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, January 23
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, Beginner Ballet 2 with Elizabeth Gaither
12:00PM-1:00PM ET, Stretch, Agility, & Strength with Jessy Dick

Tuesday, January 26
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Damien Johnson

Wednesday, January 27
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, Beginner Ballet 2 with Shu-Chen Cuff

Thursday, January 28
10:00AM–11:30AM ET, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Royce Zackery
7:30PM-9:00PM ET, Beginner Ballet 1 with Jessy Dick

Friday, January 29
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, Advanced Beginner Ballet with Nancie Woods

Saturday, January 30
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, Beginner Ballet 2 with Elizabeth Gaither
12:00PM-1:00PM ET, Stretch, Agility, & 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: SteeleSculpt with Sarah Steele

Tuesday, January 26, 7:30PM-8:30PM ET
Virtual Zoom Studio
Pre-registration is required. To register click here.

Sarah Steele teaching.

Join Company dancer, Sarah Steele, for her signature one-hour full-body Pilates-inspired mat workout. Class will challenge and inspire while getting your body moving and muscles engaged. Students of all ages and levels are welcome to join. Learn more about Sarah and SteeleSculpt on Instagram @steelesculpt.

 


Pay What You Can Class: Advanced Beginner Ballet Class with Kristy Windom

Wednesday, February 10, 7:30PM-8:45PM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Pre-registration is required. To register click here.

Upper Division Head Kristy Windom teaching an adult class

Join TWSB Upper Division Head, Kristy Windom, for an Advanced Beginner Ballet Class.

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.

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On Demand Classes

On Demand Classes

Damien Johnson teaching OnDemand class.

Don’t miss our full On Demand Library of OVER 80 videos to enjoy! Classes include 30-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute formats in various styles and levels including: Body Conditioning such as yoga and Pilates, Beginner Ballet 1, Beginner Ballet 2, and Advanced Beginner Ballet.

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

 

Company Connection Workshop: Womb of Heaven with Helga Paris-Morales

Sunday, January 24, 11:00AM-1:00PM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $20
To register, log in to your adult student account or create a new student account. 

Womb of Heaven filming. Photo by xmbphotography.

Company Connection Workshops are a unique opportunity to learn movement styles and choreography inspired by the professional company’s repertoire.

Company dancer and Create in Place commissioned choreographer, Helga Paris-Morales, will share excerpts of movement from her new piece, Womb of Heaven, set to debut in early February. The workshop will include a classical ballet warm-up class, followed by learning movement phrases from Womb of Heaven, and a brief Q&A session with Helga. The workshop is expected to move at an Advanced Beginner pace.

Pre-registration is required and closes 20 minutes before the class start time. Learn more about Womb of Heaven and Create in Place.


Company Connection Workshop: Something Human with Andile Ndlovu

Sunday, January 31, 11:00AM-1:00PM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $20
To register, log in to your adult student account or create a new student account. 

Andile Ndlovu during the filming of Something Human. Photo by xmbphotography.

Company Connection Workshops are a unique opportunity to learn movement styles and choreography inspired by the professional company’s repertoire.

Andile Ndlovu, Company Dancer and Create in Place commissioned choreographer, will share excerpts of movement from his new piece, Something Human, set to debut February 5 on Marquee TV. The workshop will include a ballet warm-up class, followed by learning movement phrases from Something Human, and a brief Q&A session with Andile. The workshop is expected to move at an Advanced Beginner pace.

Pre-registration is required and closes 20 minutes before the class start time. Learn more about Something Human and Create in Place.


Stretch and Lengthen with Lisae Jordan

Monday, February 1, 10:00AM-11:00AM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $13
Pre-registration required. To register, log in to your adult student account or create a new student account. 

Lisae teaching online stretch class.

Start your day by caring for yourself with an hour-long class focused on the gentle lengthening of fascia and loosening of joints. After a standing warm-up, the class moves to a mat (or towel or carpet!) to stretch major muscle groups. Modifications are offered so everyone can participate. Cats, dogs, and other fur friends are welcome. Bring a tennis ball and a theraband or kitchen towel if you have one – no worries if you don’t.


Monthly Fundamentals Workshop: Adagio & Extension with Jessy Dick

Tuesday, February 2, 7:30PM-8:30PM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $13
Pre-registration is required. To register, log in to your adult student account or create a new student account. 

Jessy Dick by Joanne Marie Photography

In our Monthly Fundamentals Workshops, students will dive into the basics of ballet technique. This session will focus on finding the balance of strength and flexibility needed to achieve longer lines and more control in adagio work. Learn more about how to approach and increase extension through exercises and work at the barre. 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.


Progressing Ballet Technique Workshop with Jennifer Buchanan

Mondays, February 22 – March 22, 7:30-8:30PM ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Studio
Cost: $60 for the full 5-week session; $13 per class
To register, log in to your adult student account or create a new student account. 

Join TWSB faculty member and certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher, Jennifer Buchanan, for a 5-week workshop dedicated to dancer conditioning. PBT uses ballet-technique specific exercises to strengthen and build muscle memory. This training is useful for injury prevention and rehabilitation, building core strength, and finding weight placement and alignment.

This workshop is open to students of all levels. We strongly recommend enrolling in the full 5 weeks, if possible.

The following items will be used in the workshop: Exercise Ball (also known as a Swiss Ball or Fit Ball), Fusion Ball (also known as a Soft Stability Ball or Pilates Soft Ball. A Soft Toy Ball can also be used), Resistance Band (also known as a TheraBand). Read more about these three items on the PBT website.

Participants should also bring a yoga mat and/or towel to class and wear clothing that can be easily rolled up to the knee.

Log in 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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