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The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) offers ballet programs for students ages 3.5-19. All students auditioning for TWSB programs will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB syllabus.

  • Students age 8-9 with no previous experience will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB Syllabus.
  • Children ages 10-11 should have a minimum of 1-2 years of ballet training.
  • Children age 11-12 should have a minimum 3 years ballet training. Students should be ready for beginner pointe work or have had 1 year of pointe.
  • Students 13+ should have a minimum of 2-4 years of ballet training and Intermediate pointe work.
  • All auditions and placement classes carry a fee due at the time of registration.

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COVID-19 Update

Students ages 5 and above must be vaccinated to participate in the upcoming season. TWSB will continue to closely monitor the DC Dept of Health updates and directives for masking and other adjustments. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Information page for more details.

Performance Opportunities

Enrolled students at each campus, in levels Pre Ballet 3 and up, may audition at the beginning of the school year for TWB company production of The Nutcracker held at the historic The Warner Theatre in the months of November and December. Lower and Upper level students may be considered for other company productions. Levels 1A and up may choose to participate in the annual end of year Spring Performance.


Learn more about auditions by selecting the NW or SE Audition tabs on the left.

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NW Auditions

NW Auditions

All students auditioning for TWSB programs will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB syllabus.

  • Students age 8-9 with no previous experience will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB Syllabus.
  • Children ages 10-11 should have a minimum of 1-2 years of ballet training.
  • Children age 11-12 should have a minimum 3 years ballet training. Students should be ready for beginner pointe work or have had 1 year of pointe.
  • Students 13+ should have a minimum of 2-4 years of ballet training and Intermediate pointe work.
  • All auditions and placement classes carry a fee due at the time of registration.

COVID-19 Update
Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in the 2022-2023 School Year.

Upcoming Auditions

All upcoming auditions for the NW Campus will be held in-person at 3515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

All scheduled auditions for the 2022-2023 school year have concluded. Please watch this space for 2023-2024 school year auditions which will take place during Summer 2023.  For more information, please email school@washingtonballet.org

Please note: Current TWSB students do not need to audition.

Register to Audition


For video auditions please use the following guidelines:

The recorded audition should be NO LONGER THAN 10 minutes and include the following in your audition: Introduction: name, age, years and place of study. Only one side of combinations at the barre include: plies, battement tendu, adagio, grand battement. In center (ladies on pointe): adagio, pirouettes en dehors and dedans, petit allegro, grand allegro, and a variation of choice. Gentlemen include: tour en l’air (single or double depending on your age and ability level) and allegro that includes beats and grand pirouettes.

Register for a Video Audition


Attire

  • Girls should wear a leotard, tights or white ankle socks (ages 4-6) and ballet shoes
  • Students ages 7 and older should wear ballet shoes, a leotard, and tights.
  • Students on pointe should bring pointe shoes. No skirts please or distracting embellishments.
  • Boys should wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black or white shoes.

If your child has never danced before, he/she may wear form-fitting clothing for the audition. It is important that our faculty be able to evaluate physical proportions. Please remove all jewelry and be certain that the student’s hair is pulled away from his/her face and secured, preferably in a bun for girls.

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SE Auditions

SE Auditions

All students auditioning for TWSB programs will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB syllabus. Please note: Current TWSB students do not need to audition.

  • Students age 8-9 with no previous experience will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB Syllabus.
  • Children ages 10-11 should have a minimum of 1-2 years of ballet training.
  • Children age 11-12 should have a minimum 3 years ballet training. Students should be ready for beginner pointe work or have had 1 year of pointe.
  • Students 13+ should have a minimum of 2-4 years of ballet training and Intermediate pointe work.
  • All auditions and placement classes carry a fee due at the time of registration.

COVID-19 Update
Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in the 2022-2023 School Year.

What to expect: Students will participate in a technique class and be assessed according to technical ability and age-appropriate standards. Prior experience will also be taken into consideration.


Upcoming Auditions

All upcoming auditions for the SE Campus will be held in-person at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE Washington, DC 20020

Register to Audition

Pre-Ballet and Lower Level Auditions (Ages 5-12):

All scheduled auditions for the 2022-2023 school year have concluded. Please watch this space for 2023-2024 school year auditions which will take place during Summer 2023.  For more information, please email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org

Upper Level Auditions (Ages 12+ with experience):

All scheduled auditions for the 2022-2023 school year have concluded. Please watch this space for 2023-2024 school year auditions which will take place during Summer 2023.  For more information, please email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org

Teen Ballet Ages 11-18 (with no previous experience):

Teen Ballet is offered only at the TWSB SE Campus.  Students ages 11-18 with no experience are welcome to register for Teen Ballet. An audition is not required. Questions? Contact Kayla DeShields at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.


Attire

  • Girls should wear a leotard, tights or white ankle socks (ages 4-6) and ballet shoes
  • Students ages 7 and older should wear ballet shoes, a leotard, and tights.
  • Students on pointe should bring pointe shoes. No skirts please or distracting embellishments.
  • Boys should wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black or white shoes.

If your child has never danced before, he/she may wear form-fitting clothing for the audition. It is important that our faculty be able to evaluate physical proportions. Please remove all jewelry and be certain that the student’s hair is pulled away from his/her face and secured, preferably in a bun for girls.

 

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International Students

International Students

AUDITIONS

International students may audition via video audition.  Your recorded video audition should be NO LONGER THAN 10 minutes and include the following in your audition:

Introduction: name, age, years and place of study. Only one side of combinations at the barre include: plies, battement tendu, adagio, grand battement. In center (ladies on pointe) adagio, pirouettes en dehors and dedans, petit allegro, grand allegro and a variation of choice. Gentlemen include tour en l’air (single or double depending on your age and ability level) and allegro that includes beats and grand pirouettes.

To register for the video audition please click here.  At step #4, please choose the VIDEO option. Audition results will be sent by email. All auditions carry a fee due at the time of registration.

STUDENT VISA
The Washington School of Ballet does offer a F-1 student visa.

Once an international student is accepted we will ask for specific information including a photo of the student’s passport. Our administrative offices will then provide an I-20 form from the SEVIS system and include information about where to go online to pay the I-901 fee ($200) for the student visa. Once the I-901 fee is paid online, an accepted student may contact the US Consulate for an appointment. The processing time varies from country to country.

STUDENT HOUSING
The Washington School of Ballet does not offer student housing. Students in our Professional Track Program (PTP) reside in shared apartments near the school. TWSB is located in a lovely neighborhood with many apartments that will allow a 9-month lease and will provide a lease for each student individually. It is important to note that a lease is a binding contract; the rent must be paid even if a student leaves the school. The lease agreement is between the apartment management and the student’s family. TWSB does not handle lease agreements but our staff will provide contact information for nearby apartments that enjoy housing our students. All suggested buildings are a short walk to the school. Our neighborhood offers many amenities with easy shopping so that our students do not need to use daily public transportation.

STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE
All students at TWSB must have medical insurance. There are many options available online. Be sure that you choose a plan that covers hospital emergency room visits.

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