Distance Learning Resources
Distance Learning Resources
The Washington Ballet’s distance learning resources are designed to help classroom teachers and home-schooling parents explore the art of classical ballet with their students. The Washington Ballet aims to support families, teachers, and students by providing engaging digital educational content that inspires children to dance, move, and learn at home and share the joy and beauty of The Washington Ballet.
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- Ballet Activity Guide: K-3rd Grades
- Ballet Activity Guide: 3rd-6th Grades
- Classical Ballet Activity Guide
- Performance Videos
- Swan Lake Distance Learning Guide
- Classical Music Learning Guide for Swan Lake
- The Nutcracker Distance Learning Guide
- The Sleeping Beauty Distance Learning Guide
- Ballet Coloring Book
Share the JOY of dance with your students!
The Washington Ballet’s Student Matinees are one-hour, curated performances designed to give students and teachers access to professional, classical ballet, and contemporary dance performances. They include a Q&A with TWB dancers after the performance to deepen students’ understanding of dance and foster an appreciation for our athletic art form.
All classes receive:
- Reduced-price tickets
- A pre-show workshop in your classroom to prepare students to see the ballet and deepen their understanding of the production
- A curriculum guide for the ballet
- A post-show discussion with the cast immediately following the performance
All DCPS and DCPCS Elementary Schools Receive:
- Free Tickets and Transportation for 2nd – 5th grade class field trips
- Benefits of seeing live dance performances
Studies have shown seeing live performances increase student’s ability to:
- Playfully engage in learning
- See situations in new ways
- Relate past experiences to future events
- Overcome adversity
- Express original ideas
Excerpts from Children’s perceptions of live arts performances: A longitudinal study
Schiller, W. (2005). Children’s perceptions of live arts performances: A longitudinal study. Early Child Development and Care, 176(6), 543-552
Upcoming Student Matinees:
Friday, May 15, 2020
11:00AM – 12:00PM
The Warner Theatre
- DC public and public charter schools receive free tickets and transportation upon request.
- Public schools in Maryland and Virginia receive $10 tickets.
- Independent schools receive $20 tickets.
To learn more about The Washington Ballet Student Matinees, contact Vanessa Hope, Director of Community Engagement, email@example.com
DanceDC is an arts integration program that provides in-school workshops and residencies to Pre-k – 12th grades. The program’s goal is to use creative movement and dance to improve students’ academic achievement. Guided by the National Core Arts Standards for Dance, the program can be integrated into core subject classes including reading & literacy, math, science, social studies, and physical education. All our residencies will introduce students to the cultural history, music, and fundamental movements of the dance genre you choose. The goals of the DanceDC program are to enable students to:
- Develop their knowledge and appreciation for dance.
- Understand and retain core curriculum concepts.
- Develop greater confidence and improve self-esteem.
- Develop and strengthen collaboration skills.
- Cultivate creativity
- Improve their focus and self-discipline
- Celebrate diverse cultures through dance and music
Residencies are customized to meet your curriculum goals and grade level standards. We recommend residencies meet twice a week for a minimum of seven weeks and culminate with a sharing or performance. However, we can design residencies to meet the needs of your students, curriculum, and budget.
Creative Movement Residency
Designed for Pre-K – 1st grade students, this residency will bring the joy of dance to your school day. Students will exercise creativity, imagination, rhythm, and motion while reinforcing curriculum content such as letters, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, environments, and social concepts like sharing and taking turns. Children will develop body awareness, increased strength, agility, and motor coordination while exploring characters and physical storytelling through guided improvisation.
Arts Integration Residencies (2nd – 5th grade)
Infuse your curriculum with kinesthetic learning by incorporating dance into a core unit of study. Our lesson plans are customized to meet your unit learning standards and the National Core Arts Standards for Dance. The residency will culminate with a dance performance inspired by the unit content and demonstrating the students’ understanding of dance techniques and the unit’s concepts. Common residency topics include: astronomy, weather, inspiring people, money, storytelling, heroes and villains, math and animals
Example Arts Integration Residencies:
- Fairy Tales
Grades: 1st & 2nd
Dance Genre: Creative Movement
The Fairy Tale residency aims to explore the common elements of fairy tales and the variety of fairy tales all over the world. Combining dance, creative movement, and role playing with literacy skills, this residency will culminate with a performance of a fairy tale.
- Heroes and Villains
Grade: 2nd & 3rd
Dance Genre: Classical Ballet
In mythology, literature, comics, and films, heroes and villains entertain, enlighten, and educate us. During this residency, students will explore storytelling, heroism, and villainy through movement and dance. The residency will culminate with a dance performance of either a story the students have read in class or an original tale of heroes and villains created by the class.
- Journey to Space
Grades: 3rd – 5th
Dance Genre: Contemporary Ballet
Explore the world of outer space through movement and dance. This residency will ignite students’ imagination as they explore concepts such as gravity, orbits, lunar cycles, stars, constellations, and our universe. The residency will culminate with a dance performance that tells the story of their journey through space.
- Dance Counts (Math)
Grade: 2nd – 5th
Dance Genre: Ballet or Urban Dance
Counting, sequencing, composing shapes, and estimating lengths are all inherent to dancing. During our Dance Counts residencies, students will strengthen their math skills by exploring counting, addition, subtraction, sequencing, shapes, and measurements through movement. They will also reinforce these skills as they explore music, rhythm, and choreography.
- The World of Dance Residencies (Grades 6th – 12th)
Explore a variety of world cultures through their music and dance. Students will be introduced to the people, location, rhythms, music, and dance genres throughout the world. Dance genres you may choose from include:
Middle Eastern Dance
- Classical Ballet Residency
Students will be introduced to the foundation of classical ballet technique at a developmentally appropriate level. Class begins with stretch and strength exercises. Classical ballet postures, positions, and movements are practiced in place, moving across the room and at a barre if available. Students will develop and strengthen gross-motor skills, coordination, balance, muscle strength, and confidence. Students will learn to collaborate as they memorize and perform dance sequences to a mix of modern and classical music.
- Let’s Move! Residency
Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, TWB’s Let’s Move! Residency aims to improve the physical well-being of students in our community by infusing dance and fitness workouts into their daily. Let’s move students train in a variety of strength and conditioning techniques. The residency is physically vigorous in an accepting and encouraging environment. Students will also learn about nutrition, making healthy eating choices, and the importance of moving every day.
- We require a large, open space free of desks or tables for our classes.
- Ballet classes are most successful with a maximum of 25 students per Teaching Artist.
- TWB Teaching Artists are professional dancers and trained educators.
- We require a teacher, administrator, or program coordinator to partner with and to always be present during the residency.
Workshop Fees are based on a $100 per hour rate per Teaching Artist.
Residency Fees are based on a $100 per hour rate per Teaching Artist and a planning fee. The planning fee is determined by the size and length of the residency and the level of customization. It is important to us that this program be accessible to your students. We will work with you to meet your curriculum and budget needs while maximizing student impact.
Payment Schedule: 50% of the fee is due in advance to secure the dates and commit the Teaching Artists/Dancers. This deposit must be received no later than two weeks before the first scheduled workshop. The remainder is due with two weeks of the final workshop, lecture demonstration, or culminating performance.
DanceDC Merit Scholarships
The Washington ballet awards the DanceDC Merit Scholarship to DanceDC students in 2nd – 4th grades who demonstrate exceptional talent and potential for ballet. We do this to identify dancers from our community and invest in the development of their talent and love for ballet. Recipients of the DanceDC Merit Scholarship receive tuition for a full year of training at The Washington School of Ballet.
DanceDC School Partnerships:
- Beers Elementary
- Bishop Walker School for Boys
- Bruce Monroe Elementary
- KIPP DC Arts & Technology Academy
- John Eaton Elementary
- O. Wilson Elementary
- Moten Elementary
- Malcolm X Elementary
- Randle Highlands Elementary
- Smothers Elementary
- The Washington School for Girls
- Turner Elementary
If you would like to bring DanceDC to your school, please contact DeMoya Watson Brown, Community Engagement Manager
Contact Karen Shepherd, Deputy Director of Development, to learn how to sponsor a DanceDC residency.
"Meet a Dancer" Lecture-Demonstrations
“Meet a Dancer” Lecture-Demonstrations
The Washington Ballet’s “Meet A Dancer” lecture-demonstrations are an opportunity for students to meet two professional ballet dancers in costume, see a short performance, and demystify the art form without leaving their school. These can be programmed as classroom visits or as an assembly, allowing for as many students to participate as your space allows. Students will discover what classical ballet is, what it’s like to train and work as a professional dancer, why they wear tutus, how those shoes work, and how they can learn to dance too.
If you would like to bring a lecture-demonstration to your school, please contact Vanessa Hope Director of Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Teaching Philosophy
Our Teaching Philosophy
The Washington Ballet Teaching Artists are professional dancers and educators who create positive, dance education experiences and foster a love for dance by:
- Believing everyone can learn to dance.
- Creating inclusive learning environments wherein everyone is welcomed and accepted.
- Demonstrating how dance is an athletic art form.
- Imparting the knowledge and proper technique of our dance form.
- Respecting and acknowledging the culture every dance form originates from.
- Empowering students to discover their own artistic expression.
- Developing greater confidence in students.
- Giving students the opportunity to create, lead and perform.