Online Classes for Adults

Dance with us Online!

We are pleased to offer digital Live Stream Open Classes, Live ‘Pay What You Can’ Classes, On Demand Classes, and Online Workshops to keep you moving at home! Browse the tabs to the left to see how you can dance with us. You can also view additional suggestions to keep moving and stay in shape in our Resources Guide.

Photo by Kelsey Arrington

 

A Note to All Participants:
Before joining a class, please take a moment to consider the appropriate class-level. See TWSB’s level descriptions to help guide you. When in doubt about which level to take, join a lower level first.

Take a moment to prepare your space before class. Use your best judgment when selecting your temporary barre to ensure stability as you work. Consider the floor surface and wear appropriate footwear such as ballet slippers. Test your work area before beginning.

Make smart choices and be mindful of your space as you work. The faculty and demonstrators may have very different environments. Listen closely for options to modify exercises that may align with your environment and technique level.

Most importantly, enjoy! We are excited to continue dancing with you!

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Live-Stream Open Classes

Live-Stream Open Classes

These online open classes streamed via Zoom provide adult students the opportunity to receive feedback in a live-streamed ballet class setting. Classes are capped at approximately 30 students. TWSB faculty provide instruction and a “demonstrator” will be present for all classes to allow students to follow along for guidance.

Live Open Class Schedule:

Saturday, November 21
10:00-11:30AM EDT, Beginner Ballet 2 with Elizabeth Gaither
12:00-1:00PM EDT, Stretch, Agility, and Strength with Jessy Dick

Tuesday, November 24
12:00PM-1:30PM EDT, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Damien Johnson

Wednesday, November 25
12:00PM-1:30PM EDT, Beginner Ballet 2 with Shu-Chen Cuff

Thursday, November 26–Monday, November 30
NO LIVE CLASSES

Tuesday, December 1
12:00PM-1:30PM EDT, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods

Wednesday, December 2
12:00PM-1:30PM EDT, Beginner Ballet 2 with Shu-Chen Cuff

Thursday, December 3
10:00AM–11:30AM EDT, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Royce Zackery
7:30PM-9:00PM EDT, Beginner Ballet 1 with Jessy Dick

Friday, December 4
10:00AM-11:30AM EDT, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods

Saturday, December 5
10:00-11:30AM EDT, Beginner Ballet 2 with Elizabeth Gaither
12:00-1:00PM EDT, Stretch, Agility, and Strength with Jessy Dick

How to Register & Purchase Classes:

 

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Pay What You Can Classes

Pay What You Can Online Classes

The intention behind our ‘Pay What You Can’ classes is to provide affordable options for students to learn from esteemed TWSB faculty and try new ways of moving. While payment for these classes is not required, we do hope participants will consider making a donation to The Washington Ballet’s Stronger Than Ever Fund


Pay What You Can Class: Ballet for the Family with Jessy Dick
Saturday, November 28, 10:00AM-11:00AM

Virtual Zoom Studio

Bring the whole family with you to class over the holiday weekend! This family-friendly, one-hour class will incorporate elements of our Stretch, Agility, and Strength and Beginner Ballet 1 classes. Dancers of all ages and levels are welcome to join.

Pre-registration is required. To register click here.

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On Demand Classes

On Demand Classes

Therese Gahl

November Student Appreciation Discounts

During this season of gratitude, we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to our students for your continued dedication and enthusiasm for our online classes. Monday, November 23 through Sunday, November 29 we’re excited to offer Student Appreciation Days. During this time, enjoy a 15% discount on our On Demand Videos as a small token of our appreciation.

NEW On Demand Classes:

  • Beginner Ballet 1 with Jessy Dick
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods
  • Beginner Ballet 2 with Elizabeth Gaither

Now offering LIMITED EDITION On Demand Master Classes with TWB Company Dancers! Videos available for purchase Monday, November 23 through Sunday, November 30. After you’ve completed the rental purchase, you will have access to the video for 24 hours.

  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Sona Kharatian
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Ayano Kimura
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Katherine Barkman

Don’t miss our full On Demand Library of OVER 60 videos to enjoy! Classes Include:

30-minute videos:

  • Conditioning with Damien Johnson
  • Yoga for Dancers with Melissa Lineburg

60-minute videos:

  • Stretch, Agility, & Strength with Jessy Dick
  • Basic Level Mat Pilates with Fidel Garcia
  • Intermediate Level Mat Pilates with Fidel Garcia
  • Steele Sculpt with Sarah Steele

90-minute Ballet class video:

  • Beginner Ballet 1 Class & Variations with Constance Dinapoli

And more:

  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Therese Gahl
  • Advanced Beginner with Damien Johnson
  • Beginner Ballet 2 with Shu-Chen Cuff
  • Stretch, Agility, and Strength with Jessy Dick
  • Conditioning + Advanced Beginner Ballet with Damien Johnson
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods
  • Beginner Ballet 1 with Jessy Dick
  • Beginner Ballet 1 Class & Variations with Constance Dinapoli
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods

Purchase On Demand videos for $8 and enjoy for seven days. Students may repurchase videos for continued viewing.

Follow these steps to access and purchase On Demand classes:

  • Login to your adult student account or create a new student account
  • Need help with your password or accessing an existing account? Email Kourtney Ginn.
  • Once logged in, select the “TWSB for Adults” tab.
  • Select “On Demand Videos” to see all available videos. Select “On Demand Video Playlist” to view groups of videos organized by series or level.
  • To purchase and view videos, select the film icon, then click “Make Your Payment.” Click “video list,” then click the film icon in the top left corner.
  • After purchasing, you will have access to the video for seven days.

View your purchased video by logging into your student account. Click “Video List”, then click the film icon in the top left corner.

Questions about On Demand Videos? Email Kourtney Ginn.

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Online Workshops

Upcoming Online Workshops

 

Monthly Fundamentals Workshop: Understanding Alignment with Jessy Dick

Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PM-8:30PM, ET
Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $13 per class

Jessy Dick teaching Beginner Ballet 1

In our Fundamentals Workshops, students will meet once each month for a deep dive into the basics of ballet technique to better understand how to work correctly. Sessions will start with basic alignment and muscle engagement from the inside out as well as specific breakdowns of fundamental steps and exercises. With Jessy’s guidance, students will practice how to engage the correct muscles and increase technical efficiency in an open and supportive environment to foster growth and confidence.

Pre-registration is required.

Zoom details will be shared with registrants prior to the start of each class.

Login to your student account or create a new account to register and purchase classes. Read our step-by-step instructions for registering here.


Workout Wednesdays

Wednesdays, December 2-16, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $33 for the series or $13 per class

Workout Wednesdays are a great way for students to add pep to their hump day. The workshop will include a variety of workout styles including, but not limited to Zumba, Pilates, Barre Workout, and more!

Nardia Boodoo practicing Pilates

December 2: Zumba with Rebekah House
December 9: Pilates with Nardia Boodoo
December 16: Barre Workout with Tara Antonipillai

Pre-registration is required.

Zoom details will be shared with registrants prior to the start of each class.

Login to your student account or create a new account to register and purchase classes. Read our step-by-step instructions for registering here.


Company Connections Workshops: The Nutcracker

Company Connection Workshops are a unique opportunity to learn movement styles and choreography inspired by the professional company’s repertoire. Join TWB Company dancers as they share videos, movement, conversation around favorite roles from TWB’s The Nutcracker.

By Theo Kossenas, media4artists

Mother Barnum
Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 6:30PM-7:45PM, ET
Teacher: Nicholas Cowden
Level:  All levels and abilities welcome.
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $20

This 75-minute workshop will begin with a conversation about the characterization and interpretations of the beloved Mother Barnum role in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker. As a role primarily focused on torso and arm movements, Nick will lead a brief warm-up class that can be performed seated or standing, then teach movements inspired by the Mother Barnum role.

Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, December 16
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM, ET
Teacher: Jessy Dick
Level: Beginner Ballet 2/Advanced Beginner
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $20

This two-hour workshop will include a classical ballet warm-up class, followed by learning movement phrases from the Cardinals role in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, and a brief Q&A session with Jessy.

Cherry Blossoms
Date: Friday, December 18
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM, ET
Teacher: Nardia Boodoo
Level: Advanced Beginner/Ballet 2
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $20

This two-hour workshop will include a classical ballet warm-up class, followed by learning movement phrases from the Cherry Blossoms role in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, and a brief Q&A session with Nardia.

Pre-registration is required.

Zoom details will be shared with registrants prior to the start of each class.

Login to your student account or create a new account to register and purchase classes. Read our step-by-step instructions for registering here.

 

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How to Register and FAQs

How to Register & Purchase Classes:

Login to your student account or create a new account. Select the “TWSB for Adults” tab, then “Class Schedule” tab. There you will see all live-stream open classes and online workshops available for registration.

Read our step-by-step instructions for registering here.

Once registered for class, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom information to join class. Registration closes 20 minutes prior to the class start time or when the class reaches capacity.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Class credits, both in-studio and virtual, never expire. We are happy to transfer your existing in-studio class credits to virtual class credits at a one-to-one exchange. Please email Kourtney Ginn to request this transfer.

No; class credits can only be used for Live Open Classes. Virtual class credits may be used for any classes on the live-stream schedule. In-studio class credits may be used for in-person classes when TWB re-opens its studios.

All class and program registrations are final. No refunds will be made for live or recorded classes or special events such as workshops. In exceptional circumstances class credits may be offered on a case by case basis at the discretion of The Washington Ballet staff. Changes to your open class registrations will only be considered up to one hour prior to the start of the class. To request changes, email Kourtney Ginn.

Every home setup is different, but we suggest ensuring you have a clear, open space and a stable object to use as your barre for ballet classes. For some classes (like Stretch Agility and Strength) you may also want a yoga mat close by. You can find more resources for setting up a home studio on our Online Program Resource Guide.

There is no dress code for taking online classes. We recommend wearing comfortable, form-fitting clothing. Footwear is highly dependent on the class genre and type of flooring you have, but ballet slippers or socks may be appropriate for ballet classes. For jazz, contemporary, and other styles, bare feet or jazz shoes may also be appropriate. Please read class descriptions carefully or reach out to TWSB staff to learn more. You can also find more information on our Online Program Resource Guide.

There are no set age restrictions for online classes though they are mostly geared toward adult and mature students. We recommend dancers be 12 years of age or older.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early for class. To prevent injury resulting from inadequate warm-up, students may not join in-studio classes if they arrive more than 15 minutes after the advertised class start time.

We have a class for students at every level! Read more about our class levels here.

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