NW Summer Programs

Stay tuned! Additional information on TWSB’s 2023 Summer Programs coming soon.


NW Campus Summer Programs

At our NW Campus locations: 3515 Wisconsin Ave, Cathedral Commons, and Van Ness Studios

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 best-in-class ballet masters and instructors, and a curriculum 77 years perfected, The Washington School of Ballet sets a new standard in ballet education. 

COVID-19 Update:

Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in 2023 NW Summer Programs. Religious and medical exemption requests must be made in advance of program registration by emailing school@washingtonballet.org.

Questions? For Upper Division & Pro levels, email summer@washingtonballet.org. For Lower Division, Pre Ballet, and Creative Dance levels, email school@washingtonballet.org.


SUMMER 2023 – NW Campus

Summer Intensive Upper Division & Summer Intensive Pro

Ages: Upper Division 12+, Pro 15+
Dates: June 26 – July 28, 2023
Class Times: Mon – Fri all-day program

The Washington School of Ballet NW Campus Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for five weeks with our acclaimed faculty including Professional Training Division Head, Xiomara Reyes; Upper Division Head, Kristina Windom; and Rinat Imaev, Senior Faculty and Company Teacher.

Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe work, variations, men’s technique, flamenco, jazz, contemporary, body conditioning, and student choreography. 

Level placement is determined the first day of the summer program. Students will be placed in an appropriate level determined by age and technical ability. Adjudicators responsible for summer student placement are TWSB full-time faculty. 

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet’s NW Campus Summer Intensive by attending an in-person audition on our upcoming tour OR submitting a video audition. Students attending our summer program who are also interested in enrolling in the 2023-2024 school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition. 

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition; they will enroll for the Summer Intensive at their current level. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration in early 2023. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our Feature in Pointe Magazine! and learn more about TWSB leadership and faculty. 

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SUMMER INTENSIVE HOUSING (ages 13+)

Chaperoned housing for the 5 week Summer Intensive at TWSB’s NW Campus will be at American University, just .6 mile from our studios at 3515 Wisconsin Ave. The safe and serene campus of AU provides all the amenities for our students’ comfort and rest. Chaperones organize and oversee optional weekend activities. There is so much to see in DC!

Audition Information Here

Questions about summer programs for NW’s Upper Division or Pro levels? Email summer@washingtonballet.org

Program registration for current students will begin Jan 9, 2023.

Program registration for new students will begin Jan 23, 2023.


Lower Division: Level 3 Summer Intensive

Ages: 11-12
Dates: June 26 – July 21, 2023
Class Times: Mon – Thu 9:30-3:30, Fri 9:30-3:00

The Level 3 Summer Intensive is a challenging and enriching four-week, full day Intensive for students wishing to expand their dance vocabulary, strengthen technique and refine pointe work. All classes are taught by TWSB’s esteemed faculty.  At this important time in a young dancer’s training, students attend daily pointe, technique, repertoire, and contemporary classes.  With an emphasis on classical ballet line and technique, the program offers a chance for students to expand their dance vocabulary in contemporary choreography and classical ballet repertoire. Strengthening and conditioning enrichment classes round out a busy week. Students must have previous pointe experience to attend. Level 3 Summer Intensive Repertoire Performance will take place during the last week of classes for family and friends.   

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition; they will enroll for the Summer Intensive at their current level. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration in early 2023.

Audition Information Here

Questions about summer programs for Lower Division levels? Email school@washingtonballet.org

Program registration for current students will begin Jan 9, 2023.

Program registration for new students will begin Jan 23, 2023.


Lower Division: Young Dancers Summer Program

Ages: 8-11
Dates: June 26 – July 21, 2023

The Young Dancer Summer Intensive is a specially designed with the young dancer in mind. The four-week intensive study incorporates technique while enriching and strengthening syllabus concepts in a professional and nurturing environment.  Summer study builds on the essential elements of classical ballet technique while reinforcing the developmental need of young dancers.  All classes are taught by TWSB’s outstanding faculty, class sizes are limited.   

Level 1A attends two times a week – 75 minute classes. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, and Conditioning.  

Level 1B attends three times a week – 90 minute classes. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, Conditioning, and Contemporary.

Level 2 attends four times a week – 90 minute classes. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, Conditioning, and Character.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition; they will enroll for the Summer Intensive at their current level. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration in early 2023.

Audition Information Here

Questions about summer programs for Lower Division levels? Email school@washingtonballet.org

Program registration for current students will begin Jan 9, 2023.

Program registration for new students will begin Jan 23, 2023.


Pre-Ballet Division: Dance Me a Story Summer

Ages: 5-7
Dates: June 26 – July 21, 2023

Dance Me A Story Summer for ages 5-7.  Dancers become mischievous Nutcracker mice, elegant swans in Swan Lake, and dance at Aurora’s wedding in The Sleeping Beauty.  Artistry and imagination come together when young dancers travel to the Land of Sweets, Swan Lake, and far away castles. Students will learn to tell the classical ballet stories through choreography and mime. Summer classes are a fun and enriching way to reinforce classwork syllabus skills, muscle memory and coordination. Ballet vocabulary, classical ballet alignment, balance and posture are emphasized.  

The last week of classes students will share all they have learned in a short presentation for family and friends.  Enrollment will be limited to ensure maximum individual attention to each student’s unique development and learning goals. 

Pre Ballet 1 attend once per week – 45 minute class.

Pre Ballet 2 and Pre Ballet 3 attend twice a week – 60 minute class.

Questions about summer programs for Pre Ballet levels? Email school@washingtonballet.org

No audition required. 

Program registration for current students will begin Jan 9, 2023.

Program registration for new students will begin Jan 23, 2023.


Creative Dance Summer Program

Ages: 3-4
Dates: June 26 – July 21, 2023

Creative Dance Summer is designed to introduce young children to dance and creative movement using stories and guided improvisation. Children develop body awareness, increased strength, and motor coordination. Students 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 and serves as a bridge into the Pre-Ballet Division.

Creative Dance meets once a week for 45 minutes.

Questions about summer programs for Creative Dance levels? Email school@washingtonballet.org

No audition required.

Program registration for current students will begin Jan 9, 2023.

Program registration for new students will begin Jan 23, 2023.

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NW Summer Auditions

NW Campus Summer Auditions

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet by attending an in-person audition or submitting a video audition. Students attending the summer intensive who are also interested in enrolling in the following school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition. Advance registration is required for all in-person auditions at The Washington Ballet and walk-up registration will not be accepted. Students should register for auditions based on their age at the time of the audition.

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

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

COVID-19 Update:

Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in 2023 NW Summer Programs. Religious and medical exemption requests must be made in advance of program registration by emailing school@washingtonballet.org.

Questions? For Upper Division & Pro levels, email summer@washingtonballet.org. For Lower Division, Pre Ballet, and Creative Dance levels, email school@washingtonballet.org.


2023 Auditions for Summer Intensive Upper Division & Summer Intensive Pro  

Saturday, January 7, 2023Orange County, CA at Festival Ballet Theatre
Registration 1:00PM, Audition 1:30PM-3:30PM

Sunday, January 8, 2023
– New York, NY at Manhattan Youth Ballet
Registration: 10:00AM, Audition 10:30AM-12:30PM

Sunday, January 15, 2023
– Chicago, IL at Joffrey Chicago
Registration 9:30AM, Audition 10:00AM-12:00PM

Saturday, January 21, 2023
– Washington, DC at Washington Ballet
Registration ages 11-13 at 3:00PM, Audition for ages 11-13 at 3:30PM-5:00PM
Registration ages 14+ at 4:30PM, Audition ages 14+ at 5:15PM-7:00PM

Saturday, January 21, 2023
– Boston, MA at Boston Ballet
Registration 2:30AM, Audition 3:00PM-5:00PM

Saturday, January 21, 2023
– Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Ballet
Registration 3:00PM, Audition 3:30PM-5:30PM

Saturday, January 28, 2023
– Houston, TX at Ballet Center of Houston
Registration 11:00AM, Audition 11:30AM-1:15PM

Saturday, January 28, 2023
– Boca Raton, FL at Harid Conservatory
Registration 3:00PM, Audition 3:30PM-5:30PM

Saturday, March 18, 2023
– Washington DC at Washington Ballet
Registration for ages 14+ at 3:30PM,  Audition for ages 14+ at 4:00PM-6:00PM

 

Register to Audition

Questions about auditions for Upper Division and Pro levels? Email summer@washingtonballet.org


Lower Division Summer Program 2023 Auditions

All Lower Division auditions take place at the Main Building at 3515 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Saturday, January 21, 2023pre-registration required, check-in begins 30 minutes prior to your audition.
Ages 8-9 at 1:30PM-2:15PM

Ages 10-12 at 2:30PM-3:45PM

Saturday, March 18, 2023pre-registration required, check-in begins 30 minutes prior to your audition.
Ages 8-9 at 3:30PM-4:15PM

Ages 10-12 at 4:15PM-5:30PM

Audition Requirements for Lower Division Programs

  • Students age 8 auditioning for Lower Division should have 1-2 years of previous ballet training. Students age 8-9 with no previous experience will be placed by ability and readiness for the TWSB Syllabus.
  • Ages 10-11 should have a minimum of 1-2 years of ballet training.
  • Ages 11-12 should have a minimum 3 years ballet training. Students must have begun pointe by Fall of 2022 or completed 1 full year of pointe work.

Register to Audition

Questions about auditions for Lower Division levels? Email school@washingtonballet.org


NW Campus Video Auditions

Audition by Video

You may submit a video audition for the NW Campus Upper Division and Pro Summer Intensives 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.

Attire

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

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

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SE Summer Programs

Additional information on TWSB’s 2023 Summer Programs coming soon.


SE Campus Summer Programs

At THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20020

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 best-in-class ballet masters and instructors, and a curriculum 77 years perfected, The Washington School of Ballet sets a new standard in ballet education. In 2005, The Washington School of Ballet became a founding partner at THEARC. For 17 years, the SE Campus has served the East of the River Community with the expertise of the faculty, TWSB curriculum, and excellence in ballet training.

COVID-19 Update:

Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in 2023 SE Summer Programs. Religious and medical exemption requests must be made in advance of program registration by emailing kdeshields@washingtonballet.org.


Summer Intensive for Levels 3-5 (ages 11-18)
Dates: June 26-July 28, 2023

The Washington School of Ballet SE Campus Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for four to five weeks with our acclaimed faculty to include SE Campus Principal Tammy Hurt, Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova, and Margaret Williamson.

Learn more about TWSB leadership and faculty.

The five-week program includes classes in classical ballet technique, pointe, repertory, jazz, Horton technique, Dance composition, and body conditioning. Classes meet Monday through Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm. Age is considered during placement; however placement is primarily based on technical ability and appropriate strength for syllabus material.

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet SE Campus Summer Intensive by attending an in-person placement class audition.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’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.

For more information please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager.


Summer Intensive for Levels 1-2 (ages 8-11) & Teen Program (ages 11-18)
Dates: June 26-July 21, 2023

Our Summer Intensive for Levels 1-2 & our Teen Program is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. This 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.

Summer Intensive includes Level 1A and 1B (2 times per week), Teen Ballet (3 times per week), and Level 2 (4 times per week). Class sizes are limited to allow faculty to devote attention to each student. Classes may include classical ballet technique, jazz, conditioning, and more!

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive by attending an in-person placement class.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’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.

For more information please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager.


Pre-Ballet Summer Intensive (ages 5-7)
Dates: June 26-July 21, 2023

This is a four-week program designed exclusively to develop ballet vocabulary within the developmental framework of the young child. Exercises promote balance, posture, spatial awareness, and directional patterns, all tailored to strengthen and support muscle development. There is a focus on musicality and creative self-expression. Each class includes a stretch and strength component in addition to the instruction of classical technique. Enrollment will be limited to ensure maximum individual attention to each student’s unique development and learning goals.

Classes are taught by TWSB Faculty. Pre Ballet 1, Pre Ballet 2, and Pre Ballet 3 attend two times a week.

No placement class required.

Current TWSB Pre-Ballet students enroll at the current level. Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager, at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org with any questions.


Creative Dance Summer Program (Ages 3-4)
Dates: June 26-July 21, 2023

This four-week program is designed to introduce young children to creative movement exploration using movement games, imagery, 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 meets twice per week during the summer.

No placement class required. Register for Creative Dance

Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager, at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org with questions.

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SE Summer Auditions

Stay tuned! Summer 2023 audition registration coming soon.


SE Campus Summer Auditions

At THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20020

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet by attending an in-person audition. Students attending the summer intensive who are also interested in enrolling in the following school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition.

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

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

Placement Classes (ages 8-11)

Saturday, April 22 at 11:00am

Saturday, June 3 at 11:00am

Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am

Registration will open in early 2023.

 

Placement Classes (ages 12+)

Children ages 12+ without ballet experience may register for our Teen Program. Registration will open in early 2023.

Children ages 12+ with ballet experience should reach out to Kayla DeShields at kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to schedule an in-class audition.


Attire

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

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

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