NW Summer Programs

NW Campus Summer Programs

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

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) NW Campus Summer Programs give over 325 students from around the world the opportunity to study for four to six weeks with our acclaimed faculty. 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 young dancers to grow and expand to their full potential.

With best-in-class faculty, a unified curriculum across our programs, and student-centered classrooms, The Washington School of Ballet sets a new standard in ballet education.


TWSB Summer Intensive

Ages: 12-22 (ages as of June 1, 2024)
Dates: June 24 – July 26, 2024
Classes: Mon-Fri 9:15am-5:00pm (times approx.)
Location: Classes take place at Main Building studios, 3515 Wisc Ave NW, and Cathedral Commons studios at 3308 Wisc Ave NW

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Tuition: $3,300 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% tuition discount)
Housing: $3,595

The Washington School of Ballet NW Campus Summer Intensive gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for five weeks with our internationally recognized faculty, Artistic Director, Edwaard Liang, and acclaimed guest artists. The Summer Intensive culminates in a studio showing for friends and family.

With over 30 hours of curriculum per week, the schedule includes classical ballet technique, pointe work, variations, men’s technique, pas de deux, flamenco, jazz, contemporary, character, body conditioning, repertory, and composition. Included in your tuition is access to on-site physical therapy appointments with our Restore Motion partners. 

The Summer Intensive is the best way to be evaluated by our faculty and considered for TWSB’s Professional Training Division or the Studio Company.

Sample Daily Schedule
9:15-10:00 Pilates/Conditioning
10:15-12:00 Ballet Technique
12:15-1:15 Pas de Deux/Pointe
1:15-2:15 Lunch
2:15-3:45 Repertoire
3:45-4:45 Cultural/Contemporary

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 tour OR submitting a video audition (see audition link below). Students attending our summer program who are also interested in enrolling in the 2024-2025 school year may request to be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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SUMMER INTENSIVE HOUSING (ages 13+)

Housing Information

To register for Chaperoned housing, use the “5-Week Summer Intensive Housing” link in your acceptance email. Having trouble finding the link? Email: summer@washingtonballet.org

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!

Please note: Housing for the 5-week Summer Intensive & the 1-week Repertory Experience are sold separately.

Meet your 2024 Summer Intensive Chaperones – Coming Soon!

 

Auditions & Registration

Audition Information Here

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Students currently enrolled in Level 4a or above DO NOT need to audition and may enroll once registration opens using the direct link emailed to them.

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

International Student Information

 

Questions about TWSB’s Summer Intensive? Email summer@washingtonballet.org


TWB Repertory Experience

Advanced Dancers Ages: 14-22 (ages as of June 1, 2024)
Women with a minimum of 4 years of pointe.  
Men with a minimum of 4 years of continuous study in a serious program.
TWSB students in level 6 and up during the 23.24 school year.
Dates: July 29 – August 2, 2024
Classes: Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: Main Building studios, 3515 Wisc Ave NW

PROGRAM ALMOST FULL

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Tuition: (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% tuition discount)
$790 for students attending our 5-week TWSB Summer Intensive
$880 as a stand-alone
registration. 
Housing: $850

Dive into a week of unparalleled artistry with the TWB Repertory Experience guided by Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. Students have the chance to dance like a TWB company member starting the day with advanced technique and followed by repertory rehearsals in a professional company-style format. Select students from the Repertory Experience may be invited to join the Professional Training Division or the Studio Company. Mark your calendar for an open rehearsal of company repertory on Friday, Aug 2. 

Students must be accepted into The Washington Ballet Repertory Experience by audition and are strongly encouraged to attend the 5-week TWSB Summer Intensive immediately preceding in preparation for this company-style program.  

Sample Schedule
9:15-10:45 Technique
11:00-2:00 Repertory A
2:00-3:00 LUNCH
3:00-6:00 Repertory B 

 

REPERTORY EXPERIENCE HOUSING (ages 14+)

Housing Information

To register for Chaperoned housing, use the “1-Week Repertory Experience Housing” link in your acceptance email. Having trouble finding the link? Email: summer@washingtonballet.org

Chaperoned housing for the 1-week Repertory Experience 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.

Please note: Housing for the 5-week Summer Intensive & the 1-week Repertory Experience are sold separately.

Meet your 2024 Summer Intensive Chaperones – Coming Soon!

 

Auditions & Registration

Audition Information Here

Women should have a minimum of 4 years of pointe.  
Men should have a minimum of 4 years of continuous study in a serious program.

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Current TWSB students enrolled in Level 6 or higher during the 2023.24 school year may register for the TWB Repertory Experience using the link emailed to them.

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

International Student Information

 

Questions about TWSB’s Summer Intensive? Email summer@washingtonballet.org


Lower Division: Level 3 Summer Intensive

Ages: 11-12 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2024
Classes: Mon-Thu 9:30AM-3:30PM, Fri 9:30AM-3:00PM (NO CLASSES July 4)
Location: Van Ness Studios, 4200 Wisc Ave NW

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Tuition: $2,325 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

The Level 3 Summer Intensive is a challenging and enriching five-day-per-week, four-week Intensive for students wishing to expand their dance vocabulary, strengthen technique and refine pointe work. All classes are taught by TWSB’s esteemed faculty, led by Pamela Bjerknes, Lower Division Head. 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. 

 

Auditions & Registration

Audition Information Here

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition; they will continue at their same level for Summer 2024 programs and must use the direct link emailed to them to register.

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

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

  


Lower Division: Young Dancers Summer Program

Ages: 8-11 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2024
Location: Van Ness Studios, 4200 Wisc Ave NW or at the Main Building studios, 3515 Wisc Ave NW

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The Young Dancer Summer Program is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. This four-week program 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 needs of young dancers. All classes are taught by TWSB’s outstanding faculty, class sizes are limited.   

Level 1A, for dancers ages 8-9, attends two times a week. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, and conditioning. 

Level 1A Red, Van Ness Studios
Tuition: $350 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Monday: 5:15PM-6:30PM
  • Wednesday: 5:15PM-6:30PM  

Level 1A Blue, Van Ness Studios
Tuition: $306.25 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Tuesday: 5:00PM-6:15PM
  • Thursday: 5:00PM – 6:15PM (No class on July 4th) 

Level 1B, for ages 9-10, attends four times a week. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, conditioning, and contemporary.

Level 1B Classes, Main Building
Tuition: $750 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

Monday:

  • 4:45PM-6:15PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:15PM-6:45PM, Ballet Repertoire  

Tuesday:

  • 4:45PM-6:00PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:00PM-6:45PM, Contemporary  

Wednesday:

  • 4:45PM-6:15PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:15PM- 6:45PM, Ballet Repertoire  

Thursday:

  • 4:45PM-6:00PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:00PM-6:45PM, Contemporary  

Level 2, for ages 10-11, attends four times a week. Classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, conditioning, and character.

Level 2 Classes, Main Building
Tuition: $750 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

Monday:

  • 4:45PM-6:15PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:15PM-6:45PM, Ballet Repertoire  

Tuesday:

  • 4:45PM-6:00PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:00PM-6:45PM, Character  

Wednesday:

  • 4:45PM-6:15PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:15PM- 6:45PM, Ballet Repertoire  

Thursday:

  • 4:45PM-6:00PM, Ballet Technique
  • 6:00PM-6:45PM, Character   

 

Auditions & Registration

Audition Information Here

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition; they will continue at their same level for Summer 2024 programs and must use the direct link emailed to them to register.

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

ACTIVE Parent Login.

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

  


Pre-Ballet Division: Dance Me a Story Summer

Ages: 5-7 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2024
Location:Van Ness Studios, 4200 Wisc Ave NW or at the Main Building studios, 3515 Wisc Ave NW

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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 1 Red (Ages 5-6)
Tuition: $150 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Tuesday: 4:15PM-5:00PM, Van Ness Studios

Pre-Ballet 1 Blue (Ages 5-6)
Tuition: $112.50 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Thursday: 4:15PM-5:00PM, Van Ness Studios, no class 7/4

Pre-Ballet 2 attends twice a week – 60 minute class.

Pre-Ballet 2 Red (Ages 6-7)
Tuition: $296 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Monday: 4:15PM-5:15PM, Van Ness Studios
  • Wednesday: 4:15PM-5:15PM, Van Ness Studios

Pre-Ballet 2 Blue (Ages 6-7)
Tuition: $296 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Monday: 5:15PM-6:15PM, Van Ness Studios
  • Wednesday: 5:15PM-6:15PM, Van Ness Studios

Pre-Ballet 3 attends twice a week – 60 minute class.

Pre-Ballet 3 Red (Ages 7-8)
Tuition: $296 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Monday: 4:15PM-5:15PM, Van Ness Studios
  • Wednesday: 4:15PM-5:15PM, Van Ness Studios

Pre-Ballet 3 Blue (Ages 7-8)
Tuition: $259 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Tuesday: 5:00PM-6:00PM, Van Ness Studios
  • Thursday: 5:00PM-6:00PM, Van Ness Studios, no class 7/4

Registration

Current students register Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students register Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 1 (ages 5-6)

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 6-7)

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 3 (ages 7-8)

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year will continue at their same level for Summer 2024 programs. 

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

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

  


Creative Dance Summer Program

Ages: 3-5 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2024
Location: Van Ness Studios, 4200 Wisc Ave NW

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Creative Dance 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. 

Creative Dance A
Tuition:
$150 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Tuesday: 4:15PM-5:00PM

Creative Dance B
Tuition:
$112.50 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

  • Thursday: 4:15PM-5:00PM, no class 7/4

Registration

Current students register Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students register Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Register for Summer Creative Dance (ages 3-5)

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year will enroll for classes at their current level. 

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

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

  


Questions?
TWSB Summer Intensive email summer@washingtonballet.org.
Lower Division, Pre Ballet, and Creative Dance programs, email school@washingtonballet.org.

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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. Audition Requirements

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 3-7 may be registered for classes without an audition.
  • 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.

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, they may wear form-fitting clothing for the audition. It is important that our faculty be able to evaluate physical proportions. Please remove all jewelry and be certain that the student’s hair is pulled away from their face and secured, preferably in a bun for girls.

Questions? For TWSB Summer Intensive, email summer@washingtonballet.org. For Lower Division, Pre Ballet, and Creative Dance programs, email school@washingtonballet.org.


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2024 Audition Tour for TWSB Summer Intensive & Repertory Experience

(ages 12+ as of June 1, 2024)

Advanced registration is required. 
Saturday, January 6, 2024 – Seattle, WA at Pacific Northwest Ballet
Check-in 3:30PM, Audition 4:00PM-5:30PM – Register Here

 

Sunday, January 7, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA at Philadelphia Ballet
Check-in 9:30AM, Audition 10:00AM-12:00PM – Register Here

 

Sunday, January 7, 2024 – Boca Raton, FL at The Harid Conservatory
Check-in 4:00PM, Audition 4:30PM-6:30PM – Register Here

 

Sunday, January 14, 2024 – Houston, TX at Ballet Center of Houston
Check-in 1:00PM, Audition 1:30PM-3:30PM – Register Here

 

Sunday, January 14, 2024 – Chicago, IL at Ballet Chicago
Check-in 1:00PM, Audition 1:30PM-3:30PM – Register Here

 

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Ballet
Check-in 1:00PM, Audition 1:30PM-3:30PM – Register Here

 

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – Boston, MA at Boston Ballet
Check-in 1:00PM, Audition 1:30PM-3:30PM – Register Here

 

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – Washington, DC at Washington Ballet
Check-in for ages 12-14 at 2:30PM, Audition for ages 12-14 at 3:00PM-4:30PM – Register Here
Check-in for ages 15-22 at 4:00PM, Audition ages 14-22 at 4:30PM-6:00PM – Register Here

 

Sunday, January 21, 2024 – San Francisco, CA at San Francisco Ballet
Check-in 3:30PM, Audition 4:00PM-6:00PM – Register Here

 

Saturday, January 27, 2024 – New York, NY at The School of American Ballet
Check-in 5:00PM, Audition 5:30PM-7:30PM – Register Here

 

NEW! – Sunday, March 10, 2024 – Washington, DC at Washington Ballet
Check-in for ages 12-22 at 3:00PM, Audition for ages 12-22 at 3:30PM-5:00PM – Register Here

 

TWSB will also participate in open auditions at the 34th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance Jan 23-28. Conference information here.

Register Here for All Tour Dates

Questions about auditions for TWSB Summer Intensive? Email summer@washingtonballet.org


Lower Division Summer Program 2024 Auditions

(ages 8-12 as of September 1, 2023)

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

Saturday, January 20, 2024 – pre-registration required, check-in begins 30 minutes prior to your audition. 
Check-in for ages 8-9 at 3:30PM, Auditions for ages 8-9 at 4:00PM-5:00PM – Register Here

Check-in for ages 10-12 at 2:30PM, Auditions for ages 10-12 at 3:00PM-4:00PM – Register Here

*NEW!* Sunday, March 10, 2024 – pre-registration required, check-in begins 30 minutes prior to your audition. 
Check-in for ages 8-9 at 2:00PM, Auditions for ages 8-9 at 2:30PM-3:30PM – Register Here

Check-in for ages 10-12 at 12:30PM, Auditions for ages 10-12 at 1:00PM-2:15PMCANCELLED!

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  • 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 2023 or completed 6 months to 1 full year of pointe work.

Register Here for Auditions

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


NW Campus Video Auditions

Video auditions will be reviewed for Summer Intensive programs Jan 8 – June 1, 2024.

You may submit a video audition for the TWSB NW Campus Summer Intensive. Please follow these steps:

  • Register for Video Auditions ($40) on the online registration portal.
  • Check your email for a link to complete “Supplemental Forms”.
  • Follow the link and prompts to complete your “Supplemental Forms” and you will be prompted to enter a video audition link.
  • Add a video link from Vimeo or YouTube. Please make sure the video settings are set to public, or that you provide a valid password to view the video.

TWSB Summer Intensive (ages 12+) 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: pliés, 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.

See more information for International Students

TWSB Summer Intensive (ages 12+) Video Audition Submission

Lower Division (ages 8-12) Video Audition Guidelines

Your recorded audition should be NO LONGER THAN 10 minutes and please include either the following exercises for barre and center or exercises you are currently doing in your weekly class:

Ages 8-10

  • Introduction: name, age, years, and place of study.
  • Only one side of combinations at the barre and include: pliés, tendu, grand battement.
  • In center: tendu, sauté in 1st position, changement, échappe, port de bras.

Ages 10-12

  • Introduction: name, age, years, and place of study.
  • Only one side of combinations at the barre and include: plié tendu, dégagé, ronds de jambe, passé relevé facing the barre.
  • In center: tendu, adagio with developé or relevé lent, glissade, sauté 1st position, changement.
  • If students have begun pointe, please include the following en pointe: At the barre – relevé in 1st and 5th positions, échappé, pas de bourrée, relevé passé.

TWSB Lower Division Summer Intensive (ages 8-12) Video Audition Submission

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SE Summer Programs

SE Campus Summer Programs

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

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The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) SE Campus Summer Intensive gives over 125 students from around the world the opportunity to study for four to five weeks with our acclaimed faculty. 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 young dancers to grow and expand to their full potential.

With best-in-class ballet masters and instructors, and a curriculum 79 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.


SUMMER 2024 – SE Campus

Summer Intensive for Levels 3-6

Ages: 11-18 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates:
June 24-July 26, 2024
Classes: Mon-Fri 9:00-3:00 (NO CLASS July 4)

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Tuition: $2,750 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

Our five-week Summer Intensive program for levels 3-5 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. All students will participate in our final summer performance at the end of the program. 

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet by attending an in-person audition.

Audition Information Here

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive and must use the direct link emailed to them to register. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive. After June 15, contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to register. 

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

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


Summer Intensive for Teens

Ages: 11-18 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates:
June 24-July 19, 2024
Classes: Mon/Tue/Thu 5:00-7:30 (NO CLASS July 4)

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Tuition: $660 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

Our Summer Intensive for Teens 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.

Classes meet 3 times per week and class sizes are limited to allow faculty to devote attention to each student. Classes may include classical ballet technique, jazz, modern, conditioning, and more! Our Lower Division Summer Intensive will culminate in our Summer Showcase at the end of the program.

This program is for all levels and does not require an audition.

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Register for Summer Intensive for Teens (ages 11-18)

Payment Plans and Refund Policy

Current TWSB parents, please check your email for registration. After June 15, contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to register. 

Parent Resources Page.

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


Lower Division: Young Dancers Summer Program

for Levels 1-2
Ages: 8-11 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates:
June 24-July 19, 2024

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Level 1A Classes: Mon/Wed 4:45-6:00
Level 1A Tuition: $250

Level 1B Classes: Mon/Wed 6:00-7:30
Level 1B Tuition: $420

Level 2 Classes: Mon 4:30-7:30 & Tue/Wed/Thu 4:30-7:00 (NO CLASS July 4)
Level 2 Tuition: $987.50 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

The Young Dancer Summer Program is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. The four-week program 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 needs of young dancers. All classes are taught by TWSB’s outstanding faculty, class sizes are limited.   

Summer Intensive includes Level 1A and 1B (2 times per week) and Level 2 (4 times per week). Classes may include classical ballet technique, jazz, conditioning, and more! Our Lower Division Summer Intensive will culminate in our Summer Showcase at the end of the program.

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet by attending an in-person audition.

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Audition Information Here.

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer classes. After June 15, contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to register. 

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


Pre-Ballet Summer Programs

Ages: 5-7 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates:
June 24-July 19, 2024
Pre-Ballet 1 Classes: Tue/Thu 4:00-5:00 (NO CLASS July 4)
Pre-Ballet 2 Classes: Tue/Thu 5:00-6:00 (NO CLASS July 4)
Pre-Ballet 3 Classes: Tue/Thu 6:00-7:00 (NO CLASS July 4)

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Tuition: $252 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

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.

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.

Pre Ballet 1, Pre Ballet 2, and Pre Ballet 3 attend two times a week. The Pre-Ballet Division Summer Intensive will culminate in our Summer Showcase at the end of the program.

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 1 (ages 5-6)

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 6-7)

Register for Summer Pre-Ballet 3 (ages 7-8)

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer classes. After June 15, contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to register. 

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


Creative Dance Summer Program

Ages: 3-5 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Dates:
June 24-July 19, 2024
Creative Dance A: Mon/Wed 4:00-4:45
Creative Dance B: Tue/Thu 4:00-4:45 (NO CLASS July 4, students will attend on Wed, July 3 4:00-4:45)

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Tuition: $252 (Register by Mar 1 to receive 5% discount)

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 and will culminate in our Summer Showcase at the end of the program.

Registration: Current students Jan 8 – Jun 15. New students Jan 13 – Jun 15. Register by Mar 1 to receive a 5% discount on tuition!

Register for Summer Creative Dance (ages 3-5)

Payment Plans and Refund Policy.

Parent Resources Page.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the summer intensive. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer classes. After June 15, contact kdeshields@washingtonballet.org to register. 

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

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SE Summer Auditions

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

  • Children age 3-7 may be registered without an audition.
  • 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.

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, they may wear form-fitting clothing for the audition. It is important that our faculty be able to evaluate physical proportions. Please remove all jewelry and be certain that the student’s hair is pulled away from their face and secured, preferably in a bun for girls.


2024 Auditions for TWSB Summer Programs at THEARC

Children Ages 3-7 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Children ages 3-7 do not require placement for Summer Programs. Register here.

In-Class Auditions for ages 8-18 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Request to schedule an in-class audition January 8 – May 18, 2024. Once an online registration is received, staff will review the submitted registration form and reach out via email to schedule an in-class audition with an appropriate level. In-class auditions are not available after May 18.

TWSB SE Summer Program In-Class Audition Submission (ages 8-18)

Saturday, June 1 at THEARC for ages 8-18 (ages as of September 1, 2023)
Registration 10:30AM, Audition 11:00AM-12:00PM

[Registration opens on Apr 1, 2024]

Children ages 12+ without ballet experience may register for our Teen Program. Register here.

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