The Washington Ballet selects talented students from DanceDC participant schools to receive a full merit-based scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet. EXCEL! Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to study classical ballet, free of charge, for a full school year. This program is vital for these TWSB students, who would not be able to pursue their dance training without financial support.
“Being witness to an incredible dancer who maybe would have never even tried dancing if it weren’t for DanceDC or EXCEL! is an unbelievable experience,” says Katrina Toews, Director of TWB@THEARC. “To be able to offer scholarships to these select students is an honor. EXCEL! is about finding that raw talent and doing whatever we can to amplify it.”
Latino Dance Fund
As a part of The Washington Ballet's community outreach, TWB has created the latino dance fund. The Washington Ballet's Latino Dance Fund aim to:
TRAIN. Create scholarship opportunities for serious ballet students throughout Latin America to come to Washington, DC to pursue professional training at The Washington School of Ballet
INSPIRE. Provide free dance training to thousands of underprivileged Latino children throughout Washington, D.C.
DANCE. Hire and retain talented Latino dancers int he Ballet's professional and studio dance companies.
CREATE. Develop Latino-themed ballet works to be performed at prestigious theatrical venues throughout the nation and internationally.
The Latino Dance Fund was founded by Artistic Director Septime Webre and philanthropists Pilar Frank O'Leary and Isabel Ernst. The fund strives to celebrate and benefit Latino students, dancers and programming. The fund creates scholarship opportunities for dance students from throughout the Americas to study at The Washington School of Ballet. The initiative also provides important opportunities for underprivileged Hispanic children throughout the nation's capital to participate in TWB's DanceDC program. With the aid of the fund, TWB trains pre-professional dancers throughout its Studio Company program and hires exceptionally talented dancers from across the Americas into The Washington Ballet's Company. .