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Announcements

Read all about our new School Director and incoming staff here!

Looking for Performance Photos & Videos? Don’t miss out and get yours before they’re removed!

I am/I have a current student and lost the email with the link to sign up for this Summer!

 Don’t fear, just email us for the link to sign up! NW Campus parents should email school@washingtonballet.org, and SE parents can email twsbse@washingtonballet.org. Please give the full name of your student with their current level. We’ll send you the link to sign up and create your new account on ACTIVE.

I am/I have a current student and I’m not planning on registering for Summer programs. How will we register for next School Year?

All 2023.24 School year Students will receive a link to sign up for our 2024.25 School year programs by June 1. 2024.25 School year registration for our current students opens June 1. General registration opens July 1.

How do I get an account on ACTIVE?

You will create an ACTIVE account once you register for either the Summer or the 2024.25 School Year programs. All 2023.24 School Year students in Lower, Upper, and PTD programs received an email with their Summer 2024 registration links. Students in Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet programs may register via the link on our Summer Programs page. All 2023.24 School year Students will also receive a link to register for our 2024.25 School year programs by June 1. 2024.25 School year registration for our current students opens June 1. General registration opens July 1.

What happens to my student’s records after we move to ACTIVE

TWSB has downloaded student enrollment history and student notes from our old system. This information will not appear on your new ACTIVE account, but it is accessible by our administrative staff. If you need records of your student’s involvement or your individual payment receipts, we recommend you retrieve them before the system is discontinued at the end of May 2024. Because of system limitations, after May 2024, we will not have access to individual account receipts, only data files containing enrollment records and notes.

 

What’s that $99.95 charge for? Did you accidentally sign up for ACTIVE Advantage? Visit our Payment Plans and Refund tab for more information or CLICK HERE to get information on how to request a refund from ACTIVE.

Making the update to skin-toned tights and shoes

In the summer of 2023, we updated our uniform policy across both campuses to require matching skin-toned tights and shoes for our Lower (levels 1a-3) and Upper Divisions (levels 4a-8). We added the Trainee Program to the initiative in October.  “Ballet pink” was removed an option for girls and women TWSB uniforms. This update will take time as students update their ballet wardrobes, but it’s an important update that we can all be a part of. You can help your dancer make this shift by exploring the uniform purchasing options in our TWSB Handbook on this linked page and sharing tips with your fellow parents. TWSB is committed to reviewing our policies and uniforms on a seasonal basis to ensure we match or stay ahead of industry standards.

When did the uniform change and how long do I have to find new tights and shoes? The new uniforms for Lower and Upper Division were updated in our published Parent Handbook July 2023 and went into effect for classes beginning in September 2023. The Trainee Program was updated in October 2023.

We would like all dancers to make the switch as soon as they are able, but we understand it will take time to find new apparel. We would love to see all students in matching skin-toned tights and shoes by the time they return from winter break.

What about Boys and Men’s Uniforms? Boys (Lower Division) and Men’s (Upper Division) uniforms remain as the color of their shoes and tights are not meant to mirror skin tones.

Does this mean I need skin-toned apparel for The Nutcracker? Nutcracker costuming is determined separately from TWSB’s uniform policy. For The Nutcracker, you may follow the guidelines provided.

Can I wear “ballet pink” if my skin-tone is very light? “Ballet pink” is not one of the available options for the new TWSB uniform. There are many options for light skin-tones that you may consider at the retailer suggestions provided in the TWSB Handbook. We would like all of our dancers to make this switch as a community and support each other by doing their best to wear matching skin-toned apparel.

What if I’m having trouble finding matching tights and shoes? You may not find the perfect match the first time around, but that’s okay. We realize that this is a transition for both our art-form and the retailers who support our art-form. As we are on the cusp of this transition, we have to be fearless, dare to be imperfect, and keep dancing. Please keep your teacher informed.

Previously Lower and Upper Divisions had the option to choose between “ballet pink” and “skin-toned”. Why did we decide to remove the option to wear “ballet pink”? TWSB is a committed steward of ballet, its technique and it’s future. These small shifts and updates are a part our responsibility as stewards of the art form. We also felt that making this switch as a whole community will reinforce that change isn’t the responsibility of some, it is the responsibility of all of our dancers.

Here are some articles that may explain the joyous shift in our art form:
Dance Magazine – Is Classical Ballet Ready to Embrace  Flesh-toned Tights?
Washington Post: Flesh-colored tights: Empowering my daughter through dance

Private Lessons Requests for Enrolled Students

Enrolled students may request private lessons with TWSB faculty. Lessons are $120/hr or $85/hr per person for semi-privates.

NW Campus, email school@washingtonballet.org.

SE Campus, email twsbse@washingtonballet.org.

Please read the TWSB Handbook for more information.

 


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NW Campus - Handbook, Parent Portal, Calendar

NW Campus

Main Building: 3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Cathedral Commons: 3308 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Van Ness Studios: 4200 Wisconsin Ave, NW

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NW Parent Portal for School Year 2023.24.

ACTIVE Login


Calendar – School Year 2023.24

August

Thu, Aug 31 – Parent Orientations for Nutcracker Auditions at 7:00pm via Teams

September

Mon, Sep 4 – TWSB CLOSED: Labor Day Holiday

Tue, Sep 5 – First Day of Class: Creative Dance Session 1 (9/5-11/18), Pre-Ballet – Level 8, Professional Training Division

Fri, Sep 8 – Parent Orientation: PTD online meeting at 9:00pm

Sat, Sep 9 – Parent Orientation for Upper & Lower Divisions

  • Pre-Ballet at 3:30pm (virtual only)
  • Lower Division (levels 1A-3) at 2:00pm (virtual only)
  • Upper Division at 4:00pm in the England Studio of the Main Building (in-person only)

Sat, Sep 23-Sun, Sep 24 – Auditions for Nutcracker (dates subject to change)

October

Mon, Oct 9 – NO CLASSES: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Thu, Oct 12 & Fri, 13 – Fall Showcase: Professional Training Division

Tue, Oct 31 – Halloween! All Pre-Ballet and Lower Division classes are cancelled. Creative Dance, Upper Division, PTD, and Adult Classes will run as regularly scheduled.

November

Fri, Nov 10 – Sun, Nov 12 – TWSB is OPEN and classes and rehearsals will be held as scheduled over the Veterans Day Weekend.

Mon, Nov 6 – Sat, Nov 18 – In-Class Parent Observations: Pre-Ballet

Sun, Nov 12 – Sat, Nov 18 – In-Class Parent Observations: Levels 1 – 8

Mon, Nov 13 – Sat, Nov 18 – In-class Parent Observations for Creative Dance Session 1

Sat, Nov 18 – Last Day of Class for Creative Dance Session 1 classes

Mon, Nov 20 – Sat, Nov 25 – NO CLASSES: Thanksgiving break for all levels
Note: Nutcracker rehearsals & performances continue through break. 

Thu, Nov 23 – Fri, Nov 24 – TWSB CLOSED: Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon, Nov 27 – Classes resume for Pre-Ballet – Level 8 & Professional Training Division

December

Dec 1 – Tuition Assistance Extension applications are open for Summer 2024 to families currently receiving assistance. Application period ends Apr 15 or when funding is exhausted.

Dec 5 – Summer Intensive Audition Information Session for Levels 5-8 at 8:00-8:45 (during regular class time) in the Main Building.

Tue, Dec 12 – Sun, Jan 7 – NO CLASSES: Winter Break for Pre-Ballet – Level 8 and Professional Training Division
Classes WILL meet on Mon, Dec 11
TWSB staff may be unavailable during scheduled school breaks.
TWSB is CLOSED 12/24 – 12/25 and 12/31-1/1.
Note: Nutcracker rehearsals & performances continue through break. 

January

Mon, Jan 8 – Classes resume for Pre-Ballet – Level 8, Professional Training Division

Mon, Jan 8 – First Day of Class for Creative Dance Session 2 (Jan 8-Apr 13)

Mon, Jan 8 – Summer Registration: opens for current students

Sat Jan 13 – Pointe Shoe Readiness Seminar for level 3 students at 9:15-11:15 in England Studio

Sat Jan 13 – Summer Registration: opens for new students

Mon, Jan 15 – NO CLASSES: Martin Luther King Day

Sat, Jan 20 – Auditions: Summer Programs for Lower & Upper Division/PTD

Sun, Jan 21 – Audition: PTD Don Quixote Children’s roles. Learn More

February

TENTATIVE Sat, Feb 17 – Auditions: Summer Intensive for Upper Division/PTD

Mon, Feb 19 – TWSB CLOSED/NO CLASSES: Presidents’ Day

March

Fri, Mar 1-Sat, Mar 2 – Showcase: Winter Showcase for PTD

Fri, Mar 8-Sat, Mar 9 – Showcase: Winter Showing for Levels 7 & 8

Sun, Mar 10 – Auditions: Summer Programs for Lower & Upper Division/PTD

Sun, Mar 31 – No TWSB Youth Classes: Easter

April

Fri, Apr 5-Sun, Apr 7 – Professional Training Division Presents: Don Quixote

Mon, Apr 8-Sat, Apr 13 – In-Class Parent Observations: Creative Dance Session 2

Sat, Apr 13 – Last Day of Class for Creative Dance Session 2

Mon, Apr 15 – Tuition Assistance Extensions close for Summer 2024 programs

Mon, Apr 15-Sun, Apr 21 – NO CLASSES: Spring Vacation

Mon, Apr 22 – Classes resume

May

May 1 – Tuition Assistance Applications for School Year 2024.25 open

Sat, May 4-Sun, May 5 – PTD Spring Performance at THEARC

Sat, May 11-Sun, May 12 – TWSB’s NW Campus Lower & Upper Division Spring Performance at THEARC

Sat, May 11-Fri, May 24 – In-Class Parent Observations: Pre-Ballet

Fri, May 17-Sat, May 18 – Showcase: Choreographic Workshop for PTD

Sat, May 18-Fri, May 24 – In-Class Parent Observations: Levels 1 – 8

Thu, May 23 – Showcase: UD Level 7/8 Composition

Fri, May 24 Last Day of Class: Pre-Ballet – Level 8, & Professional Training Division

Mon, May 27 – TWSB CLOSED: Memorial Day

June

Sat, Jun 1 – School Year information is available on the website

Mon, Jun 3 – End of Year Evaluations: for Levels 1- 8 and placements for Pre-Ballet 3 and up will be sent via email. Registration links for ACTIVE will follow.

Mon, Jun 10 – Fall Registration: opens for current students

Wed, Jun 19 – TWSB CLOSED: Juneteenth Holiday

 

SUMMER 2024 – NW Campus

June

Sat, Jun 22 – Auditions: Upper, Lower & Professional Training Division Fall Programs

Mon, Jun 24 – First Day of Class: 4-week and 5-week Programs

July

Mon, Jul 1 – Fall Registration: opens for new students

Thu, Jul 4 – TWSB CLOSED/NO CLASSES: July 4 Holiday

TENTATIVE Sat, Jul 13 – Auditions: Upper & Professional Training Division Fall Programs

Mon, Jul 15-Fri, Jul 19 – Parent In-Class Observations: Creative Dance & Pre-Ballet

Fri, Jul 19 – Showings: Lower Division

Fri, Jul 19 – Last Day of Class: 4-week Programs (Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, & Lower Division)

Wed, Jul 24-Fri, Jul 26 – Showings: Upper Division & PTD

Fri, Jul 26 – Last Day of Class: 5-week Programs

Mon, July 29 – First Day of Class: TWB Repertory Experience

Fri, Aug 2 – Last Day of Class: TWB Repertory Experience

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SE Campus - Handbook, Parent Portal, Calendar

SE Campus

THEARC at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE

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SE Parent Portal for School Year 2023.24.

ACTIVE Login


Calendar – School Year 2023.24

August

Sat, Aug 26 – Parent Orientation: SE CD & Pre-Ballet 10:00am, Levels 1 – 3 & Teen at 11:30am, Levels 4-6 1:00pm (in-person)

September

Mon, Sep 4 – TWSB CLOSED: Labor Day Holiday

Tue, Sep 5 – First Day of Class: Pre-Ballet – Level 6, Mommy & Me and Creative Dance Session 1 (9/5-11/18)

Sat, Sep 9 – Auditions: SE Campus Performance Ensemble at 3:00pm

Sat, Sep 23 – Sun, Sep 24 – Auditions for Nutcracker (dates subject to change)

October

Mon, Oct 9 – NO CLASSES: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Sat, Oct 21 – Pointe Shoe Seminar for Level 3 at THEARC at 10:30am

Mon, Oct 23 – Sat, Oct 28 – Students may wear Halloween costumes to class.

Tue, Oct 31 – NO CLASSES: Halloween Break for CD, Pre-Ballet, Levels 1 – 6

November

NEW! Fri, Nov 10 THEARC Campus is CLOSED. TWSB classes are CANCELLED.

Sat, Nov 11- TWSB is OPEN and classes and rehearsals will be held as scheduled over the Veterans Day Weekend.

Mon, Nov 13 – Sat, Nov 18 – In-Class Parent Observations for Pre-Ballet & Levels 1 – 3 & Teen Program (Parents may attend the first scheduled class of the week) NEW! Levels 4a-6 will also have Parent Observations (updated 10/31)

Mon, Nov 13 – Sat, Nov 18 – In-class Parent Observations for Creative Dance Session 1

Sat, Nov 18 – Last Day of Class for Mommy & Me and Creative Dance Session 1 classes

Mon, Nov 20 – Sat, Nov 25 – NO CLASSES: Thanksgiving break for all levels & Nutcracker prep at THEARC
Note: Nutcracker rehearsals & performances continue through break. 

Thu, Nov 23 – Fri, Nov 24 TWSB CLOSED: Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon, Nov 27 Classes resume for Pre-Ballet – Level 6

December

Dec 1 – Tuition Assistance Extension applications are open for Summer 2024 to families currently receiving assistance. Application period ends Apr 15 or when funding is exhausted.

Tue, Dec 12 – Sun, Jan 7 – NO CLASSES: Winter Break for Pre-Ballet – Level 6
Classes WILL meet on Mon, Dec 11
TWSB staff may be unavailable during scheduled school breaks.
TWSB is CLOSED 12/24 – 12/25 and 12/31-12/1.
Note: Nutcracker rehearsals & performances continue through break. 

Mon, Dec 18 – Mid-Year Evaluations: SE Level 1-6 available on Parent Portal

January

Mon, Jan 8 – Classes resume for Pre-Ballet – Level 6

Mon, Jan 8 – First Day of Class for Mommy & Me Session 2 (Jan 8-Feb 24) and Creative Dance Session 2 (Jan 8-Apr 13)

Mon, Jan 8 – Summer Registration: opens for current students

Sat Jan 13 – Summer Registration: opens for new students

Mon, Jan 15 – NO CLASSES: Martin Luther King Day

Sun, Jan 21 – Audition: PTD Don Quixote Children’s roles. Learn More

February

Date TBD – SE Performance Ensemble at the Annual Heart 2 Heart event at Children’s Hospital Event

Mon, Feb 19 – TWSB CLOSED/NO CLASSES: Presidents’ Day

Sat, Feb 24 – Last Day of Class for Mommy & Me Session 2

Mon, Feb 26 – First Day of Class for Mommy & Me Session 3 (Feb 26-Apr 13)

March

No scheduled school events

April

Mon, Apr 8-Sat, Apr 13 – In-Class Parent Observations: Creative Dance Session 2

Sat, Apr 13 – Last Day of Class for Mommy & Me Session 3 and Creative Dance Session 2

Mon, Apr 15 – Tuition Assistance Extensions close for Summer 2024 programs

Mon, Apr 15-Sun, Apr 21 – NO CLASSES: Spring Vacation

Mon, Apr 22 – Classes resume

Wed, Apr 24 – First Day of Class for Mommy & Me Session 4

May

May 1 – Tuition Assistance Applications for School Year 2024.25 open

Sat, May 4 – Show: TWSB’s SE Campus Lower & Upper Division Spring Performance at THEARC

Sat, May 18 – Showcase for Pre-Ballet classes

Wed, May 22 – Last Day of Class: Mommy & Me Session 4

Fri, May 24 – Showcase for SE Performance Ensemble

Fri, May 24 – Last Day of Class: Pre-Ballet – Level 6

Mon, May 27 – TWSB CLOSED: Memorial Day

June

Sat, Jun 1 – School Year information is available on the website

Sat, Jun 1 – Auditions: Summer Intensive Programs for ages 8-11
Check-in begins at 10:30am, Class 11:00am

Sat, Jun 1 – Summer Registration: LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER 2024

Mon, Jun 3 – End of Year Evaluations: Levels Pre-Ballet 3 – 6 will be sent via email. Registration links for ACTIVE will follow.

Mon, Jun 10 – Fall Registration: opens for current students

Wed, Jun 19 – TWSB CLOSED: Juneteenth Holiday

 

SUMMER 2024 – SE Campus

June

Mon, Jun 24 – First Day of Class: Summer Programs begin for Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Lower Division, Teens, & Upper Division

July

Mon, Jul 1 – Fall Registration: opens for new students

Thu, Jul 4 – TWSB CLOSED/NO CLASSES: July 4 Holiday

Fri, Jul 19 – Last Day of Class & Showings: Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Level 1-2, & Teens

Fri, Jul 26 – Last Day of Class & Showings: SE Levels 3-6

Please note that the school remains open on ALL other holidays.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the TWSB Handbook.

For safety and comfort, boys should wear a full seat dance brief and men should wear a dance belt.

For girls and women, your leotard and tights act as your undergarments. As women enter puberty, they may wear a skin-tone, high-cut dance brief as they are introduced to using feminine hygiene products. When wearing a costume during performance, female dancers must wear a skin-tone body-liner leotard (no shiny or translucent straps).

Please see “Hair Guidelines” in the TWSB Handbook

Need quick links? See the videos linked below:

Many pointe shoe brands carry shoes in a variety of skin-tones, but it’s important to optimize for fit rather than color. If your preferred brand isn’t available in a skin-tone that’s right for you, use these videos for tips and instructions on “pancaking” your pointe shoes using foundation or pointe shoe paint.

Character skirts should fall approximately 2 inches below the knee. For additional Uniform Information please see the TWSB Handbook.

Your child should arrive dressed in their uniform with their hair ready for class. Please wear everyday street clothes OVER the uniform when outside TWSB premises. All dancers should bring their dance shoes (dance shoes are never to be worn outside the studio), backup hair supplies, a small sewing kit if your dancer is on pointe, and any additional items needed for class. Additional items may include: notebook and pencil, yoga mat, theraband, water bottle, and personal hygiene items.

What not to bring? Food and beverages other than water. Only water is permitted inside the studios. Please leave all valuables, and jewelry at home. TWSB is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Please see the TWSB Handbook.

Age appropriate performance opportunities are thoughtfully introduced as students move through the curriculum. Please see our website for the most up to date information on student performances.

Auditions for The Nutcracker are open to students who are enrolled in the current School Year programs at our NW and SE campuses in levels Pre-Ballet 3, Lower Division levels 1a, 1b, 2, 3, and Upper Division levels 4a, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8. All Trainee Program students are required to participate in The Nutcracker.

Students must maintain Good Standing, which qualifies as being up to date on all payments and maintaining a minimum of 80% attendance rate in classes. For additional information about The Nutcracker, please visit our webpage.

TWSB offers seasonal parent observation days to celebrate your dancer’s progress. To avoid educational disruptions, observations outside these times are not permitted. For more information about class observations, please see the TWSB Handbook.

Students are expected to be on time for their classes. Students should arrive approximately 10-15 minutes prior to class time to change and be ready to start promptly. In the interest of injury prevention, teachers may ask a student to observe class if they are more than 10 or more minutes late. Arriving late affects not only your child, but also the teacher and the other students, as the flow of class is disrupted. Chronic tardiness will be taken into consideration for the final evaluation. A student who arrives late may not enter class while the music is playing. Once there is a pause in the music, the teacher will give the student permission to join the class. Students should greet their teacher with a traditional curtsy or bow.

SE students should contact the front desk if they anticipate a late arrival: 202-889-8150.

Yes. Each year, students at all levels are asked to repeat. Each student advances at a different pace as they develop physically at different rates. At the end of each year there are often students who may not have yet developed the required strength and comprehension of the current year’s syllabus. These students will be required to attend the same level for another year. Although this may be disappointing to students initially, by the end of the next year they are most always thankful to have had that year to develop additional strength and confidence. Many of our most successful students have repeated levels.

Division Heads, School Principals, and faculty are always keeping a watchful eye on student progress and progression. If a student’s progression requires a level change, TWSB will reach out to the parent and/or guardian.

All communication between a faculty member and parents must occur through the School Principal. Please do not approach a teacher before or after class to check in on your child’s progress. Your Principal is happy to facilitate meetings between teachers and parents.
Most of our faculty are part-time, we do not give out our teachers’ personal email to maintain their privacy.

We do not offer trial classes in these levels. Our Community Engagement presents Dance For All in the Spring with special events for young students.

We recommend you make an appointment with the Physical Therapists at Restore Motion. They will be able to access your dancer’s individual needs and set them up on a path for success that is appropriate both developmentally and for their individual physicality.

If you are interested in volunteering please email:
school@washingtonballet.org – NW Campus
twsbse@washingtonballet.org – SE Campus
jfrontdesk@washingtonballet.org – Adult Programs

 

ACTIVE

TWSB has moved to the ACTIVE network as a registration platform. You will notice that ACTIVE has a registration fee per purchase based on a percentage of the purchase. This fee is non-refundable. TWSB has restructured our tuition and fees to accommodate the ACTIVE registration fee. You’ll notice three advantages right away; TWSB no longer charges a “new student registration fee”, there is no longer a fee to participate in our Payment Plans, and will have the option to purchase “ACTIVE Refund” through ACTIVE. We hope that these updates, increased security, and other upgrades will make the registration process easier for all of our families.

ACTIVE Refund

ACTIVE Refund is an optional purchase available to you at checkout for certain activities that use Active Network software for activity registration. When purchased, ACTIVE Refund makes the underlying registration fee refundable, subject to these Terms and Conditions. You will be unable to purchase ACTIVE Refund after you have completed your registration or if you complete your registration less than 72 hours in advance of the start of class. Refund requests and other consumer inquiries are processed entirely by ACTIVE Network and must be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of your program. If you have not purchased ACTIVE Refund, your registration is subject to standard TWSB refund policies.
Submit an ACTIVE Refund request here

ACTIVE Advantage

Upon completing your registration on ACTIVE, you may be prompted to sign up for ACTIVE Advantage, a monthly subscription service that offers discounts to a variety of services. ACTIVE Advantage is not affiliated with The Washington Ballet or The Washington School of Ballet. If you opt in to this service, you will be charged a monthly fee of $99.95 for this membership.
For more information about ACTIVE Advantage, click here.
To request an ACTIVE Advantage refund, click here.
To cancel your ACTIVE Advantage Membership, click here.
To learn if you have an ACTIVE Advantage Membership, click here.

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NW Summer Intensive Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The morning of the first day of the program will be devoted to placement classes and a wellness seminar. Placement results will be posted during lunch via the online Studio Schedule.

Yes, students must attend all five weeks of the Summer Intensive. Afternoon repertoire and workshops culminate in a final performance.

Classes are Monday-Friday from approximately 9:15am-5:00pm depending on the level. Some levels may begin the day earlier or end later. Students will have access to daily schedules via the online Studio Schedule. QR codes for the Studio Schedule will be posted at the front desk and around the building.

Our chaperoned housing is at American University for students who have selected that option. Located less than a mile from our NW studios, our students will reside at Cassell Hall which has bright, clean rooms that are double occupancy with 2 or 3 rooms to each suite. The campus is lovely and very secure, it is also a “dry” campus: no alcohol.
To view Cassell Hall: https://www.american.edu/ocl/housing/cassell.cfm

TWSB does not participate in a meal plan but AU has a fabulous cafeteria and there are numerous eateries on campus as well. The Tenley neighborhood is nearby with many food/dining options including a Whole Foods. A mini-fridge will be provided in each dorm room; students may also bring their own if they would like additional refrigerator space. There is a common kitchenette on each floor with a microwave and stovetop. While at our studios, commuter students and dorm students may bring lunches and snacks or visit neighborhood eateries for lunch. The NW campus is located in a beautiful residential/commercial neighborhood with a grocery store, pharmacy, clinic, Starbucks and numerous restaurants/carryout.

On the first day of the program our chaperones will guide students to the AU shuttle to Wisconsin Ave. All housing students will be provided with a pre-loaded bus pass. This is the stop with a Whole Foods Grocery and where our students connect with a public bus to travel the remaining 0.6 mile south on Wisconsin Ave. Chaperones will accompany students on the first day to demonstrate how to use the metro pass (provided) and where to get off. The bus stops are right in front of our studios. Chaperones will also show students how to view an app that shows bus schedules. All students must travel in groups of 3 or more and must sign out with a chaperone and sign in upon arrival at the studio. If a student is unable to find a full group to travel with, a chaperone will accompany them. If a student is unable to attend classes for the day a chaperone will remain at the dorms with that student.

Summer in Washington, DC can be very hot and humid. Students should pack warm weather clothing with light weight sweaters/jackets for evening, a bathing suit if they wish to visit a public pool, appropriate shoe wear for walking (closed shoes with support). Flip flops are useful around the dorm, but not for walking any distance. Female-identifying students who wear leotards, please pack at least 5 leotards and 5 tights. You MUST change to fresh tights and leotards daily for good health. Male-identifying students should have 5 tights, shirts and socks so that laundry can be done once a week. In addition please bring the following:

  • Pilates or yoga mat
  • Linens are provided by AU but many students prefer to bring their own.
  • We recommend bringing something comfy from home such as a favorite pillow or blanket.
  • Toiletries and cleaning supplies
  • Any cooking utensils/tools such as a plate, bowl and utensils, as well as a pot and pan if your dancer plans on cooking in the dorm’s common area kitchen.
  • Sponge and dish soap

For uniform requirement, please see the Summer Intensive uniform list in the TWSB Handbook.

We suggest all students have a bank card attached to an account that parents can monitor from home. This ensures thoughtful spending. Dorm students should budget around $30 a day. There is a shared kitchen for meal preps. Each student will be provided a bus pass which may be reloaded. Chaperones will assist students as needed. Weekend tours and excursions are optional and incur an extra charge.

We welcome and encourage the sending of care packages to your child. ALL packages must be sent to the MAIN building TWB directly.

Student name
℅ The Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington DC 20016

Please alert your student that you are sending a package

No, it is built into the price of your summer tuition. We will have an electronic sign-up sheet for ticket requests. Casting will be posted at the end of the third week. TWO tickets per student.

Please see the Payment Plan & Refund Policy tab for TWSB’s refund policies.

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Payment Plans & Refund Policy

Tuition

Tuition information can be found on our School Year and Summer Program pages.

TWSB is dedicated to providing payment plan options for our families. Both School Year and Summer programs have payment plan options available. Please read on to learn about available payment plans.

ACTIVE Processing Fee

TWSB has moved to the ACTIVE network as a registration platform. You will notice that ACTIVE has a processing fee per purchase based on a percentage of the purchase. This fee is non-refundable. TWSB has restructured our tuition and fees to accommodate the ACTIVE fee. You’ll notice three advantages right away; TWSB no longer charges a “new student registration fee”, there is no longer a fee to participate in our Payment Plans, and will have the option to purchase “ACTIVE Refund” through ACTIVE. We hope that these updates, increased security, and other upgrades will make the registration process easier for all of our families.

ACTIVE Refund

ACTIVE Refund is an optional purchase available to you at checkout for certain activities that use Active Network software for activity registration. When purchased, ACTIVE Refund makes the underlying registration fee refundable, subject to these Terms and Conditions. You will be unable to purchase ACTIVE Refund after you have completed your registration or if you complete your registration less than 48 hours in advance of the start of class. Refund requests and other consumer inquiries are processed entirely by ACTIVE Network. If you have not purchased ACTIVE Refund, your registration is subject to standard TWSB refund policies.
Read complete information about ACTIVE’s refunds here
Read participant information for ACTIVE Refund here
Submit an ACTIVE Refund request here

ACTIVE Advantage

Upon completing your registration on ACTIVE, you may be prompted to sign up for ACTIVE Advantage, a monthly subscription service that offers discounts to a variety of services. ACTIVE Advantage is not affiliated with The Washington Ballet or The Washington School of Ballet. If you opt in to this service, you will be charged a monthly fee of $99.95 for this membership.
For more information about ACTIVE Advantage, click here.
To request an ACTIVE Advantage refund, click here.
To cancel your ACTIVE Advantage Membership, click here.
To learn if you have an ACTIVE Advantage Membership, click here.

 

 


Payment Plans

Payment Plans – School Year Programs – Starting 2024-2025

School Year Payment Plans for Pre-Ballet levels and up (starting School Year 2024.25)
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X X X 6th Installment Apr 15 6th Installment Feb 15 6th Installment Dec 15
X X X X 7th Installment Mar 15 7th Installment Jan 15
X X X X 8th Installment Apr 15 8th Installment Feb 15
X X X X X 9th Installment Mar 15
X X X X X 10th Installment Apr 15

Payment Plans – Summer Programs

Summer Payment Plans
Pay in Full
2 Installments
3 Installments
Pay the entire tuition and all fees due at check-out. Remainder of tuition, after deposit, divided into 2 payments. Remainder of tuition, after deposit, divided into 3 payments.
Deposit of 15% plus the ACTIVE registration fee are due at the time of registration.
Deposit and fees are non-refundable.
Deposit of 15% plus the ACTIVE registration fee are due at the time of registration.
Deposit and fees are non-refundable.
1st installment Mar 15 1st installment Mar 15
2nd installment May 15 2nd installment Apr 15
3rd installment May 15


Refund Policy

Tuition Payments & Refunds

This is a copy of what is signed and agreed upon during the registration process.

I understand that tuition is payable in full at the time of registration via the currently accepted methods of payment. If not paid in full at registration, automatic installment payments must be set-up with a credit/debit card/ACH.

I authorize The Washington Ballet, Inc. (TWSB) and my financial institution to initiate the recurring transactions detailed in my Payment Plan. I acknowledge that the origination of debit or credit transactions to my account must comply with the provisions of local laws. This recurring authorization is to remain in full force and effect until the indicated date/s or until TWSB has received written notification from you, of its termination in such time as to afford TWSB and your financial institution a reasonable opportunity to act on it. No refunds will be made for unattended classes.

I understand that I am responsible for the full tuition for the entire school-year for which I am registering my child.

One month prior to the start of your program, all amounts paid for tuition are refundable minus the non-refundable deposit and any fees (including the registration fee, late fees and returned check fees).

I understand that program withdrawals must be made in writing and sent via email. If you have a medical withdrawal or your family is moving more than 50 miles away, and you would like to be considered for an exception to TWSB’s no-refund policy, please provide documentation with your withdrawal notification. Please note that the tuition deposit and all ACTIVE fees are non-refundable.

With the exception of Creative Dance programs, I understand that after the start of my child’s classes, I am responsible for the entire tuition balance whether or not my child continues to attend TWSB during any remaining portion of her/his enrollment. All amounts paid or required to be paid for tuition and fees are non-refundable and non-cancelable. If a student is unable to attend, withdraws, is dismissed for any cause, or fails to attend classes, there is no refund or recompense. If classes return to virtual due to covid there will be no refunds.

Additional information on Creative Dance programs

Students enrolled in Creative Dance programs (Mommy & Me and Creative Dance classes) may withdraw during the first 3 weeks of class and receive a refund for their remaining tuition minus the deposit and ACTIVE processing fee. All withdrawals must be made via email to the School Manager. 

Additional information on withdrawals for Summer Programs

If a student decides to withdraw from TWSB’s Summer Programs, the family must send notification in writing by May 1. If notification in writing is received by May 1 the family will be refunded the tuition payment, minus a 25% (of total tuition) nonrefundable fee. Note that ACTIVE fees are always non-refundable and not included in the 25% non-refundable fee. If a student decides to withdraw after May 1 the family will receive neither refund, discount, nor recompense. If a student is dismissed from the program by TWSB no refund, discount, or compensation will be received. No housing refunds are available after June 1. 

If a student is injured before the Summer Intensive begins, half of the tuition fee will be refunded. A signed, original copy of a letter from the Physician must be sent to the School in order to receive tuition recompense. Please note, if a student must withdraw from the Summer Intensive due to any ongoing medical condition not included in their medical notes, tuition will not be refunded regardless of a doctor’s letter. Students who must withdraw during the Summer Intensive due to injury or illness will be dealt with by the School Manager on a case-by-case basis.

For additional refund, dismissal without refund, or withdrawal information, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

If you purchased an ACTIVE Refund, visit the ACTIVE Refund Terms & Conditions page

 


Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

TWSB offers tuition assistance based on household income and family size. Applications for School Year programs are accepted May through August of each year.

Assistance for Summer Programs are extended to families who were were awarded tuition assistance during the School Year via a Summer Programs Tuition Assistance Extension Application. The Extension Application period is December through April of each year and extensions are awarded as funding permits.

TWSB merit scholarships are awarded to a select number of students who show exceptional talent and drive to pursue ballet training at the professional level. Scholarships are awarded to talented enrolled students and potential students identified during Summer Intensive audition tours.

Support these initiatives by donating or joining the Family Giving Circle today!

Learn more about Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

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Inclement Weather, Terms & Conditions

TWSB Policy

Inclement Weather Policy

In the case of inclement weather, families will be notified by email to the Primary Contact on your child’s account of any changes to the schedule or closings. Closing alerts will be posted on the Parent Portal.  A decision will be made by noon for afternoon classes Monday-Friday.  Parents will be emailed by 8:00a regarding Saturday closing due to inclement weather.  Please follow your best judgment regarding conditions in your neighborhood.  Safety is our primary concern.  Students will not be required to make up these classes. In Levels 3-8, students can make up classes following TWSB Class Make-Up policy if they choose.

  • TWSB, NW Campus will follow the guidance of DC Public Schools regarding closing or delayed opening for inclement weather or in case of emergency.
  • TWSB, SE Campus will following the guidance of THEARC regarding closing or delayed opening for inclement weather or in case of emergency.

TWSB Terms & Conditions

The below Terms & Conditions are agreed upon in the registration process for TWSB programs. By enrolling, you have agreed to abide by the following.

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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 the student during the attendance of classes, rehearsals or any related functions.
In consideration of 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.

Medical Disclaimers & COVID-19 Policies

I understand that my student and any on-site guardian must follow any posted TWB COVID Policies.
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.
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.
I affirm that I am of legal age and am the parent or 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 my child on my behalf if I am not able to be reached. During my absence or in the event that I cannot be reached, I authorize all medical and surgical treatment, X-rays, laboratory, anesthesia, and other medical and/or hospital procedures as may be performed or prescribed by the attending physician and/or paramedics for my child. I further release TWSB from all liabilities for injuries or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind.

Tuition Payments & Refunds

I understand that tuition is payable in full at the time of registration via the currently accepted methods of payment. If not paid in full at registration, automatic installment payments must be set-up with a credit/debit card/ACH.

I authorize The Washington Ballet, Inc. (TWSB) and my financial institution to initiate the recurring transactions detailed in my Payment Plan. I acknowledge that the origination of debit or credit transactions to my account must comply with the provisions of local laws. This recurring authorization is to remain in full force and effect until the indicated date/s or until TWSB has received written notification from you, of its termination in such time as to afford TWSB and your financial institution a reasonable opportunity to act on it. No refunds will be made for unattended classes.

I understand that I am responsible for the full tuition for the entire school-year for which I am registering my child.

One month prior to the start of your program, all amounts paid for tuition are refundable minus the non-refundable deposit and any fees (including the registration fee, late fees and returned check fees).

I understand that program withdrawals must be made in writing and sent via email. If you have a medical withdrawal or your family is moving more than 50 miles away, and you would like to be considered for an exception to TWSB’s no-refund policy, please provide documentation with your withdrawal notification. Please note that the tuition deposit and all administrative fees are non-refundable.

I understand that after the start of my child’s classes, I am responsible for the entire tuition balance whether or not my child continues to attend TWSB during any remaining portion of her/his enrollment. All amounts paid or required to be paid for tuition and fees are non-refundable and non-cancelable. If a student is unable to attend, withdraws, is dismissed for any cause, or fails to attend classes, there is no refund or recompense. If classes return to virtual due to covid there will be no refunds.

Additional information on withdrawals for Summer Programs:
If a student decides to withdraw from TWSB’s Summer Programs, the family must send notification in writing by May 1. If notification in writing is received by May 1 the family will be refunded the tuition payment, minus a 25% (of total tuition) nonrefundable fee. If a student decides to withdraw after May 1 the family will receive neither refund, discount, nor recompense. If a student is dismissed from the program by TWSB no refund, discount, or compensation will be received.

If a student is injured before the Summer Intensive begins, half of the tuition fee will be refunded. A signed, original copy of a letter from the Physician must be sent to the School in order to receive tuition recompense. Please note, if a student must withdraw from the Summer Intensive due to any ongoing medical condition not included in their medical notes, tuition will not be refunded regardless of a doctor’s letter. Students who must withdraw during the Summer Intensive due to injury or illness will be dealt with by the School Manager on a case-by-case basis.

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 the parent/guardian or student demonstrates a pattern of actions or behavior that causes an undue strain on faculty and administrative resources.

TWSB reserves the right to terminate any student from participation in productions without refund of fees if they feel the student is not prepared, is disruptive to the process, or if their parent/guardian is disruptive to the process. Dismissal from a production does not constitute a dismissal from classes and programs and does not entitle them to a refund of tuition. Dismissal from classes and programs constitutes dismissal from all TWB productions. NO REFUNDS will be given for production fees if a student is dismissed from classes and is therefore dismissed from a production.

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

As guardian, 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 my child in media formats such as print, videos, etc.

Cell Phone Use

The use of cell-phones and recording devices in class are prohibited without the express permission of the faculty.

Uniforms

Required uniforms must be worn in all classes. I agree to read and adhere to the guidelines outlined in this season’s Parent Handbook as found on the website.

Parent Handbook & Communication

I agree to read and adhere to the etiquette, evaluation, and other guidelines outlined in this season’s Parent Handbook as found on the website.
I agree to read and respond to TWSB communications regarding my student or my student’s account.

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Student Resources

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What can I find on the Student Resources page?

  • Videography and Photography links
  • Rehearsal schedules for each campus
  • Pointe Shoe Seminar resources
  • Restore Motion resources
  • Student Evaluation information
  • and more!

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