Open Class Schedule & Calendar

Open Class Schedule & Calendar

The Washington School of Ballet’s Adult Program offers a full curriculum focused on training for adults taught by a diverse roster of national and international teaching artists. Our flexible drop-in format and variety of levels allows dancers at any level to join our vibrant community of dancers.


Open Class Schedule

Please carefully note class locations. Most classes will take place at our Cathedral Commons location. Classes that take place at THEARC will have a note in the class title. Advance registration is required.

See our Class Schedule on Mindbody


Class Schedule: Summer 2024

11:00AM-12:00PM – Mat Pilates
7:00PM-8:30PM – Beginner I Ballet

10:00AM-11:30AM – Intermediate I Ballet
7:00PM-8:00PM – Open Level Afro-Cuban Modern at THEARC (June 25- July 19)
7:30PM-9:00PMIntermediate I Ballet
7:45PM-9:15PM – Beginner II Ballet

9:30AM-11:00AM – Advanced Beginner Ballet
12:00PM-1:30PM – Beginner II Ballet
7:15PM-8:45PM – Advanced Beginner Ballet

10:00AM-11:30AM – Intermediate II Ballet
12:00PM-1:30PM – Beginner I Ballet
7:30PM-9:00PM – Intermediate I Ballet
7:30PM-9:00PM – New to Ballet Fundamentals
8:00PM-9:00PM – Open Level Ballet at THEARC (June 27- July 26)

10:00AM-11:30AM – Advanced Beginner Ballet
12:00PM-1:30PM – Beginner I Ballet

9:30AM-11:00AM – Advanced Beginner Ballet
9:30AM-11:00AM Fundamentals II Ballet
11:00AM-12:00PM – New to Ballet Fundamentals
12:00PM-1:30PM Beginner I Ballet
12:30PM-2:00PM – Intermediate II Ballet
1:30PM-3:00PM – Beginner II Ballet

10:00AM-11:30AM  Advanced Beginner Ballet
10:00AM-11:30AM – Intermediate II Ballet
11:30AM-1:00PM New to Ballet Fundamentals
12:00PM-1:30PM – Fundamentals II Ballet
1:30PM-3:00PM – Beginner II Ballet 
1:30PM-3:00PM – Beginner I Ballet 
1:30PM-3:00PM – Advanced Beginner Modern/Horton Technique

Adult Open Class Calendar

2023-2024 Adult Open Class Calendar

  • Tuesday, July 4, 2023: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes cancelled. Classes resume Wednesday, July 5.
  • Monday, August 28 – Monday, September 4, 2023: Adult classes are canceled. Classes resume Tuesday, September 5.
  • Monday, October 9, 2023: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes canceled. Classes resume Tuesday, October 10.
  • Monday, November 20 – Sunday, November 26, 2023: Classes held at THEARC will be canceled due to Nutcracker load-in. Classes at our Cathedral Commons location will be held as usual.
  • Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24, 2023: On 11/22, morning classes will be held as regularly scheduled and all evening classes will be canceled. 11/23-11/24 TWSB will be closed and all classes canceled. Classes resume Saturday, November 25.
  • Sunday, December 24 – Tuesday, December 26, 2023: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all adult classes canceled.
  • Monday, December 25 – Sunday, December 31, 2023: SE Adult classes at THEARC are on break.
  • Wednesday, December 27 – Saturday, December 30, 2023*: Adult classes are running on a reduced schedule. *Subject to change
  • Sunday, December 31 – Monday, January 1, 2024: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all adult classes canceled. Classes resume Tuesday, January 2.
  • Monday, January 15, 2024: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes canceled. Classes resume Tuesday, January 16.
  • Monday, February 19, 2024: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes canceled. Classes resume Tuesday, February 20.
  • Sunday, March 31, 2024*: Adult classes are running on a reduced schedule. Classes resume their regular schedule Monday, April 1. *Subject to change
  • Saturday, May 25 – Friday, May 31, 2024: Adult classes on break. Classes resume Saturday, June 1.
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes canceled. Classes resume Thursday, June 20.
  • Thursday, July 4, 2024: TWSB will be closed for the holiday and all classes canceled. Classes resume Friday, July 5.
  • Monday, August 26 – Monday, September 2, 2024: Adult classes on break. Classes resume Tuesday, September 3.
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Class and Level Descriptions

Class and Level Descriptions

New to Ballet Fundamentals
This 60-minute class is a basic ballet class for absolute beginners. No previous experience necessary. This class introduces novice students to the fundamentals of ballet technique and focuses on: alignment, stretching, strengthening, balance, floor work, full barre, center, movement, and incorporates basic terminology, dance history and classroom etiquette. Upon completion for a semester, it builds confidence and prepares one to attend Beg. 1 class.

Skills – Pliés, tendus, dégagés, développé and grands battements, preparation for pirouettes; basic foot and arm positions, 7 basic forms of motor movement (walking, skipping, triplets, sauté, assembles, chassé, jeté).

Fundamentals II Ballet
Students must have taken New to Ballet Fundamentals class for at least 2 semesters and registration is confirmed with permission of teacher.

This 1.5 hour class is for students who have taken New to Ballet Fundamentals for at least 2 semesters and are preparing to transition to Beg. 1 level classes. Students must have taken the Fundamentals class for at least 2 semesters and registration is confirmed with permission of teacher. This class will take the beg. student from facing the barre to turning sideways with one hand at the barre and will teach all proper arm positions and port de bras to complete a full barre. This class incorporates basic terminology, dance history and classroom etiquette. This class will build confidence and fully prepare dancers to attend any Beg. 1 class. This is not for the novice dancer.

Skills – Pliés, tendus, dégagés, fondus, rond de jambes, frappés and grands battements, preparation for pirouettes, basic foot and arm positions, and more.


Open Level Ballet
This adult ballet class introduces participants to basic barre work, simple stretches, and center exercises, all in an engaging and relaxed atmosphere.  All levels are welcome.


Beginner I Ballet
Prerequisite: Highly recommend students Fundamentals II Ballet before attending Beg. 1.

This class is for beginners who may be returning after many years away from the art form and wishing to ease back into ballet. Not for novice students. This class introduces basic terminology, foundational ballet technique with a focus on proper alignment, and class etiquette. Repetition is critical for students at this level, so participating in two or more classes per week is encouraged to progress into the next level.

Skills – Full barre including fondus, rond de jambes, en dehors pirouettes, incorporation of basic foot and arm positions with movement, waltzes, piqué, chaînés, tombe pas de bourrée, beginning of petit allégro, incorporate basic steps into simple movement combinations (8 count grand allégro).


Beginner II Ballet
This class is for beginner students who already have a foundational understanding of ballet terminology and technique. It is a perfect class for those who have studied ballet in the past and are returning to the art form after many years or after recovering from an injury. Class material advances from the Beginner 1 level to include slightly more complex movements and coordination. Class continues to incorporate dance terminology and class etiquette.

Skills – Full barre adding in frappés, simple adagio, en dehor and en dedans pirouettes, more complex combinations using basic foot and arm positions, waltzes in all directions, simple adagio, petit and grand allégro, simple combinations utilizing all material learned to date in longer phrases.


Advanced Beginner Ballet
This class is a progression from Beginner Ballet 2 classes. Students in this level have attended ballet classes regularly in recent years or throughout adolescence. A deep knowledge and understanding of ballet terminology, ballet technique alignment principles, and execution of core ballet technique is expected.

Skills – Full barre that increases in complexity and pace, frappés, rond de jambe en l’air, adagio, en dehors and en dedans and attitude pirouettes, more complex center combinations, waltzes used in combinations, simple adagio and petit allégro, grand allégro, 16 count combinations utilizing all material learned to date.


Intermediate I Ballet
This class is for the more proficient and experienced student with a minimum of 5 years training who is looking for an Intermediate level class that moves at a slightly slower pace. A deep knowledge and understanding of ballet terminology and alignment principles, as well as the ability to execute core ballet technique is expected. This class will remain at the Intermediate level of technique, however, barre combinations and center work will cater to students who prefer a slightly slower pace and want to concentrate on improving existing levels of technique.


Intermediate II Ballet
This class is for the more proficient and experienced student with a minimum of 5 years training who is looking for an Intermediate level technique class that moves at a brisk pace. A deep knowledge and understanding of ballet terminology and alignment principles, as well as the ability to execute core ballet technique is expected. The class will move at a quicker pace than all other class levels with students executing complex movement sequences with more developed strength and proficiency.


Advanced Beginner Pointe
Students should be at an advanced beginner/intermediate level of ballet and should be taking at least 3 other technique classes/week. This class is recommended for those with at least a year of experience dancing on pointe and who would like to improve their pointe technique at a faster pace. This class focuses on strengthening the feet and ankles, proper alignment, maximum lengthening of the body, and movement and fluidity. Skills gained in this class help support the adult dancer in their other technique classes in soft slippers and helps to build confidence on pointe. This class will guide students through exercises to progress their work starting at an advanced beginner level in pointe and will continue to progress through the year. Each class will be spent at the barre before moving to center work.

Skills – Strength building exercises at the barre such as échappé, fondus, piqué, passé, preparation for pirouettes.  Center – pirouettes (en dehor and en dedans), chaînés, piqué, bourrée, pas de bourrée, and more.

For the safety of our adult students, the use of pointe shoes is at the discretion of the instructor.


Open Level Modern at NW Campus
Open Level Modern emphasizes the core fundamentals of modern dance. This class focuses on contractions, spirals, and basic floor work. This class highlights rhythmic analysis and the elemental concepts of energy, space, and time. Students will gain core strength, flexibility, and increased comfort with self-expression through movement.  

Skills: contractions, spirals, utilization of plie as basis for expansive movement, rhythmic analysis, proper execution of dance technique as basis for expansive movement, attitude turns, proper use of breath, and more. All levels are welcome. At least one year of dance experience is recommended.  


Open Level Modern at SE Campus 
This is a Horton-based modern technique class with creative elements.  All levels welcome; at least one year of dance experience is recommended.


Advanced Beginner Modern/Horton Technique
Designed for students with an advanced beginner level in ballet and with some previous modern training. This class also focuses on developing individual artistry and self-expression. Students will gain an understanding of modern dance vocabulary rooted in a variety of techniques such as Horton, Graham, and Limon. Students will gain agility, strength, coordination, and flexibility in addition to an increased understanding of body awareness and technical skill level. Emphasis of class is on musicality and long movement phrases.

Skills – flat backs, laterals, primitive squats, leg swings , elementary balance, swing and release work, seated basic Horton floor work and Horton movement progressions across the floor, prances, triplets, side falls, Egyptian walks, stag turns, and more.


Mat Pilates
Mat Pilates is composed of lengthening and strengthening exercises that focus on your core (trunk) muscles while also training your arms and legs. The entire class is on the floor and your body is completely supported by gravity. Based on the original exercises Joseph Pilates developed, mat work originated before the creation of any equipment or “machines” and includes over 500 exercises that can be practiced anywhere. Mat Pilates can be modified for any age, body, or fitness level and therefore, is open to all levels including the novice beginner. A great way to fine tune and condition your body. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Skills – Pilates is a mind, body, and spirit practice that builds a strong and balanced body. It improves alignment and posture of the entire body, lengthens muscles which improves flexibility and mobility, improves overall coordination and balance, increases lung capacity, improves concentration and focus, increases body awareness, stress management and injury prevention. You can take what you learn from mat and apply it to improve your dance classes.


Performance Workshops
TWSB AP Performance Workshops are offered as an opportunity for more advanced students to take class room work to the stage and work with TWSB’s leading faculty. Students will experience the process of rehearsals and stagecraft while developing specific skills necessary to successfully execute a public performance. It also helps to build self-confidence, discipline, to learn proper stage etiquette, and methods of evaluating one’s work. Performance Workshops are a supplement to the regular schedule of technique classes and is the highest level of work in one’s training.

Photo: Lauren Victor

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Workshops provide focused attention for students in a particular level, style, or area of technique and additional options from the ongoing open class schedule to train with TWSB faculty, Company dancers, and artistic leaders. Workshops vary in length but are typically held in one to eight-week sessions.

More Workshops coming soon!


How to Register:

Login to your MindBody Online student account > Click “Workshops.” > Click “Enroll Now.”


For more information about workshops, contact

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Register For Class


Register & Purchase Classes

Log-in/Create Account for Mindbody

Advanced registration is required for ALL classes/workshops.
Please note that weekend classes fill up very quickly.

You may log into your Mindbody account to cancel your registration up to 30 minutes prior to class start. All no-shows & cancellations after that time will be charged as if you had attended.

Class Pricing

Purchase Classes

  • Single class credit $20 / $15 at THEARC
  • 5-class credit package $95
  • 10-class credit package $180


*Only one discount will apply at a time.*

Donor Discount
Receive 15% off of Adult class credits when you become a donor at the Second Position level or above! Once you become a member, create a Mindbody account and email to request the Donor Membership. The Donor Membership on Mindbody allows you to purchase class credits at a 15% discount. Please provide your name and giving level, then allow 2 business days for processing.

Become a Donor now!

TWSB Alum & Enrolled Student rate for IN-STUDIO Classes
Students who graduated from our Upper Division or Professional Training Programs or are currently enrolled in these programs may receive a 25% discount on Adult class credits. Create a Mindbody account and email to request this membership. Please provide your name, campus and either year of graduation or current level. Please allow 2 business days for processing.


  • 5-class credit package $85
  • 10-class credit package $160

You must be approved via the below application to purchase these cards. Once approved for a membership, you will be able to purchase class cards at the discounted rate. All class cards expire 12 months from date of purchase. Student/Artist memberships must be renewed yearly, 65+ memberships do not expire. 

Who qualifies for the TWSB Age 65+/Student/Artist Rate?

  • Students aged 65+ with valid government-issued ID,
  • Students currently enrolled full-time in college or high school,
  • Professional dancers, dance teachers, or free-lance dance artists who derive a minimum of 50% of their income from dance activities.


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Policies & FAQ


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Frequently Asked Questions

Students can cancel their class registration up until 30 minutes before the class starts to receive their class credit back. If a student cancel less than 30 minutes before the class starts, or do not show up, the class credit will not be returned.

All workshop, and program registrations are final. No refunds will be made.

In exceptional circumstances class credits may be offered on a case by case basis at the discretion of The Washington Ballet staff.

To request changes, email

TWSB does not have a dress code for adult classes and workshops. 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 find more information and suggested dancewear retailers on our Online Program Resource Guide.

Classes are primarily designed for adult and mature students. Dancers must be at least 12 years of age or older to participate.

No late entry past 5 minutes from the start time of class. This is to prevent injury resulting from inadequate warm-up. We suggest arriving at the studio at least 5 minutes, but no earlier than 15 minutes, prior to the class start time.

We have a class for students at almost any level! If you have never taken a TWSB class before, we recommend you try one level lower and “size up” from there. If you have never taken ballet before, we recommend our New to Ballet Fundamentals class.

See class and level descriptions here.

All substitutions will be listed in the registration system. Please log into your student account and view the schedule for date in which you are interested. Any scheduled class teacher changes or substitutions will appear in the “Teacher” section of the Class Schedule.

Visit our contact & location page here:

Adult Program General Inquiries –, 202.349.0261

Most Adult classes are held in The Joseph C. Coleman Studios at 3308 Wisconsin Ave, NW. The studios are on the 2nd floor. If you enter at street level, our entrance is on Wisconsin Ave between Cactus Cantina and Barcelona Wine Bar. 

There is two-hour street parking available on Wisconsin Ave, NW and around the neighborhood. Please check posted street signage for zone and time restrictions.

Garage parking is available below The Joseph C. Coleman Studios at Cathedral Commons. Parking entrances are off of Macomb and Newark Street NW. The garage offers complimentary parking to our students and guests for up to two hours. Your ticket needs to be validated at our front desk before leaving our studio.

No. You are not allowed to use cell phones in class for any purpose. Please exit the studio if you have an emergency call so you do not disrupt class. If you would like to film yourself in our studios, you may request to reserve space by emailing

Liability & Medical Consent
I agree that I will not hold The Washington Ballet, Inc. (Washington School of Ballet, hereafter referred to as “TWSB”), or any faculty member, volunteer, or employee, liable for injuries sustained or illness contracted by myself or the student during the attendance of classes, rehearsals or any related functions.
In consideration of my or my minor child’s or children’s participation in classes, rehearsals, and activities at TWSB, off-site activities sponsored by TWSB, including the use of facilities and equipment, I, on behalf of myself and my minor child(ren), representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin, agree to this assumption of risks, waiver of liability and indemnification agreement.

I understand that dancing and physical training pose certain inherent risks, including the risk of personal injury, death, property damage, loss arising from physical trauma or exertion, or illness including exposure to and infection with viruses and bacteria. I understand that I and my minor child(ren) voluntarily assume these risks.

I agree that neither TWSB, nor its members, servants, agents, or employees, shall be liable to me or my minor child(ren) for any injuries or damage to my or my child(ren)’s person or property, arising out of or connecting with my or my minor child(ren)’s participation in the activities described above, or arising at or connecting with the premises of TWSB. I and my minor child(ren) therefore forever release and discharge TWSB, along with its members, servants, agents and/or employees, from all claims, demands, injuries, damages, actions, or causes of action arising out of or connecting with all acts of active or passive ordinary negligence on the part of TWSB or its members, servants, agents or employees. Furthermore, I and my minor child(ren) agree to indemnify and hold harmless TWSB, along with its members, servants, agents, and/or employees, from any and all costs, expenses, and liabilities directly and indirectly arising from any claims, demands, injuries, damages, actions, or causes of action, by whomever or whenever made or presented, for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death arising out of or relating in any way to my or my minor child(ren)’s participation in the activities described above.

Coronavirus Warning & Disclaimer:
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus. Covid-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participation in TWSB’s activities or accessing TWSB facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. Measures have been put in place that aim to reduce the spread of Covid-19, however TWSB in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in TWSB programs or accessing TWSB facilities.

You understand that, while TWSB may take a number of health precautions, TWSB cannot eliminate the inherent risk posed by COVID-19 to the community. Additionally, TWSB cannot guarantee that its agents, contractors, members, or clients will comply with these measures and precautions and TWSB does not assume responsibility for their actions, omissions or negligence.

I affirm that I am of legal age and am the student or parent/legal guardian of the minor child(ren) named in this registration. On behalf of the minor(s), I have read this agreement and fully understand that I am giving up legal rights and remedies that I, my spouse, a legal guardian for the minor, or the minor might have now or in the future.

I authorize TWSB to call 911 for emergency treatment for me or my child on my behalf if I am not able to be reached. I further release TWSB from all liabilities for injuries or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind.

Medical Communication
The Washington School of Ballet requires information regarding physical or psychological conditions to best serve their students educational needs within the very demanding and physical art form of dance. Any disclosed information will be kept confidential.

Terms & Conditions
Tuition Payments & Refunds
I understand that tuition is payable in full at the time of registration with a credit card. No refunds will be made for unattended classes.

Dismissals from TWSB Programs and Productions
TWSB reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student from any class or classes without refund if a student’s behavior is abusive or disruptive to other students, faculty or staff. Furthermore, TWSB reserves the right to terminate enrollment without refund if a parent/guardian or student demonstrates a pattern of actions or behavior that causes an undue strain on faculty and administrative resources.

Possession or consumption of alcohol or any illegal substance, including prescription drugs, is grounds for immediate expulsion from TWSB.

Non-Discrimination Policy
The Washington Ballet, Inc. (Washington School of Ballet), a non-profit organization, does not discriminate against applicants or students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Instruction & Contact
I understand that in order to provide the student with quality instruction, the faculty at TWSB will at times use hands on contact as a vital component to aid in the learning of proper body alignment, turn-out, and placement.

Photo/Media Release
I agree to allow any photos and/or videos taken on The Washington Ballet, Inc.’s premises or at the theater to be published for the promotion of The Washington School of Ballet or The Washington Ballet. I understand that for promotional, marketing, advertising, and other such lawful purposes, The Washington Ballet, Inc. may use the image and name of me or my child in media formats such as print, videos, etc.

Required uniforms must be worn in all classes. All students must have hair pulled back from the face and secured. Students should wear hair in a bun when possible. Shorter hair may be secured with a white cloth headband. All students must be neatly groomed.

Etiquette & Communication
I agree to adhere to the classroom etiquette, evaluation, and other guidelines outlined by TWSB faculty or administrators.

I agree to read and respond to TWSB communications regarding my or my student’s account.


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Our site’s registration form requires users to give us contact information (like name and email address). We use contact information from the registration form to send the user information about TWB. The user’s contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; you may do so on the “Join our Mailing List” page of the “News & Media” section on our site.

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TWB will protect any financial information given by users for the purpose of purchasing products.

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TWB’s web site automatically collects data from its visitors for statistical evaluation. This information might include length of time visited and the Internet service provider (ISP) used, as well as which pages are visited. This information helps us determine the usefulness of the site for our visitors and suggests ways in which we can improve.

Our site contains links to other sites, most notably when a user makes a ticket purchase. These links take a user to other web sites that are not protected by TWB’s privacy policy. Once a user leaves our site, he or she is subject to the privacy policies of the host site being visited. Our online ticket services, Ticket Master, the Kennedy Center, and the Harman Center contain privacy policies and security measures to protect your financial information. Please read each site’s privacy policy for more details.

If you choose to contact a staff member of TWB through e-mail, please note that e-mail is not protected by the security of this Web site. E-mail may pass through networks that are unprotected. Please note that you are always welcome to call a staff member at 202.362.3606.

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