NW Summer Intensives

The Washington School of Ballet provides a safe, nurturing environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of young dancers to grow and expand to their full potential.

With cutting-edge technology, best-in-class ballet masters and instructors, and a curriculum 75 years perfected, The Washington School of Ballet sets a new standard in ballet education. Online auditions for this year’s Summer Intensive start in January 2021.

UPDATE: As of February 1, the in-studio Summer Intensive option for NW Upper Division and Professional Training Division are both full. Space is still available for the virtual Summer Intensive. Auditioning students may be added to a waitlist for studio space once accepted. Capacity will be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated, so stay tuned.

COVID-19 Update

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. As the pandemic will be in a new phase by the beginning of our 5-week summer program, June 21, 2021, TWSB is anticipating a hybrid program. Our summer will offer the option of fully in-studio training or fully virtual training for students in the Upper Level five-week program. Capacity will be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.

Students currently enrolled in The Washington School of Ballet’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

Students attending our summer program who are also interested in enrolling in the 2021-2022 school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition.

Offered Virtually for Summer 2021:

Upper and Professional Training Divisions (Levels 4 through 9)

Dates: June 21– July 23, 2021
Class Times: 9:30AM-4:00PM (approximately)
Tuition for in-studio attendance: $3,000
Tuition for virtual-only attendance: $1,500

UPDATE: As of February 1, the in-studio Summer Intensive option for NW Upper Division and Professional Training Division are both full. Space is still available for the virtual Summer Intensive. Auditioning students may be added to a waitlist for studio space once accepted. Capacity will be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated, so stay tuned.

Housing will not be offered for those students attending classes in person. Our staff can make suggestions for safe housing options. Students 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for five weeks with our acclaimed faculty including Artistic Director Julie Kent and Professional Division Head Xiomara Reyes. Men’s division classes are led by Rinat Imaev and Damien Johnson.

Learn more about TWSB leadership and faculty.

Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe work, variations, men’s technique, flamenco, jazz, contemporary, Pilates, and student choreography for both studio and virtual class groups.

Students who choose the virtual option will be participating in the same class as the studio students. Our faculty will have state-of-the-art mobile equipment to enable them to see all students both virtual and in-studio at the same time. Virtual students may also see the studio students and be a part of the group discussions and seminars. The five-week Upper Level program will culminate in a recorded performance to be shared with family and friends for both virtual and studio students.

Levels are not determined at the time of audition; all students will attend placement classes on the first day of the program. While the classes will be arranged by age, placement is primarily based on technical ability and appropriate strength for syllabus material.

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive by either a Zoom audition and video audition.

Audition by Video

For more information please contact Donna Glover, Director of School Operations.


Lower Division (ages 8-12) Summer Intensive
June 21-July 16, 2021
Offered virtually and in-person

The Lower Division Summer Intensive is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. The impressive four-week program is taught by TWSB’s esteemed faculty. Summer study builds on students’ technique, strengthens syllabus concepts, and sustains important muscle memory. Class sizes are limited with faculty observing each student. Classes include classical ballet technique, jazz, and conditioning.

Virtual and in-person options are available for the 2021 Summer Intensive. Students who choose a virtual option will be participating in the same class as the in-studio students. Our faculty will have state-of-the-art mobile equipment to enable them to see all students both virtual and in-studio at the same time.

Lower Division Auditions

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

Register to Audition

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet Summer Program by either a Zoom audition or video audition. Students currently enrolled in The Washington School of Ballet do not need to audition. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Program.

Summer Schedule:

Levels 1 and 2: Ages 8-10

Young students in Levels 1A, 1B, and Level 2 meet Monday through Friday afternoons allowing students to participate in other camps and activities during the day.

Level 1 & 2 Schedules (June 21-July 16)

Level 1A Yellow
Monday, 5:30-6:45PM ET / Wednesday & Thursday, 6:00-7:15PM ET

Level 1A Green
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 5:15-6:30PM ET

Level 1A Red
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 4:15-5:30PM ET

Level 1B Blue
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:15-5:30PM ET

Level 1B Green
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:00-7:15PM ET

Level 2 Red
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:15-5:45PM ET

Level 2 Blue
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 5:45-7:15PM ET

Level 3: Ages 11-12

The Level 3 Summer Program is a challenging and enriching four-week program for students wanting to expand their dance vocabulary and strengthen their technique. Daily classes include Pointe, Technique, Repertoire, and Enrichment classes. Strengthening and Conditioning classes round out a busy week with morning and afternoon sessions are offered.

Level 3 Schedule (June 21-July 16) 

Group A
Monday-Friday
9:15-10:45AM ET, Technique
11:00AM-12:00PM ET, Pointe /Repertoire /Enrichment

Group B
Monday–Friday
1:00-2:30PM ET, Technique
2:45-3:45Pm ET, Pointe / Repertoire/ Enrichment


Pre Ballet: Ages 5-8

To Register: open registration is now closed. Please contact Alex Schools, School Manager at aschools@washingtonballet.org for more information. The summer session begins June 28, 2021.

The Pre Ballet Division Summer Intensive is a four-week course designed exclusively to develop ballet vocabulary within the developmental framework of the young child.  Exercises promote balance, posture, special awareness, and directional patterns, all tailored to strengthen and support muscle development.  There is a focus on musicality and creative self-expression.

Classes are taught by The Washington Ballet School Faculty, and meet two times weekly (Pre Ballet 2 and Pre Ballet 3) and one time per week (Pre Ballet 1). Each class includes a stretch and strength component in addition to the instruction of classical technique. The Pre Ballet Division Summer Intensive will feature both an in-studio option for students wishing to study in-person and a separate online option for those who wish to train virtually.  Enrollment in both options will be limited to ensure maximum individual attention to each student’s unique development and learning goals.

Please contact Alex Schools, School Manager at aschools@washingtonballet.org with any questions.

Pre-Ballet Schedule (June 28-July 23)

Pre-Ballet 1: Friday (students attend one day a week)
4:15-5:00 PM ET Studio Option
5:15-6:00 PM ET Virtual Option

Pre-Ballet 2: Tuesday and Thursday (students attend two days a week)
4:15-5:00 PM ET Studio Option
5:00-5:45 PM ET Virtual Option

Pre-Ballet 3: Monday and Wednesday (students attend two days a week)
4:15-5:15 PM ET Studio Option
5:15-6:15 PM ET Virtual Option


Creative Dance (ages 3-4)

This summer program for children ages 3 to 4.5 years old is designed to introduce young children to creative movement explorations using 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 virtual environment. This class offers an excellent foundation in early dance explorations and serves as a bridge into our Pre-Ballet Division.

Schedule:
June 28-July 23, 2021
One class per week 
Tuesdays, 5:45-6:30PM ET
Thursdays, 5:45-6:30PM ET

Please contact Alex Schools, School Manager at aschools@washingtonballet.org with any questions.

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SE Summer Intensives

Photo by Kelsey Arrington

The Washington School of Ballet provides a safe, nurturing environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of young dancers to grow and expand to their full potential.

With cutting edge technology, best-in-class ballet masters and instructors, and a curriculum 75 years perfected, The Washington School of Ballet sets a new standard in ballet education. Online auditions for this year’s Summer Intensive start in January 2021.

COVID-19 Update

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. As the pandemic will be in a new phase by the beginning of our 5-week summer program, June 21, 2021, TWSB is anticipating a hybrid program. Our summer will offer the option of fully in-studio training or fully virtual training for students in the upper level five-week program. Capacity will be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.

Students currently enrolled in The Washington School of Ballet’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration  All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

Students attending our summer program who are also interested in enrolling in the 2021-2022 school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition.

Offered In-Person and Virtually for Summer 2021:

Day Program (Levels 3 through 5)

 

5-Week Upper Division Intensive Levels 4 and 5
Ages 11 and Up
Dates: June 28 – July 30, 2021
Class Times: 9:00AM-3:00PM

4-Week Level 3 Intensive
Ages 10-12
Dates: June 28 – July 23, 2021
Class Times: 9:00AM-3:00PM

Evening Program (Creative Dance through Level 2)

Lower Division (Levels 1A, 1B, Level 2)
Ages 8-12
Dates: June 28 – July 23, 2021
|Class Times: 4:15PM – 6:30PM (approximately)

Pre-Ballet Division (Pre-Ballet 1 through 3)
Ages 5-7
Dates: June 28 – July 23, 2021
Class Times: 4:15PM – 6:30PM (approximately)

Creative Dance 
Ages 3-4
Dates: June 28 – July 23, 2021
Class Times: 3:45PM – 4:30PM

The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for four to five weeks with our acclaimed faculty including Artistic Director Julie Kent, Head of SE Campus Monica Stephenson, Damien Johnson, Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova, and Margaret Williamson.

Learn more about TWSB leadership and faculty.

Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe work, variations, men’s technique, character, jazz, contemporary, body conditioning, and classical repertory for both studio and virtual class groups.

Students who choose the virtual option will be participating in the same class as the studio students. Our faculty will have state-of-the-art mobile equipment to enable them to see all students both virtual and in-studio at the same time. Virtual students may also see the studio students and be a part of the group discussions and seminars. The 5-week Upper-Level program will culminate in a recorded performance to be shared with family and friends for both virtual and studio students.

Levels may not be determined at the time of audition; all students will be assessed on the first day of the program. While the classes will be arranged by age, placement is primarily based on technical ability and appropriate strength for syllabus material.

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive by either a Zoom audition and video audition.

ZOOM AUDITIONS

Register to Audition

Upper Division (ages 12+)
Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager to schedule a placement class.

Lower Division (ages 8-12)

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

Open Enrollment for Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet Divisions

Dates: June 28– July 23, 2021

Creative Dance (ages 3-4)

This summer program for children ages 3 to 4.5 years old is designed to introduce young children to creative movement explorations using 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 virtual environment. This class offers an excellent foundation in early dance explorations and serves as a bridge into our Pre-Ballet Division.

Register for Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet 1, 2, and 3 (ages 5-7)

The Pre-Ballet Division summer program is designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of ballet and classroom etiquette, prepare students for further formal ballet instruction, and share the joy and appreciation of dance.

Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager to register.

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Summer Auditions

NW Auditions

Upper Division:

UPDATE: As of February 1, the in-studio Summer Intensive option for NW Upper and Professional Training Divisions is full. Space is still available for the virtual Summer Intensive. Auditioning students may be added to a waitlist for studio space once accepted. Capacity will be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated, so stay tuned!

No future zoom auditions for the NW Upper Division Summer Intensive are scheduled at this time. Students may submit a video audition. Scroll down for details.

Lower Division Auditions

Saturday, February 20, 2021 and April 17, 2021

Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

NW Audition by Zoom

SE Auditions

Lower Division Auditions:

Saturday, February 20, 2021 
Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Age 8: 10:00–10:45AM ET
Ages 9-10: 11:00AM–12:00PM ET
Ages 11-12: 1:00–2:00PM ET

SE Register to Audition

Upper Division Auditions Ages 12+:
Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager to schedule a placement class.

Video Auditions

Audition by Video

You may submit a video audition for the Upper Division Summer Intensive by following these steps:

Video Audition Guidelines:
Your recorded audition should be NO LONGER THAN 10 minutes and please include the following in your audition:

  • Introduction: name, age, years, and place of study.
  • Only one side of combinations at the barre and 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.

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