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The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) offers ballet programs for students ranging from ages 4-19 from late August to May.

Creative Dance classes are open for online registration for ages 3.5-4.5.

Children interested in our Pre-Ballet Division, ages 4.5 to 6.5, should plan to attend a placement class listed under our audition schedule. The placement class provides an introductory class for each age group and an opportunity for parents to speak with our Pre-Ballet team about the program. Please choose either the NW or SE campus schedule to the left

Children 7 and up will audition for acceptance in our Leveled Divisions (Lower Division Level 1 A, 1B, 2, 3). Older students will audition for acceptance in our Upper Division (Level 4, 4B, 5, 6 and at NW only levels 7, 8).

Students 14 and up may be considered for both our Upper Division and the Professional Track Program (PTP) at the NW campus.

For NW and SE placement classes and auditions schedule please choose a link to the left.

Learn more about School Year Programs

TWSB also offers:

NW Campus

Auditions for the 2019.20 school year continue until September 7, 2019.

SE Campus

Auditions for the 2019.20 school year at TWSB SE continue until August 28, 2019.

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NW Auditions

NW Auditions

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Auditions for 2019.20 Full Year Program

Ages 4 to 5 (June 8, July 13, September 7)
Check in: 9:30AM
Audition: 10:00–11:00AM
Location: England Studio

Ages 6 to 7 (June 8, July 13, September 7)
Check in: 10:30AM
Audition: 11:15AM–12:15PM
Location: England Studio

Ages 8 to 10 (June 8, July 13, September 7)
Check in: 12:00PM
Audition: 12:30–2:00PM
Location: England Studio

Ages 11 to 13 (June 8 & July 28)
Check in: 9:30AM
Audition: 10:00–11:30AM
Location: Phillips Studio

Ages 14 and up (June 9 & July 28)
Check in: 11:30AM
Audition: 12:00–1:30PM
Location: Phillips Studio

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.

No experience is expected for ages 4-6. Evaluations for the youngest participants will be made on physical ability, coordination and musicality by a team of faculty members. For students ages 4-7 there will be a parent Q&A while students attend the audition class.

Attire: Girls should wear a leotard, tights or white ankle socks (ages 4-6) and ballet shoes (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.

However, 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:

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

Upcoming TWSB SE Campus Auditions: August 28
Audition Fee: $20 August Rate

Audition to study with The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) during the 2019.20 school year! TWSB SE offers full year ballet programs for students ranging from ages 3 through 18 as well as a Home School Program with daytime class options. All skill levels are welcome!

Location:
TWSB SE at THEARC
Suite 202
1901 Mississippi Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Wednesday, August 28:

Age 4 
Registration: 5:00PM
Audition: 5:30-6:00PM

Age 5 to 6 
Registration: 5:00PM
Audition: 5:30-6:15PM

Age 7 to 8 
Registration: 5:30PM
Audition: 6:00-6:45PM

Age 9 to 11
Registration: 5:45PM
Audition: 6:15-7:15PM

Ages 12+ with no prior experience 
Registration: 6:15PM
Audition: 6:45-7:45PM

Ages 12+ with experience 
Registration: 6:45PM
Audition: 7:15-8:15PM

The TWSB SE Campus school year program runs September through June. For more information about these auditions, please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager.

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.

Attire: Girls should wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes (students on pointe should bring pointe shoes). Boys should wear black tights and a white T-shirt. However, if your child has never danced before, he/she may wear form fitting, comfortable clothing for the audition. 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.

In-Class Auditions: If you would like to schedule an in-class audition during the week of September 9 or 23, please call 202.889.8150.

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Uniforms

Uniform Requirements

Uniforms must be purchased according to ballet level. Please visit the TWSB desk for a fitting if you are unsure or call 202.362.3606 (NW) or 202.889.8150 (SE) for more information.

Ladies:

Pre-Ballet 1: Capezio Tank Style CC 201C in pink, white ankle socks (no ruffles, no athletic style) and pink ballet slippers.

Pre-Ballet 2: Capezio Tank Style CC 201C in lavender, white ankle socks (no ruffles, no athletic style) and pink ballet slippers. 

Pre-Ballet 3: Capezio Tank Style CC 201C in light blue, white ankle socks (no ruffles, no athletic style) and pink ballet slippers.

Level 1A, B: Capezio Tank Style CC 201C in royal blue, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

Level 2 and 3: Capezio Tank Style CC 201C in black, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers with ribbons.

Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7: Motionwear Camisole Style 2522-497 in black, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pointe shoes, character shoes, and jazz shoes.

PTP: Motionwear Camisole Style 2522-497 in black, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pink pointe shoes, and character shoes. Skirts allowed for pointe classes only. No shorts!

Colored leotards are permitted on Saturdays.

Gentlemen:

Pre-Ballet: white fitted t-shirt, black bike shorts, white lightweight socks, white ballet shoes.

Level 1A and up: white men’s cap-sleeve leotard, grey tights from M. Stevens, white lightweight ankle socks, and white ballet shoes, fitted white shirts are also allowed for class but each boy must have at least one leotard for performance and photos.

Notes:

  • Ladies’ hair must be secured in a bun at ALL times. If hair is short, a white headband will be necessary. No hair accessories (scrunchies, bun-covers, or bows) should be on or around your bun. Students should have extra hair pins, hair elastics, and hair gel/spray to secure their hair.
  • No jewelry allowed except stud earrings. Do not bring valuables to the studio! TWSB is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Ladies in pointe shoes MUST have a needle, thread, scissors, water-proof tape, and band aids with them AT EVERY pointe class. Students must be able to get into their shoes within a 5 minute time frame. PRACTICE!
  • From Level 2 up all ballet slippers must have ribbons, both flat and pointe.
  • Students must wear street-clothes cover-ups AT ALL TIMES outside The Washington School of Ballet building.
  • Please do not wear ballet slippers outside the building as they carry street dirt into the studio.
  • No nail polish or tattoos

SE Campus supplemental classes:

  • JAZZ: Black leotard (Ladies), black shirt (Gentlemen), ankle length black jazz pants, and black jazz shoes
  • AFRICAN: Ladies Black short sleeved leotard, black bike shorts, Lappa (to be purchased during the first week of class at TWSB SE) and no shoes/bare feet Gentlemen Black short-sleeved t-shirt, black bike shorts and no shoes/bare feet.
  • MODERN: Black leotard, black dance pants and no shoes/bare feet

Should a student forget any mandatory items for class work, the teacher may ask the student to sit and observe class. This is for the student’s safety and at the teacher’s discretion.

 

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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 atdglover@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 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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