Classes for Adults

Dance with us!

We are pleased to offer a variety of class formats to meet you where you are! Explore more information about In-Studio, Online, ‘Pay What You Can’, and On Demand Classes as well as Workshops and Private Lessons by clicking the tabs to the left.

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You can also view additional suggestions to keep moving in our Resource Guide.

Photo by Kelsey Arrington

 

A Note to All Participants:

We are excited to move with you!

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, we suggest joining a lower level first.

All class formats use recorded music at this time. Pre-registration is required for all classes/workshops and registration closes 30-minutes before the class start time or when class reaches capacity.

Information about IN-STUDIO classes:

  • Starting September 13, 2021, Adult Program students are required to show proof of full vaccination before entering the building and confirm their vaccination status when registering.
  • All in-studio classes will take place at Cathedral Commons (3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 2nd floor)
  • Carefully read all of our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures before entering the studio.
  • Arrive at the studio no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the class start time. Also note, that students will not be allowed to enter the studio after class has started.

Information about ONLINE classes:

  • The Zoom Studio will open five minutes before the class start time.
  • Take a moment to prepare your space and test your work area before beginning.
  • For ballet classes, use your best judgment when selecting your temporary barre to ensure stability as you work. Stretch classes use a yoga mat or towel as they often include floor exercises.
  • Consider the floor surface and wear appropriate footwear such as ballet slippers, socks, or bare feet depending on the class.
  • Make smart choices and be mindful of your space as you work. Listen closely for options to modify exercises that may align with your environment and technique level to ensure you are working safely.

Most importantly, enjoy class!

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Open Classes

Open Classes

Photo by Gilles Delellio.

Open classes are available for students to take as their schedule allows. There are two open class formats: In-Studio and Online. All require advance registration. Learn more about each format below:

  • IN-STUDIO: Taken by students in a TWB studio with the faculty member teaching from the same studio.
  • ONLINE: Taken by students via Zoom from their personal studio space.

Starting September 13, 2021, Adult Program students are required to show proof of full vaccination before entering the building and confirm their vaccination status when registering.

Fall 2021 Open Class Schedule:

*This schedule is in effect Tuesday, September 7 – Friday, December 31. Please check the registration system for faculty substitutions*

Please carefully read our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures before registering for an IN-STUDIO class. Advance registration is required for ALL classes and registration closes 30-minutes before the class start time or when class has reached capacity.

All IN-STUDIO classes take place at Cathedral Commons (3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW,2nd floor).

Monday
11:00AM-12:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner II Ballet with Lisae Jordan
12:30PM-1:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Stretch & Lengthen with Lisae Jordan
7:00PM-8:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner I Ballet with Jessy Dick

Tuesday
11:00AM-12:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Intermediate I Ballet with Nancie Woods 
7:30PM-9:00PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner II Ballet with Rafael Bejarano

Wednesday
9:30AM-11:00AM ET, In-Studio: Advanced Beginner Ballet with Royce Zackery
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner II Ballet with Shu-Chen Cuff
7:00PM-8:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Advanced Beginner Ballet with Elizabeth Gaither

Thursday
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate II Ballet with Aaron Jackson
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, In-Studio: Beginner I Ballet with Constance Dinapoli
7:45PM-9:00PM ET, In-Studio: Advanced Beginner Ballet with Royce Zackery
7:30PM-9:00PM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate I Ballet with Tamas Krizsa

Friday
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate II Ballet with Aaron Jackson
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner I Ballet with Noline Edmond

Saturday
9:30AM-11:00AM ET, In-Studio/Online: Advanced Beginner Ballet with Tamas Krizsa
9:30AM-11:00AM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate II Ballet with Aaron Jackson
11:00AM-12:00PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Stretch & Strengthen with Jessy Dick
12:00PM-1:30PM ET, In-Studio/Online: Beginner I Ballet with Royce Zackery
12:30PM-2:00PM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate II Ballet with Roger Plaut

Sunday
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, In-Studio: Advanced Beginner Ballet with Bahareh Sardari
10:00AM-11:30AM ET, In-Studio: Intermediate II with Linda Baranovics

How to Register & Purchase Classes:

  • Login to your student account or create a new account. Read our step-by-step instructions for registering here.
  • Class Pricing:
    • ONLINE Classes: $13
    • IN-STUDIO Classes: $20
  • All classes require advance registration. Registration is available one week before the class day/time and closes 30 minutes prior to the class time.
  • Students who have previously purchased class packages and have remaining in-studio credits on their account are welcome to use them for in-studio classes. Read our registration guide and FAQs here.

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Workshops

Workshops

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.


IN-STUDIO Company Connections Workshops: The Nutcracker  

By Theo Kossenas, media4artists

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, and conversation around favorite roles from TWB’s charmingly-DC version of The Nutcracker. 

Cardinals with Ayano Kimura
Date: Sunday, December 19
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, ET
Level:  Beginner II and Advanced Beginner Levels
Location: Cathedral Commons, 3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Cost: $30 

This 2-hour workshop will include a classical ballet warm up class, followed by learning movement phrases from the Cardinals role, and a brief Q&A session with Ayano. 

Advance registration is required. Log in to your student account or create a new account to register. 

Jessy Dick in The Nutcracker. Photo by xmbphotography.

Cherry Blossoms with Jessy Dick
Date: Sunday, December 12
Time: 10:30AM-12:30 PM, ET
Level:  Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Levels
Location: Cathedral Commons, 3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Cost: $30 

This 2-hour workshop will include a classical ballet warm up class, followed by learning movement phrases from the Cherry Blossoms role and a brief Q&A session with Jessy. 

Advance registration is required. Log in to your student account or create a new account to register. 

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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Pay What You Can Classes

Pay What You Can 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.

Clases ‘Pague lo que Pueda’
La intención detrás de estas clases es proveer opciones asequibles donde los estudiantes pueden aprender de nuestros estimados maestros. Aunque los pagos no son obligatorios, le pedimos que lo tomen en consideración ya que todas las donaciones.


IN-STUDIO and ONLINE:
Pay What You Can Class: Beginner Ballet 2 with Stephanie Sorota

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Sorota.

Date: Saturday, November 20
Time: 1:45PM-3:00PM ET
Location: Cathedral Commons (3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
Register: ONLINE registration or IN-STUDIO registration

Join TWB Company dancer, Stephanie Sorota for this Beginner Ballet 2 class.

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.

This class is for adult students. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please carefully read our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures before registering to attend in-studio.

 

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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 Private Lessons

 Private Lessons for Adult Students

Elizabeth Gaither teaching. Photo by Kelsey Arrington.

Seeking clarity on new aspects of your technique? Looking to address a particular habit? Wanting to work slower with individualized feedback? Private lessons are available for adult students and may be a useful supplement to your weekly class schedule.

At this time, only online private lessons are available. Online lessons, for one to three students, are 45-minutes, cost $100, and are held via Zoom. Learn more about important lesson policies.

Ready to schedule? Fill out this form to request a lesson.

Read one student’s experience with online private lessons:
The instructor is a great listener and takes my personal goals seriously and incorporates them into our sessions, explaining how the moves we work on will help me pursue them. The instructor is also a great observer, watching closely and fine tuning my movement — explaining what every relevant part of my anatomy should be doing and feeling. In two lessons, I’ve already learned so much!

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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 open, drop-in classes and workshops available for registration. Open, drop-in classes are only open for registration seven days in advance.

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

Once registered for class, you will receive a confirmation email to join class. Advanced registration is required for ALL classes/workshops. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the class start time or when the class reaches capacity.

Cómo Registrarse y Pagar por las Clases: Ingrese a su cuenta de estudiante o puede crearse una nueva cuenta. Seleccione la pestaña “TWSB para adultos” y luego la pestaña “Horario de Clases”. Allí encontrará todas las clases con transmisión en vivo y los talleres en línea. Estos estarán disponibles para registro. Lea el manual con instrucciones paso por paso para registrarse aqui. Cuando se haya registrado, recibirá una confirmación por email con la información del Zoom para la clase. La registración cierra 20 minutos antes del comienzo de la clase o si la clase llega a su capacidad máxima.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

For the fall session (September 7-December 31, 2021), adult classes will operate under the outlined protocols and procedures found here. Please carefully read these before registering for an IN-STUDIO class.

In summary, the following will be in place:

  • Proof of full vaccination required.
  • Masks, covering nose and mouth, required
  • Dressing rooms closed
  • No late entry into class
  • Students permitted into the building no more than 15 minutes before class
  • Students must depart the building within 10 minutes of the end of class

Currently, TWSB is operating at approximately 85% capacity for IN-STUDIO classes. The number of students allowed for each class format is listed below:

IN-STUDIO: FACULTY – 20 students, in addition to one faculty member
ONLINE – 30 students

Class credits, both IN-STUDIO and ONLINE, never expire. We are happy to transfer your existing IN-STUDIO class credits to online class credits at a one-to-one exchange if you are no longer able to join us for IN-STUDIO classes. Please email Kourtney Ginn to request this transfer.

However, we do not allow for the transfer of ONLINE class credits to IN-STUDIO credits.

 

No; class credits can only be used for open, drop in classes. ONLINE class credits may be used for any classes notated as ONLINE. IN-STUDIO class credits may be used for IN-STUDIO classes. At this time, On Demand videos must be purchased one-by-one as the student’s schedule allows.

All class, workshop, and program registrations are final. No refunds will be made for ONLINE, IN-STUDIO, 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 open class registrations will only be considered up to two hours prior to the start of the class. To request changes, email Kourtney Ginn.

Every personal studio 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 and Strengthen) you may also want a yoga mat close by. You can find more resources for setting up a personal studio space on our Online Program Resource Guide.

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.

Late entry for IN-STUDIO classes is not permitted. This is to keep everyone safe as we operate under our Covid-19 safety protocols and procedures and to prevent injury resulting from inadequate warm-up.. For IN-STUDIO classes we suggest arriving at the studio at least 5 minutes, but no earlier than 15 minutes, prior to the class start time.

The Zoom studio for ONLINE classes opens approximately 5 minutes prior to the start time of class.

We have a class for students at every level! Read our class descriptions here.

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