About

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) offers ballet programs for students ages 3.5-19.

COVID-19 Update

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible. TWSB will continue to closely monitor the DC Dept of Health updates and directives.

Performance Opportunities

Enrolled students at each campus, in levels Pre Ballet 3 and up, may audition October 3 for TWB company production of The Nutcracker held at the historic The Warner Theatre November 27- December 26. 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 held at THEARC Theatre.


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

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NW Auditions

NW Auditions

Register to Audition for the 2022-23 School Year

June 25, 2022

11:00AM-12:30PM, ages 13-14
12:00PM-1:00PM, ages 8-9

1:00PM-2:30PM, ages 15-19
1:30PM-2:45PM, ages 10-12

July 16, 2022

11:00AM-12:00PM, ages 8-9
12:00PM-1:30PM, ages 14-19
1:30PM -2:45PM Ages: 10-13

August 6, 2022

11:00AM-12:30PM, ages 13-14

12:00PM-1:00PM, ages 8-9
1:00PM-2:30PM, ages 15-19
1:30PM-2:45PM, ages 10-12

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

Register to 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.

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.

Submit your video to Donna Glover after registering online here.

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SE Auditions

SE Auditions

Register to Audition

COVID-19 Update
We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in SE 2022-2023 School Year. Space availability may be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.

Upcoming Auditions:

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

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

June 25, July 30*, August 20, 2022

For Pre-Ballet and Lower Division, SE placement class audition and registration information, please choose the SE link to the left. Auditions will take place in-person at THEARC.

Saturday, June 25, 2022
Ages 4-5  Register 9:30am, class 10:00-10:30am
Ages 6-7 Register 10:15am, class 10:45-11:15am
Ages 8-9 Register 11:00am, class 11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 10-11 Register 12:00pm, class 12:30-1:15pm

Saturday, July 30, 2022* – *Free Trial Classes!
Ages 4-5  Register 9:30am, class 10:00-10:30am
Ages 6-7 Register 10:15am, class 10:45-11:15am
Ages 8-9 Register 11:00am, class 11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 10-11 Register 12:00pm, class 12:30-1:15pm

Saturday, August 20, 2022
Ages 4-5  Register 9:30am, class 10:00-10:30am
Ages 6-7 Register 10:15am, class 10:45-11:15am
Ages 8-9 Register 11:00am, class 11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 10-11 Register 12:00pm, class 12:30-1:15pm

*Please note, July 30th auditions will be free trial classes.

Upper Level Auditions (Ages 12+ with experience):

For students aged 12 and above with experience please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to schedule an audition with The Washington School of Ballet Faculty.

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

Register to Audition for the 2022-23 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.

Placement Class 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, leotard and tights.
  •         Students on pointe should bring pointe shoes. No skirts or distracting embellishments, please.
  •         Boys should wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black or white shoes.

If your child has never danced before, they 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 their face and secured, preferably in a bun for girls.

Creative Dance (Ages 3.5 – 5):

Please note, no audition required for Creative Dance.

Class dates/times TBD.

To register for Creative Dance:

  • NW Campus students register here.
  • SE Campus students register here.

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. TWSB SE uses a sliding fee scale based on household income and family size to determine tuition. To register, please fill out the registration packet and return to Kayla DeShields at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.

 

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International Students

International Students

AUDITIONS

International students may audition via a video link.  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.

Videos should be submitted to: Donna Glover, Director of School Operations at dglover@washingtonballet.org.

To register for the video audition please click here.  At step #4, please choose the VIDEO option. Audition results will be sent by email.

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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