About School Year Programs

School Year Programs

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) offers ballet programs for students 1 year old and up each September through May. Our school year programs serve over 750 students at our NW Campus (10 studios) and 250 at our SE Campus (2 studios). TWSB provides a safe, nurturing environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of dancers to grow and expand to their full potential and to keep our community dancing.

Both NW and SE campuses offer classes following TWSB’s leveled syllabus and each student may move through our syllabus at a different rate. Some students will repeat a year based on a number of factors, but growth is a major consideration. The health of our students is paramount and we find it best to have a student repeat a level if they do not demonstrate the strength and correct placement for the next level syllabus. For class schedules and information on enrolling new students, please visit our program tabs on the left. 

Creative Dance Programs (ages 1-5), Pre-Ballet (ages 5-8)

Program Description

Creative Dance Programs (ages 1-5)

Creative Dance Programs work on motor skills, spatial awareness, and socialization while introducing the basics of moving in a ballet classroom.

Mommy & Me (ages 1-2)
Designed for our tiniest dancers and their parent or caregiver, these classes introduce our budding ballerinas to the joy of movement. Bond with your child while they practice coordination and socialization skills through music and play. Only offered at our SE Campus location. Enrollment is by sessions and classes are 45 minutes.

Creative Dance (ages 3-5)
Children cultivate their love of dance while developing movement coordination and spatial awareness through the use of props and imaginative stories. This program for children ages 3 to 5 years old is designed to introduce young children to creative movement explorations using props, movement stories, and guided improvisation. Children develop body awareness, increased strength, and motor coordination. Students will exercise creativity, imagination, rhythm, and motion, as they explore early dance concepts in a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. This class offers an excellent foundation in early dance explorations and serves as a bridge into our Pre-Ballet Division. Auditions are not required for Creative Dance. Enrollment is by sessions and classes are 45 minutes.

Pre-Ballet (ages 5-8)

Our nurturing and age-appropriate Pre-Ballet curriculum introduces children to the fundamental positions of classical ballet, musicality, and classroom etiquette while sharing the joy of dance. Classes are held once a week.

Pre-Ballet 1: For children ages 5–6 years old. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of classical ballet movement, spatial concepts and musicality through creative learning. Children continue to explore basic dance principles in a creative, though progressively structured environment where ballet etiquette is first introduced. Children are guided through a more formal progression of exercises beginning with stretch and strength exercises and progressing to gross-motor activities including skipping, galloping, marching, and jumping. Students are first introduced to basic ballet posture and classical movement concepts.

Pre-Ballet 2: For children ages 6–7 years old. Students develop an understanding of classical ballet shapes and lines through center barre work while expanding their repertoire of movement and musical concepts. Children will build on the knowledge of movement concepts acquired in Pre-Ballet 1. Class begins with stretching and strength exercises and continues with the gross-motor activities introduced in Pre-Ballet 1, with emphasis on differing musical tempos and combinations of increased length and difficulty. The introduction of formal ballet steps such as plié and tendu are practiced with beginning work at the barre, commencing in the second semester. Children learn dance sequences as individuals, and in pairs, as they demonstrate an increasing awareness of proper ballet posture and movement concepts.

Pre-Ballet 3: For children ages 7–8 years old. This class offers a structured ballet setting with an emphasis on understanding classical ballet line, positions and port de bras movement while developing muscle memory that prepares the dancer for the Lower Division syllabus. Children will continue to build upon the knowledge of movement concepts, ballet posture, steps, and etiquette acquired in Pre-Ballet 2. Class commences with stretch and strength activities intended to promote leg, foot, core, and back development and progresses to basic barre work. Center exercises are aimed at increasing coordination, musicality, and proper body placement. This class offers a structured ballet setting with an emphasis on building technical fundamentals such as strength in the supporting leg, proper transfer of weight, and a demonstrated understanding of proper ballet posture in positions and steps. By the end of Pre-Ballet 3, children should be cognitively and physically prepared to undertake comprehensive ballet instruction beginning in Level 1A.

Lower Division (ages 8-12 by audition)

Program Description

Lower Division levels 1A – 3 focus on building a healthy and musical dancer through a strong foundation of classical ballet technique. Lower Division classes prepare the dancer for Upper Division classwork, pointe work and repertoire. Class placement in the Lower Division is based on age and ability. Classes are held twice a week for Levels 1A – 2 and three times a week for Level 3.

Level 1A: For students 8-9 years old; attendance is twice a week. Building on the class structure learned in the Pre-Ballet levels, students in Level 1A are introduced to the foundation of classical ballet technique including exercises at the barre and center. The focus is on correct placement, ballet vocabulary, strength, and musicality.

Level 1B: For students 9-10 years old; attendance is twice a week. A continuation of Level 1A with the introduction of more complex vocabulary and combinations. The focus is on correct placement, expanded ballet vocabulary, strength, and musicality.

Level 2: For students 10-11 years old; attendance is three times a week with longer class times. Building on Level 1B syllabus, Level 2 students will focus on alignment and coordination with the introduction of more advanced port de bras. For advancement to Level 3, the pre-pointe year, students in Level 2 must demonstrate correct leg alignment.

Level 3: For students 11-12 years old; attendance is three times a week, two hours a class. Level 3 is the pre-pointe year with the introduction of pointe work and turns. Students begin the year in flat shoes with preparation for pointe at the barre. Emphasis will be on the use of correct muscle groups and correct alignment. Level 3 will hone their focus and learn to use imagery as a tool for development. Each class group will move to fully shanked pointe shoes by spring. For advancement to Level 4, students must demonstrate strength and correct placement of positions on pointe at barre and demonstrate knowledge of syllabus combinations in flat shoes.

Upper Division and Teen Ballet (ages 11-18)

Program Description

Teen Ballet (ages 11-18)

Teen Ballet classes at our SE Campus offer foundational ballet training to students ages 11 to 18 who are new to ballet or are returning after some time away.

Upper Division (ages 11-18 by audition)

Levels 4 – 8 develop strength, artistry, creativity, and discipline through classical ballet and additional techniques while preparing the dancer for further dance studies and to excel in college. Classes are held four times a week for Level 4 and five times a week for Levels 5-8.

Level 4A:  For students 11-13 years old; attendance is four times a week for technique class followed by pointe class three times a week, and one day of contemporary or jazz. Level 4 introduces more advanced exercises and allegro, with a great emphasis on prepping for more difficult center work. The general focus continues on building core muscles. Students must demonstrate a knowledge and aptitude of syllabus work with correct alignment and strength. This level also stresses the importance of physical coordination along with musical sensitivity.

Level 4B: For students 12-14 years old; attendance is four times a week for technique, pointe, repertoire, contemporary, or jazz. Level 4B builds on the syllabus of 4A in preparation for Level 5. At this level, students focus on refining the fundamentals of correct classical ballet placement in movement. Increasing speed and clarity are emphasized. Students continue to build strength in pointe work, center turns, and allegro while developing the coordination to add grand allegro steps to their vocabulary. Adagio, petite, and grande allegro center work to build strength and coordination.

Level 5: For students 12-15 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique class, followed by pointe five days a week with one supplemental class a week such as contemporary, jazz, flamenco, or character. Level 5 students are expected to consistently demonstrate correct alignment and vocabulary of previous years. Focus is on coordination as exercises in allegro and adagio become more challenging.

Level 6: For students 13-16 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique with pointe five days a week, including repertoire class. In addition, Level 6 will have two supplemental classes each week such as contemporary, jazz, flamenco, or character. Emphasis is on developing a more mature approach and understanding of the classical vocabulary. Classes become increasingly more challenging and students are expected to demonstrate the technical skill and stamina required for this syllabus.

Level 7 (NW Campus): For students 14-17 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique with pointe five days a week with two supplemental classes each week such as contemporary, jazz, flamenco, or character. Level 7 students will have body conditioning or Pilates each week. This level continues a higher expectation and knowledge in strengthening a foundation for classical dance. The emphasis at this level is honing and grasping the difficulty of the syllabus with coordination and musical maturity.

Level 8 (NW Campus): For students 14-19 years old; attendance is five times per week (with optional once a month master class), technique with pointe, and supplemental classes. Level 8 students will focus on refining their technique and artistry with a diverse offering of movement with TWSB’s instructors and guest teachers. A variety of dance and performance enrichment opportunities will be offered such as showcase and spring performance, in conjunction with community volunteer and performing programs and events. Academic senior year students, upon completion, will also graduate from TWSB with a certificate from TWSB’s highest Upper School Division completion, Level 8.

Professional Training Division (ages 15*-18* acceptance by audition or invitation)

Program Description

Professional Track Program B (PTPB)

PTPB is a comprehensive program for students ages 15*-18 who aspire to the next level and for students planning to continue dance in college. The Professional Track Program B (PTPB) is an audition/invitation-only, upper-level program with classes Monday-Friday, 3:30-7:30PM, Saturdays from 9:30-5:00. A diverse offering of supplemental dance classes, in addition to daily classical ballet training, such as Contemporary, Choreography, and Mime, augment a strong ballet foundation. PTPB have two to three school performances per year and mandatory participation in The Washington Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Educational seminars are offered to help guide this pre-professional level.

*Students 14 years of age may be considered for PTPA if they and their family live in the DMV area.

Professional Track Program A (PTPA)

PTPA is designed to prepare students ages 15*-18 for a professional career in ballet by refining the classical foundation and honing artistry. The Professional Track Program A (PTPA) is an audition/invitation-only, upper-level program with classes Monday-Friday, classes beginning alternately 9:30-5:00 or 11:15 to 7:00 and Saturdays 11:30-5:00. PTPA students have two to three mandatory school performances and one company performance, The Nutcracker. In addition, PTPA students may be considered for corps work with The Washington Ballet Company throughout the season. Educational seminars are offered to help guide this pre-professional level.

*Students 14 years of age may be considered for PTPA if they and their family live in the DMV area.

Trainee Program

Dancers, ages 17-19*, with a demonstrated passion for a professional career in ballet may be invited to audition for the Trainee Program by the artistic staff of The Washington Ballet. Students in PTPA and summer students are considered for this level, as are dancers at international competitions where our artistic staff may judge. As there are only a few spots available each year, the artistic staff prefers to see prospective Trainees in person. Trainee spots are not offered at school auditions. Trainees are expected to maintain the highest artistic standards of The Washington School of Ballet. Trainees attend classes five to six days a week and work with the senior faculty of the school. By working on soloist roles of the classical repertory, Trainees continue to develop their technique and artistry. All Trainees will be considered by the Artistic Director and the artistic team of The Washington Ballet for Studio Company positions.

Performance opportunities include consideration for Company productions and Studio Company performances.

*Dancers over the age of 19 who are interested in our Trainee program should email school@washingtonballet.org for more information.

Men’s Program in PTD (Professional Training Division)

Under the direction of international master teacher and coach Rinat Imaev, TWSB Men’s Program prepares young male dancers ages 15 and up for a career in classical and contemporary ballet.Learn More Mr. Imaev comes to TWSB after an illustrious career as a principal dancer and 16 years as a company teacher with ABT. Additional men’s faculty will include senior faculty and choreographer Mimmo Miccolis for contemporary work. In addition to the regular classes of each level, male students will also train in the following: strength training, partnering skills, men’s classical repertory, jumps, and turns.

Male PTD students will attend men’s technique class with Trainees and Studio Company members.

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Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

TWSB offers tuition assistance based on household income and family size. TWSB scholarships are awarded to students who show exceptional talent and drive to pursue ballet training at the professional level. Support these initiatives by donating or joining the Family Giving Circle today!

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Performance Opportunities

The Washington School of Ballet provides the highest level of dance training through a technique-centered curriculum carefully constructed to prepare the next generation of dancers with the technique and artistry required of a professional dancer.

Age appropriate performance opportunities are thoughtfully introduced as students move through the curriculum. Performances provide an invaluable experience, from gleaning the benefits of achieving a goal with one’s peers, to building confidence by performing in front of an audience. TWSB offers appropriate performance opportunities that balance the benefits of performance with the importance of training. These performances, and the preparations that go along with them, are designed to maintain the progression of learning, while still giving opportunities to celebrate dancer achievements in front of an audience.

Performance opportunities include class observations, showings, showcases, a cumulative end-of-year Spring Performance, Community Engagement appearances, and opportunities to participate in The Washington Ballet company productions such as The Nutcracker, held at the historic Warner Theatre.

Please note, not all performance opportunities are available for all levels. Student enrollment must be in good standing and students must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance rate in classes to participate in performances. 

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School Year Productions

Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet

For our youngest dancers in Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet, TWSB holds seasonal class observations and showings. These are wonderful opportunities for parents and caretakers to celebrate their dancer’s achievements while introducing dancers to an audience in a familiar setting.

Students in Pre-Ballet 3 are invited to audition for The Washington Ballet’s company production of The Nutcracker.

Lower & Upper Division

Depending on level, performance opportunities for students in the Lower and Upper Divisions include: class observations, showcases, end-of-year Spring Performance, Community Engagement appearances, and opportunities to audition for Professional Training Division productions and The Washington Ballet company productions.

Classes in the Lower and Upper Divisions hold seasonal class observations where parents and students can celebrate progress with minimal interruptions to learning progressions.

Upper Division students at the SE Campus have the opportunity to audition for the SE Campus Performance Ensemble which gives students the opportunity to learn and rehearse choreography. Ensemble members may appear at select THEARC Resident Partner events facilitated by TWB’s Community Engagement department.

Level 7 & 8 students have the opportunity to perform in seasonal showcases held in-studio. These showcases offer advanced students an opportunity to build artistry and assimilate their technique into repertoire appropriate for their level. Showcases also offer students opportunities to present student-created compositions and choreography.

All Lower and Upper Division students are encouraged to participate in our annual end-of-year Spring Performance. Rehearsals are held from the late winter through spring and sign-up is generally announced late-January. To minimize learning disruptions, rehearsals may be held outside of regularly scheduled class time. Rehearsal time does not replace class time; students are expected to attend their regular classes in addition to rehearsals. There is a participation fee associated with Spring Performance that helps to cover the additional faculty hours for rehearsals and performances, theater rental, professional production support, and more.

All rehearsals and performances are mandatory. During the week of the Performance, there will be mandatory tech and dress rehearsals. It is imperative that all students are in attendance for these final rehearsals. Make sure to check field trip, mandatory school events and schedules in advance! Failure to attend mandatory tech and dress rehearsals will lead to the future loss of performance privileges.

Students in the Lower and Upper Divisions are also invited to audition for The Washington Ballet’s company production of The Nutcracker. Other opportunities to audition may be available depending on seasonal programming.

Professional Training Division Performances

Students enrolled in TWSB’s prestigious Professional Training Division (PTD) have a full and complete understanding of classical ballet technique. At this point in the curriculum, emphasis is placed on developing artistry, building repertoire, and gaining company experience as dancers are on the cusp of starting their professional careers.

All PTD students participate in seasonal studio showcases. These performances feature a range of classical repertoire, alongside new works in contemporary choreography and are held in TWB’s gorgeous England white-box studio.

Trainees and select PTPA and PTPB students will participate in highly visible Community Engagement performances and appearances held across the District of Columbia. Dancers act as ambassadors for The Washington Ballet and as ambassadors for the artistry of ballet when they appear in these public appearances.

PTD students also perform in an annual Spring Performance which is a fully-produced theatrical production. A display of classical and contemporary pieces, the Spring Performance features student excellence with the highest caliber of training, technique and artistry.

Professional Training Division dancers play an integral part in The Washington Ballet’s company production of The Nutcracker. Mandatory participation in this production requires weekend rehearsals outside of class time and provides an invaluable experience of participating in a professional production.

Additional opportunities to perform with the company may be offered to Trainees throughout the season depending on company programming. These offers may also be extended to dancers in PTP A and PTP B if the company season requires it.

Ad hoc performance opportunities may present through the year and will be communicated when confirmed. These opportunities are not mandatory but highly recommended for the continued development of dancers in the Professional Training Program.

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TWB Company Productions

The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Enrolled students at each campus, in levels Pre-Ballet 3 and up, may audition for TWB company production of The Nutcracker. Auditions for The Nutcracker are held at the beginning of each school year in September. Rehearsals are run by TWB repetiteurs and casting is determined by both the repetiteurs and the TWB artistic team. Depending on the cast size or other changes to the production, not every auditioning student may be cast. Students given a role must be available every weekend after the fall audition until the last scheduled show. Please note that show dates may change from year-to-year. Families with travel plans for any weekend, including Thanksgiving or Christmas are encouraged to choose another year for their student to audition.

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Other Seasonal TWB Company Productions

Lower and Upper level students may be considered for other company productions. Students for these productions may be selected based on class level, costume restraints, requirements from the company and other criteria. These selections are made by the TWB artistic team.

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Creative Dance Programs (ages 1-5)

Creative Dance Programs

Ages 1–5

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

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Creative Dance Programs work on motor skills, spatial awareness, and socialization while introducing the basics of moving in a ballet classroom.

Mommy & Me

Ages 1-3 (age 1 by September 1)
Designed for our tiniest dancers and their parent or caregiver, these classes introduce our budding ballerinas to the joy of movement. Bond with your child while they practice coordination and socialization skills through music and play. Only offered at our SE Campus location. 

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

There are no make up classes for Mommy & Me.

Session 1 Tuition $214.50
Session 1 classes meet for 11 weeks from September 6 – November 15

  • Wednesdays: 10:30am-11:15am

Session 2 Tuition $136.50
Session 2 classes meet for 7 weeks from January 10 – February 21

  • Wednesdays: 10:30am-11:15am

Session 3 Tuition $136.50
Session 3 classes meet for 7 weeks from February 28 – April 10

  • Wednesdays: 10:30am-11:15am

When Registering: Please only click the “Make your payment” button once. Multiple clicks may result in multiple payments. To check if your registration went through, log in again, head to “My Student” then “Class Schedule”.

SE – Enroll Now!

Creative Dance

Ages 3-5 (age 3 by September 1)
Children cultivate their love of dance while developing movement coordination and spatial awareness through the use of props and imaginative stories.
NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

All NW Creative Dance classes take place at our Van Ness Studio, 4200 Wisc Ave NW

There are no make up classes for Creative Dance.

Session 1 Tuition $348.00
Session 1 classes meet for 11 weeks from September 5 – November 18
Session 1 registration is closed!

  • Tuesdays: 3:30pm-4:15pm
  • Wednesdays: 3:30pm-4:15pm
  • Wednesdays: 3:45pm-4:30pm
  • Saturdays: 12:30pm-1:15pm

Session 2 Tuition $438.00
Session 2 classes meet for 14 weeks from January 8 – April 13

  • Tuesdays: 3:15pm-4:00pm (NEW TIME!)
  • Tuesdays: 3:30pm-4:15pm – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Wednesdays: 3:30pm-4:15pm – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Wednesdays: 3:45pm-4:30pm – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturdays: 12:30pm-1:15pm – CLASS IS FULL! waitlist is full

Email school@washingtonballet.org to join the waitlist. Please note that if a waitlist is full, we will not be able to add your name. There is still availability at our SE Campus!

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

All SE Creative Dance classes take place at THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202

There are no make up classes for Creative Dance.

Session 1 Tuition $214.50
Session 1 classes 11 weeks from September 5 – November 18

  • Thursdays: 4:15pm-5:00pm
  • Saturdays: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Session 2 Tuition $273.00
Session 2 classes meet for 14 weeks from January 8 – April 13

  • Thursdays: 4:15pm-5:00pm
  • Saturdays: 12:00pm-12:45pm

When Registering: Please only click the “Make your payment” button once. Multiple clicks may result in multiple payments. To check if your registration went through, log in again, head to “My Student” then “Class Schedule”.

NW – Register for Creative Dance Session 2

NW classes take place at our NW Campus locations.
Questions about NW Programs? Email school@washingtonballet.org

SE – Register for Creative Dance Session 2

SE classes take place at THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202
Questions about SE Programs? Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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Pre-Ballet Division (ages 5-8)

Pre-Ballet Division

Ages 5–8

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

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Our nurturing and age-appropriate Pre-Ballet curriculum introduces children to the fundamental positions of classical ballet, musicality, and classroom etiquette while sharing the joy of dance.

Pre-Ballet 1

For children ages 5–6 years old. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of classical ballet movement, spatial concepts and musicality through creative learning. Children continue to explore basic dance principles in a creative, though progressively structured environment where ballet etiquette is first introduced.
NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Ages 5-6 (age 5 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,082.00
Location: Pre-Ballet classes take place at our Van Ness studios, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue or
at the Main Building studios, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue

  • Tuesday (Yellow): 4:00pm-4:45pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Tuesday (Blue): 4:15pm-5:00pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Thursday (Silver): 4:00pm-4:45pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Friday (Green): 3:45pm-4:30pm – Van Ness
  • Saturday (Red): 9:15am-10:00am – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturday (Orange): 12:00pm-12:45pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 

Email school@washingtonballet.org to join the waitlist. Please note that if a waitlist is full, we will not be able to add your name. 

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Ages 5-6 (age 5 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,304.00
Location: THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE

  • Tuesday: 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-10:00am

Pre-Ballet 2

For children ages 6–7 years old. Students develop an understanding of classical ballet shapes and lines through center barre work while expanding their repertoire of movement and musical concepts. Children will build on the knowledge of movement concepts acquired in Pre-Ballet 1.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Ages 6-7 (age 6 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,082.00
Location: Pre-Ballet classes take place at our Van Ness studios, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue or
at the Main Building studios, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue

  • Monday (Orange): 3:45pm-4:30pm – Van Ness
  • Monday (Silver): 3:45pm-4:30pm – Main Building
  • Tuesday (Yellow): 4:45pm-5:30pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Wednesday (Red): 4:15pm-5:00pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturday (Purple): 10:00am-10:45am – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturday (Gold): 11:45am-12:30pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 

Email school@washingtonballet.org to join the waitlist. Please note that if a waitlist is full, we will not be able to add your name. 

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Ages 6-7 (age 6 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,304.00
Location: THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE

  • Wednesday: 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-11:00am – CLASS IS FULL! Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

Pre-Ballet 3

For children ages 7–8 years old. This class offers a structured ballet setting with an emphasis on understanding classical ballet line, positions and port de bras movement while developing muscle memory that prepares the dancer for the Lower Division syllabus.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Ages 7-8 (age 7 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,304.00
Location: Pre-Ballet classes take place at our Van Ness studios, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue or
at the Main Building studios, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue

  • Monday (Purple): 4:30pm-5:30pm – Main Building – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Monday (Silver): 4:00pm-5:00pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Tuesday (Yellow): 5:00pm-6:00pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Tuesday (Gold): 5:30pm-6:30pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturday (Orange): 9:15am-10:15am – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 
  • Saturday (Red): 11:00am-12:00pm – Van Ness – CLASS IS FULL! 

Email school@washingtonballet.org to join the waitlist. Please note that if a waitlist is full, we will not be able to add your name. 

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Ages 7-8 (age 7 by September 1)
Classes meet one time per week.
Tuition: $1,304.00
Location: THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE

  • Thursday: 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am-12:00pm – CLASS IS FULL! Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

When Registering: Please only click the “Make your payment” button once. Multiple clicks may result in multiple payments. To check if your registration went through, log in again, head to “My Student” then “Class Schedule”.

NW – New Student Registration Jun 27-Oct 1
Questions about NW Campus programs? Email school@washingtonballet.org.

SE – New Student Registration Jun 27-Oct 1
Questions about SE Campus programs? Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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Lower Division (ages 8-12)

Lower Division

Ages 8-12 by audition

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

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Levels 1A – 3 focus on building a healthy and musical dancer through a strong foundation of classical ballet technique. Lower Division classes prepare the dancer for Upper Division classwork, pointe work and repertoire. Class placement in the Lower Division is based on age and ability. For more information about individual levels, click HERE.

Level 1A

For students 8-9 years old; attendance is twice a week.
NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $2,400.00

1A PURPLE (Main Building)

  • Monday: 5:30pm-6:45pm
  • Thursday: 4:45pm-6:00pm

1A RED (Van Ness Studios)

  • Monday: 5:00pm-6:15pm
  • Thursday: 4:45pm-6:00pm

1A BLUE (Van Ness Studios)

  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-7:15pm

1A ORANGE (Van Ness Studios) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Tuesday: 6:00pm-7:15pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am-11:45am

1A YELLOW (Van Ness Studios)

  • Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:15pm
  • Friday: 4:30pm-5:45pm

1A GREEN (Van Ness Studios)

  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:30pm
  • Friday: 5:45pm-7:00pm

1A boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys class on Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Building) which runs Jan 8 – May 24.

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $2,515.00

  • Thursday 5:00-6:30pm – Technique
  • Saturday 9:00-10:30am – Technique

Level 1A boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys 1 class on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Level 1B

For students 9-10 years old; attendance is twice a week.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $2,515.00

1B RED (Van Ness Studios) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Monday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:30pm-6:00pm

1B BLUE (Van Ness Studios)

  • Monday: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-7:30pm

1B PURPLE (Main Building)

  • Tuesday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:00am

1B GREEN (Van Ness Studios)

  • Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Friday: 4:30-6:00pm

1B YELLOW (Van Ness Studios) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Wednesday: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Friday: 6:00-7:30pm

1B boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys class on Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Building) which runs Jan 8 – May 24.

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $2,515.00

  • Monday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique
  • Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique

Level 1B boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys 1 class on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm

 

Level 2

For students 10-11 years old; attendance is three times a week with longer class times.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $3,055.00

2 RED (Main Building) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Monday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30-6:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:30pm-6:00pm

2 BLUE (Main Building) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Monday: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-7:30pm

2 YELLOW (Main Building) – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Tuesday: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am-12:30pm

Level 2 boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys class on Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Building) which runs Jan 8 – May 24.

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $3,700.00

  • Monday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique
  • Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique
  • Saturday: 9:00am-10:30am – Technique
  • Saturday: 10:30am-11:30am – Jazz

Level 2 boys are automatically enrolled in Boys 1 class on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Level 3

For students 11-12 years old; attendance is three times a week. Level 3 is the pre-pointe year with the introduction of pointe work and turns.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $4,135.00

3 RED – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Monday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 6:45pm-7:30pm* – Conditioning/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-6:45pm – Character (Main Building)

3 BLUE – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.

  • Tuesday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 6:00pm-6:45pm* – Conditioning/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Friday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:00pm-6:45pm – Character (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:00am – Technique (Main Building)

3 YELLOW

  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 6:45pm-7:30pm* – Conditioning/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:45pm-7:30pm – Character (Main Building)

Level 3 boys are automatically enrolled in a Boys class on Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Building) which runs Jan 8 – May 24.
*From Jan 8 – May 24, Boys will NOT attend the scheduled Conditioning/Pointe class.

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $4,135.00

  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:45pm – Technique
  • Thursday: 5:00pm-7:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Thursday: 7:00pm-8:00pm – Jazz
  • Saturday: 10:30am-12:30pm – Technique & Pointe

Audition for NW Programs

NW classes take place at our NW Campus locations.
Questions about NW Programs? Email school@washingtonballet.org

Audition for SE Programs

All SE Lower Division classes take place at THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202
Questions about SE Programs? Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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Teens at SE (ages 11-18)

Teens at THEARC

for beginner dancers ages 11 – 18

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

SE Campus Teen Schedule 2023.24

All classes take place at THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202

Teen Ballet classes offer foundational ballet training to students ages 11 to 18 who are new to ballet or are returning after some time away. This class is also appropriate for students who wish to continue their training with a less intense weekly commitment. Students in this level may be invited to take pointe class if appropriate.

Teen Ballet classes meet two times per week from September 5 – May 24.
Tuition $2,515.00

  • Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm – Technique
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm – Technique
  • Thursday 8:00-9:00pm – Jazz

SE – New Student Registration
Questions about SE Campus programs? Email kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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Upper Division (ages 11-18)

Upper Division

Ages 11-18 by audition

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

Levels 4 – 8 develop strength, artistry, creativity, and discipline through classical ballet and additional techniques while preparing the dancer for further dance studies and to excel in college. For more information about levels, click HERE.

Level 4A

For students 11-13 years old; attendance is four times a week for technique class followed by pointe class three times a week, and one day of contemporary or jazz.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 4A Blue – Women CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,600.00

  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Conditioning (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:30am-12:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:45pm-1:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)

Level 4A Red – Women
Tuition $4,600.00

  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Conditioning (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:30am-12:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:45pm-1:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)

Please note that 4A Blue & 4A Red are different classes with different teachers. 

Level 4A Blue – Men – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,600.00

  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertory OR Men’s Technique (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Conditioning (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:30am-12:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:45pm-1:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)

Level 4A Red – Men
Tuition $4,600.00

  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertory OR Men’s Technique (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Conditioning (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:30am-12:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:45pm-1:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)

Please note that 4A Blue & 4A Red are different classes with different teachers. 

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition  $4,800.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Friday: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Technique
  • Friday: 7:00pm-8:00pm – Jazz
  • Saturday: 11:30am-2:00pm – Technique & Pointe

Level 4A students may audition for the SE Campus Performance Ensemble which rehearses Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm

Level 4B

For students 12-14 years old; attendance is four times a week for technique, pointe, repertoire, contemporary, or jazz.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 4B Red – Women – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,800.00

  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:45pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 6:45pm-7:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Cathedral Commons)
  • Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Level 4B Blue – Women CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,800.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:30pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:30pm-7:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:00pm-7:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:00pm-7:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:30pm-8:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Sunday: 10:00-11:30am – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Sunday: 11:30-12:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Level 4B Red – Men – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,800.00

  • OPTIONAL Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique (Main Building)  
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:45pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 6:45pm-7:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
    4B boys leave 15 min early
  • Tuesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building)
    4B boys come 15 min late
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Cathedral Commons)
  • Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Friday: 6:30pm-7:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • OPTIONAL Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Men’s Conditioning (Main Building)

Level 4B Blue – Men – CLASS IS FULL! Email school@washingtonballet.org to be added to the waitlist.
Tuition $4,800.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:30pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:30pm-7:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Men’s Class (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • OPTIONAL Tuesday: 7:30pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:00pm-7:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:00pm-7:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:30pm-8:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • OPTIONAL Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Men’s Conditioning for levels 4B-8 (Main Building)
  • Sunday: 10:00-11:30am – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Sunday: 11:30-12:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $4,800.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm-7:30pm – Modern
  • Friday: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Technique
  • Saturday: 11:30am-2:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Saturday: 2:00pm-3:00pm – Variations

Level 4B students may audition for the SE Campus Performance Ensemble which rehearses Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm

Level 5

For students 12-15 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique class, followed by pointe five days a week with one supplemental class a week such as contemporary, jazz, flamenco, or character.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 5 – Women
Tuition $5,940.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Monday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm-7:45pm Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:15pm-1:15pm – Contemporary (Main Building)

Level 5 – Men
Tuition $5,940.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-8:00pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons) OR OPTIONAL Monday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm-7:30pm Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 7:30pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building) OR Tuesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
    dependent on performance schedule
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:00pm Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Men’s Conditioning for levels 4B-8 (Main Building) OR Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
    dependent on performance schedule
  • Saturday: 12:15pm-1:15pm – Contemporary (Main Building)

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $5,940.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm-7:30pm – Modern
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Friday: 8:00pm-9:00pm – Jazz
  • Saturday: 12:30pm-3:00pm – Technique & Pointe

Level 5 students may audition for the SE Campus Performance Ensemble which rehearses Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm

Level 6

For students 13-16 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique with pointe five days a week, including repertoire class.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 6 – Women
Tuition $5,990.00

  • Tuesday: 6:15pm-8:00pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 12:15pm-1:15pm – Contemporary (Main Building)

Level 6 – Men
Tuition $5,990.00

  • OPTIONAL Monday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Men’s Class (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:30pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 7:30pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building) OR Tuesday: 8:00pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Rep (Main Building)
    dependent on performance schedule
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pas de deux (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Friday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Friday: 7:45pm-8:30pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Men’s Conditioning for levels 4B-6 (Main Building) OR Saturday: 11:15am-12:15pm – Pointe (Main Building)
    dependent on performance schedule
  • Saturday: 12:15pm-1:15pm – Contemporary (Main Building)

SE Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

SE Schedule 2023.24

Tuition $5,990.00

  • Monday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm – Technique
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm-7:30pm – Modern
  • Wednesday: 6:30pm-9:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:00pm – Technique & Pointe
  • Friday: 8:00pm-9:00pm – Jazz
  • Saturday: At NW Campus 9:30am-12:15pm (Technique 9:30-11:15 & Pointe/Rep 11:15-12:15)

Level 6 students may audition for the SE Campus Performance Ensemble which rehearses Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm

Level 7 (NW Campus only)

For students 14-17 years old; attendance is five times a week for technique with pointe five days a week with two supplemental classes each week such as contemporary, jazz, flamenco, or character.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 7 – Women
Tuition $6,025.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:15pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:00pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pas de deux (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 1:00pm-2:30pm – Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Level 7 – Men
Tuition $6,025.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:15pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:00pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • OPTIONAL Monday: 7:45-8:45pm – Men’s Technique (Main Building)
    class offering is dependent on enrollment
  • Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:30pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Tuesday: 7:30pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building) OR Tuesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Main Building)
    dependent on performance schedule
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pas de deux (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building
  • Thursday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Contemporary (Main Building)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 1:00pm-2:30pm – Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Level 8 (NW Campus only)

For students 14-19 years old; attendance is five times per week (with optional once a month master class), technique with pointe, and supplemental classes.

NW Campus Class Schedule & Tuition

NW Schedule 2023.24

Level 8 – Women
Tuition $6,350.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:15pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 7:15pm-8:45pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 5:15pm-7:00pm – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 7:00pm-8:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire/Pas de deux (Cathedral Commons)
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pas de deux (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-7:30pm – Composition (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 1:00pm-2:30pm – Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Level 8 – Men
Tuition $6,350.00

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:15pm – Technique (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 6:15pm-7:15pm – Pointe/Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Monday: 7:15pm-8:45pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 5:15pm-7:00pm – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Tuesday: 7:30pm-8:45pm – Men’s Technique for levels 4B-8 (Main Building) OR 7:00pm-8:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire/Pas de deux (Cathedral Commons) dependent on performance schedule
  • Wednesday: 6:15pm-7:45pm – Technique/Pointe (Main Building)
  • Wednesday: 7:45pm-8:45pm – Pas de deux (Main Building)
  • Thursday: 4:30pm-6:00pm – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Thursday: 6:00pm-7:30pm – Composition (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 9:30am-11:15am – Technique/Pointe (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 11:15am-12:30pm – Contemporary Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)
  • Saturday: 1:00pm-2:30pm – Repertoire (Cathedral Commons)

Audition for NW Programs

NW classes take place at our NW Campus locations.
For more information, please email school@washingtonballet.org.

Audition for SE Programs

All SE classes take place at THEARC,1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202
For more information, please email Kayla DeShields at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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Professional Training Division (ages 15+)

Professional Training Division

Acceptance by audition/invitation

2023.24 School Year (September 5, 2023 – May 24, 2024)

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The Professional Training Division of The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is a prestigious training program that facilitates the transition from student to professional dancer. All PTD classes take place at our NW Campus locations. For more information about individual levels, click HERE.

Professional Track Program B (PTPB)

PTPB is a comprehensive program for students ages 15*-18 who aspire to the next level and for students planning to continue dance in college. The Professional Track Program B (PTPB) is an audition/invitation-only, upper-level program with classes Monday-Friday, 3:30-7:30PM, Saturdays from 9:30-5:00.More

 

2023.24 Tuition $6,896.00

Monday

  • Optional class on Mondays – May join PTPA 

Tuesday

  • 2:30pm-3:15pm: PTD Mindfulness
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm: Technique
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm: Men’s Variation
  • 5:30pm-6:15pm: Pointe
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm: Repertoire

Wednesday 

  • 3:15pm-4:45pm: Technique
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm: PTD Men’s Class
  • 5:00pm-5:45pm: Pointe
  • 6:00pm-7:15pm: Contemporary

Thursday

  • 3:15pm-4:15pm: PTD Character
  • 4:15pm-5:45pm: Technique/Pointe
  • 5:45pm-7:15pm: Repertoire

Friday

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm: Technique
  • 5:15pm-6:00pm: Men’s Technique
  • 5:15pm-6:00pm: Pointe
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm: Enrichment class
    NOTE: Enrichment Class will not run during Nutcracker Rehearsal and Performance Periods. 

Saturday

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-12:15pm: Pas de deux
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm: Men’s Technique
  • 1:15pm-2:45pm: Repertoire
  • 3:00pm-4:45pm:  PTD Choreographic Workshop

*Students 14 years of age may be considered for PTPB if they and their family live in the DMV area.

Professional Track Program A (PTPA)

PTPA is designed to prepare students ages 15*-18 for a professional career in ballet by refining the classical foundation and honing artistry. The Professional Track Program A (PTPA) is an audition/invitation-only, upper-level program.More

 

2023.24 Tuition $7,055.00

Monday

  • 9:45am-10:45am: Conditioning
  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm: Men’s Class
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm: Pointe
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm: Enrichment

Tuesday

  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-1:30pm: Men’s Variations
  • 12:45pm-1:30pm: Pointe
  • 2:30pm-3:15pm: PTD Mindfulness
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm: Repertoire

Wednesday 

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-12:30pm: Pas de Deux
  • 12:45pm-2:15pm: Repertoire
  • 3:15pm-4:30pm: Contemporary
  • 4:30pm-5:15pm: Men’s Technique

Thursday

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Men’s Variations
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Pointe
  • 12:00pm-2:15pm: Repertoire
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm: Character

Friday

  • 11:15am-12:45pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-2:30pm: Repertoire
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: Mime
  • 5:15pm-6:00pm: Men’s Technique
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm: Enrichment class
    NOTE: Enrichment Class will not run during Nutcracker Rehearsal and Performance Periods. 

Saturday

  • 9:30am-11:00am:  Technique
  • 11:15am-12:15pm: Pas de Deux
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm: Men’s Technique
  • 1:15pm-2:45pm: Repertoire
  • 3:00pm-4:45pm: PTD Choreographic  Workshop

*Students 14 years of age may be considered for PTPA if they and their family live in the DMV area.

Trainee Program

Dancers, ages 17-19*, with a demonstrated passion for a professional career in ballet may be invited to audition for the Trainee Program by the artistic staff of The Washington Ballet. Students in PTPA and summer students are considered for this level, as are dancers at international competitions where our artistic staff may judge. As there are only a few spots available each year, the artistic staff prefers to see prospective Trainees in person. Trainee spots are not offered at school auditions.More

 

2023.24 Tuition $5,895.00

Schedule is flexible depending on Trainee participation in TWB’s rehearsals and performances:

Monday

  • 9:45am-10:45am: Conditioning
  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm: Men’s Class
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm: Pointe

Tuesday

  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-1:30pm: Men’s Class
  • 12:45pm-1:30pm: Pointe
  • 2:30pm-3:15pm: PTD Mindfulness
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm: Repertoire

Wednesday 

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-12:30pm: Women’s Variations
  • 11:15am-12:30pm:  Men Pas de deux w/PTP A
  • 12:45pm-2:15pm:  Contemporary
  • 3:00pm-4:15pm: Repertoire
  • 4:30pm-5:15pm: Men’s Technique

Thursday

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Men’s Variations
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Pointe
  • 12:00pm-2:15pm: Repertoire
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm: Character

Friday

  • 9:30am-11:00am: Technique
  • 11:15am-12:30pm: Pas de deux
  • 12:45pm-2:30pm: Repertoire
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: Mime
  • 5:15pm-6:00pm: Men’s Technique

Saturday

  • 11:15am-12:45pm: Technique
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm: Men’s Class
  • 1:15pm-2:45pm: Repertoire
  • 3:00pm – 4:45pm: PTD Choreographic Workshop

*Dancers over the age of 19 who are interested in our Trainee program should email school@washingtonballet.org for more information.

Men’s Program in PTD (Professional Training Division)

Under the direction of international master teacher and coach Rinat Imaev, TWSB Men’s Program in the Professional Training Division prepares young male dancers ages 15 and up for a career in classical and contemporary ballet.More

Mr. Imaev comes to TWSB after an illustrious career as a principal dancer and 16 years as a company teacher with ABT. Additional men’s faculty will include TWB Company Dancers and choreographer Mimmo Miccolis for contemporary work. In addition to the regular classes of each level, male students will also train in the following: strength training, partnering skills, men’s classical repertory, jumps, and turns.

Male PTD students will attend men’s technique class with Trainees and Studio Company members.

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Learn about our Professional Training Division Faculty.

Assessment and Auditions for the Professional Training Division

A student may request to be assessed for the Professional Training Division during their participation in the TWSB Summer Intensive or TWB Summer Repertory Experience, or send a video audition for consideration. After video submission, a visit may be arranged during which they will be assessed in person.

Students are invited into the Trainee Program after a minimum of one season during the school year or summer program (exceptions can be made for extraordinary talent).

Submit a Video Audition

 

See the Parent Resources page for our School Calendar, Parent Handbook and Uniforms, and information on Payment Plans & Refund Policies.

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International Students

International Students

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International students may audition via a video for the 5-week Summer Intensive and the 1-week Repertory Experience, at which they may be considered for the Professional Training Division (PTD) beginning in September of each year and ending in May. Attending the 5-week Summer Intensive and/or the 1-week Repertory Experience, will allow our artistic team time to fully evaluate candidates for the full year program. Alternatively, students are able to discern if TWSB is a good personal fit.

Summer Audition Information

If the student is unable to attend summer sessions but would like to be considered for the School Year programs, please contact school@washingtonballet.org.

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 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. Learn more about the student visa process 

Student Housing 

The Washington School of Ballet does not offer student housing. Students in our Professional Training Division (PTD) 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.

Student Support

TWSB requires international students under the age of 18 to have a guardian aged 18 or above available to to support them during the school year. We strongly recommend that students under the age of 18 have a family member or guardian living with them or nearby. Students must have a plan in place for a guardian or adult (not employed by TWSB) to assist with medical emergencies.

Student Language Proficiency

TWSB requires students to have a proficient knowledge of the English language to enroll in the Professional Training Division. There is no certification or proof required to enroll, however students must be responsible for understanding written and spoken directions, schedules, and other information required to navigate the program and participate in classes.

For more information, please email school@washingtonballet.org.

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