movement Class, Ages 3-5
TWSB SE Campus
RSVP Required
This class is designed to introduce students to The Washington Ballet’s Creative Movement program. Creative Movement introduces young children to creative movement through guided improvisation, movement stories and props. Children 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.

Sunday, October 6, 2:00-2:45PM
Free Barre Fitness Class, Ages 18+
TWSB SE Campus
RSVP Required
Adult barre is a full body workout for all levels designed to strengthen and tone through a series of low impact, isometric, and mindful movements. The workout utilizes the ballet barre and also includes floor work with core-based conditioning, free weights, and stretching. This sculpting workout will leave you feeling stronger and more limber with every class.

Monday, October 7, 10:00-11:00AM
Free Stretch, Agility & Strength Class, Ages 18+
TWSB NW – Cathedral Commons
RSVP Required
This total-body conditioning class uses stretching, agility, and strength exercises used by dancers to tone, refine, and lengthen your muscles as well as increasing range of motion and joint strength. This is a perfect addition to your weekly schedule to build strength or to take as a warm-up before entering a full ballet class.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 – 8:45PM
Free Adult Beginner Ballet Class, Ages 14+
TWSB SE Campus
RSVP Required
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.

Thursday, October 10, 7:30 – 8:30PM
Free Barre Fitness Class, Ages 18+
TWSB
SE Campus
RSVP Required
Adult barre is a full body workout for all levels designed to strengthen and tone through a series of low impact, isometric, and mindful movements. The workout utilizes the ballet barre and also includes floor work with core-based conditioning, free weights, and stretching. This sculpting workout will leave you feeling stronger and more limber with every class.

Saturday, October 12, 8:00-9:00AM
Free Adult Zumba Class, Ages 18+
TWSB SE Campus
RSVP Required
Ditch the workout, join the party! This class incorporates popular songs heard on the radio mixed with Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves making you feel like you are dancing in a music video.

Saturday, October 12, 10:15-11:30AM
Free A
dult Beginner Ballet 1 Class, Ages 18+
TWSB NW – Cathedral Commons
RSVP Required
Adults are invited to discover the joy of ballet. 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.

Thursday, October 17, 12:00-1:15PM
Free Adult Beginner Ballet 1 Class, Ages 18+
TWSB NW – Cathedral Commons
RSVP Required
Adults are invited to discover the joy of ballet. 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.

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Free Latin Dance Classes

Free Latin Dance Classes

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we are offering an introductory Latin dance class during our Dance for All festival. Participants will learn the origins and moves of several Latin Dances dances including the Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata.

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Mount Pleasant Library

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:00PM
Southeast Library

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 3:00PM
Petworth Library

Tuesday, September 24, 10:30 – 11:30AM
Francis Gregory Library 

Tuesday, September 24, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Anacostia Library

Thursday, September 26, 4:30 – 5:30PM
Northwest One Library

Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Shepherd Park Library

Wednesday, October 11, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Cleveland Park Library

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 – 8:00PM
Lamond-Riggs Library

 

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Free Lectures and Talks

Meet-a-Dancer!

Meet-a-Dancer! is an opportunity to meet two professional ballet dancers, hear their unique journeys of dedication and perseverance, and demystify classical ballet. The dancers will read a children’s book, demonstrate classical ballet, and teach an interactive lesson. They will also answer questions and pose for photos.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00PM
Shirlington Library

Monday, September 16, 2019, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Shaw Library

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00 – 12:45PM
The John F. Kennedy Center REACH

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00PM
Parklands Library

Monday, September 30, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Capitol View Library

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Tenley-Friendship Library

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00PM
West End Library

The Washington Ballet and Hirshhorn Modern Art Museum Story Time Partnership

Experience contemporary art through stories and movement. Join us as we introduce children to artwork on view in the museum, read a book aloud, and then explore the story, characters, and themes through creative movement. Then, stay and play while your little artist creates. Ideal for ages 3-5.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
10:00 – 11:00AM
11:30AM – 12:30PM
Book: Julián Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love

Sunday, September 29, 2019
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Cuenta-Cuentos: Spanish Storytime

Panel Discussion: What does it take to become a professional dancer?

Saturday, October 5
Time: 2:00-3:00PM
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Dancers in The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company come from all over the world. Join us as they share their stories, unique journeys, and talk about what is takes to become a professional dancer.

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