Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Photo of The Nutcracker Student Matinee by Lauren Victor

Share the joy of dance with your students through The Washington Ballet’s Student Matinee Program. Our student matinees are one hour, curated performances designed to give students in grades 3-12 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 the performing arts.

Photo by Lauren Victor

All classes receive:

  • Free or 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

Upcoming Student Matinees:

Swan Lake
Friday, April 17, 2020
11:00AM – 12:00PM
The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre

Friday, May 15, 2020
11:00AM – 12:00PM
The Warner Theatre

Photo by Lauren Victor


  • 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.

Student Matinee Ticket Application

  • The group leader will be the primary contact with TWB for the field trip. They will assist with organizing the trip and scheduling the in-school, pre-show workshops with TWB. The group leader is required to attend the student matinee.

  • Please select your first and second choice:
  • We require one chaperone for every 15 students. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket.
  • We require one chaperone for every 15 students. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket.
  • We require one chaperone for every 15 students. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket.
  • Does anyone in your group need assistance or accommodations? Please select from the following options:
  • The Washington Ballet provides pre-show workshops to prepare students for the performance and deepen their understanding and connection to the production and the art form. The workshops are scheduled during regular class time are your school.

    Do you agree to participate in a pre-show workshop?

  • Would your students benefit from a bilingual teaching artist (Spanish and English)?
  • The Washington Ballet provides Teacher Resource Guides to support teachers with material to deepen their students’ understanding of the production, art form, and integrate the program into their curriculum and align with Common Core and National Arts Standards. Would you use our teacher resource guide?

To learn more about The Washington Ballet Student Matinees, contact Vanessa Hope, Director of Community Engagement,

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DanceDC Residencies


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, and cultural studies. 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 


Residency Descriptions

Residencies can be 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 customize 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.

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:
    African Dance
    Classical Ballet
    Musical Theatre
    Latin Dance
    Indian Dance
    Middle Eastern Dance
    Urban Dance
  • 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.

Residency Requirements

  • 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

Participants in our DanceDC residencies who demonstrate exceptional talent, focus, and passion for dance are eligible to receive a full, merit-based scholarship to attend The Washington School of Ballet for one year.

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 Vanessa Hope, Director of Community Engagement.

Contact Karen Shepherd, Deputy Director of Development, to learn how to sponsor a DanceDC residency.

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Meet a Dancer Lecture Demonstrations

Meet a Dancer Lecture-Demonstrations

The Washington Ballet Meet A Dancer lecture-demonstration is 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,

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