NW Summer Intensives

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.

COVID-19 Update

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with great consideration for our students and staff, The Washington School of Ballet has made the decision to hold all summer programs in a virtual format only. Classes are interactive with faculty observing each student. Our creative team is working on ways to modify variations and choreography for various spaces. And, we will have surprise guest artists along with our own master teachers.

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 summer programs who are also interested in enrolling in the 2020-2021 school year will be evaluated during summer classes. They do not need to attend a separate audition.

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Upper, Pre-Professional, Trainee Divisions (Levels 4 through 9)

Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020
Class Times: 9:30AM-4:00PM (approximately)
Tuition: $1,500

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. Weekly mentoring classes offer individualized instruction in small groups. There are optional classes for the afternoons to allow students to adjust their schedules when necessary. Classes are interactive with faculty observing each student.

As a part of the Summer Intensive, students will have the opportunity to learn repertoire that will be adapted for limited spaces and for outdoors. We look forward to sharing both student and repertoire works in the last week.

Levels are not determined at the time of audition; all attending 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 audition only. We will hold an audition virtually for students ages 8-12 on Saturday, May 30. Learn more and register here.

We are also still accepting video auditions. Learn more and submit a video audition:

Audition by Video

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

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Lower Division (Levels 1A, 1B, 2, and 3)

Ages: 8-12
Dates: June 22 – July 17, 2020

Tuition:
Level 1: $420
Level 2: $630
Level 3: $1,100

Placement Classes held Saturday, May 30, 2020. Learn more and register here.

The Lower Division Summer is a program 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.

Level 1A Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:15-5:00PM: Conditioning
5:15-6:30PM: Technique

Level 1B Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:15-5:00PM: Conditioning
5:15-6:30PM: Technique

Level 2 Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
3:30-4:00PM: Conditioning
4:00-5:15PM: Technique
5:30-6:15PM: Enrichment class (Character, Jazz)

Friday
3:30-4:00PM: Conditioning
4:00-5:15PM: Technique

The Level 3 program is designed for young students ages 11-12 who have pointe experience. Weekly mentoring classes offer individualized instruction in small groups to give dancers a better understanding and use of classical ballet technique.

Level 3 Schedule
Monday-Friday
9:30-10:00AM: Body Conditioning
10:15-11:45AM: Classical Technique
12:00-12:30PM: Pointe
12:30-1:30PM: Lunch Break
1:30-2:30PM: Jazz/Character/Contemporary

For consideration, please attend the Lower Division Placement class on Saturday, May 30. Learn more and register here.

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Pre-Ballet Division (Levels Pre-Ballet 1-3 ) 

Ages 4-7
Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020

The five-week 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.

TWSB offers open enrollment for dancers in the Pre-Ballet Division. Register here.

Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

Pre-Ballet 1 Schedule:
Mondays/Wednesdays: 4:00-4:45PM

Pre-Ballet 2 Schedule:
Section 1: Mondays/Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45PM
Section 2: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45PM

Pre-Ballet 3 Schedule:
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4:00-5:00PM

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Creative Dance

Ages 3-4.5
Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020

This five-week 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.

TWSB offers open enrollment for Creative Dance. Register here.

Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

Creative Dance Schedule:
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 3:00-3:45PM

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

One-Week Summer Intensive: Intermediate Level, ages 13-19

(ladies must have two years of pointe)
Dates: July 27 – 31 2020
Tuition: $325

Under the supervision of Kristina Windom, Upper Division Head, the One-Week Summer Intensive focuses on classical training with an emphasis on proper execution and precision. The goal of each instructor is to introduce new pathways of learning that offer more options for the individual student. Every student learns at a different pace and has a different body; there are different ways to achieve the required outcome for a work of choreography.

Classes will include: body conditioning, ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, contemporary, and repertoire.

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For enrollment and more information, please email Kristy Windom, and in the subject line please include “One-Week Summer Intensive.”

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NW Auditions

NW Auditions

With our summer intensive now held virtually, we’ve added a virtual placement class for the Lower Division and we are still accepting video auditions for the Upper Division.

Lower Division Placement Class:

Saturday, May 30 (held virtually)

8 years old: 10:00–10:45AM
9-10 years old: 11:15AM–12:15PM
11-12 years old: 1:00–2:00PM technique, 2:00–2:30PM pointe

Register to audition here.

Upper Division:

Audition by Video

Please note that there is a $35 audition fee.

 

TWSB’s Summer Intensive Audition Tour is sponsored by

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Upper Division Video Auditions

Video Auditions

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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SE Summer Intensives

SE Summer Intensives

Photo by Kelsey Arrington

Audition by Video

COVID-19 Update

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. In response to the COVID19 pandemic, and with great consideration for our students and staff, The Washington School of Ballet has made the decision to hold all summer programs in a virtual format only. Classes are interactive with faculty observing each student. Our creative team is working on ways to modify variations and choreography for various spaces. And, we will have surprise guest artists along with our own master teachers.

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.

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Upper, Pre-Professional, Trainee Divisions (Levels 4 through 9)

Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020
Class Times: 9:30am-4:00pm (approximately)

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. Weekly mentoring classes offer individualized instruction in small groups. There are optional classes for the afternoons to allow students to adjust their schedules when necessary. Classes are interactive with faculty observing each student.

As a part of the Summer Intensive, students will have the opportunity to learn repertoire that will be adapted for limited spaces and for outdoors. We look forward to sharing both student and repertoire works in the last week.

Levels are not determined at the time of audition; all attending 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 audition only. We will hold an audition virtually for students ages 8-12 on Saturday, May 30. Learn more and register here.

We are also still accepting video auditions. Learn more and submit a video audition:

Audition by Video

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

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Lower Division (Levels 1A, 1B, 2, and 3)

Ages: 8-12
Dates: June 22 – July 17, 2020

Placement classes held Saturday, May 30, 2020. Learn more and register here.

The Lower Division Summer is a program 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.

Level 1A Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:15-5:00PM: Conditioning
5:15-6:30PM: Technique

Level 1B Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:15-5:00PM: Conditioning
5:15-6:30PM: Technique

Level 2 Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
3:30-4:00PM: Conditioning
4:00-5:15PM: Technique
5:30-6:15PM: Enrichment class (Character, Jazz)

Friday
3:30-4:00PM: Conditioning
4:00-5:15PM: Technique

The Level 3 program is designed for young students ages 11-12 who have pointe experience. Weekly mentoring classes offer individualized instruction in small groups to give dancers a better understanding and use of classical ballet technique.

Level 3 Schedule
Monday-Friday
9:30-10:00AM: Body Conditioning
10:15-11:45AM: Classical Technique
12:00-12:30PM: Pointe
12:30-1:30PM: Lunch Break
1:30-2:30PM: Jazz/Character/Contemporary

For consideration, please attend the virtual Lower Division Placement class on Saturday, May 30. Learn more and register here.

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Pre-Ballet Division (Levels Pre-Ballet 1-3 ) 

Ages 4-7
Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020

The five-week 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.

TWSB offers open enrollment for dancers in the Pre-Ballet Division.

Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

All registrants should complete the registration packet and submit with their financial documentation for consideration for the sliding fee scale to Margaret Williamson at mwilliamson@washingtonballet.org.

Pre-Ballet 1 Schedule:
Mondays/Wednesdays: 4:00-4:45PM

Pre-Ballet 2 Schedule:
Section 1: Mondays/Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45PM
Section 2: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45PM

Pre-Ballet 3 Schedule:
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4:00-5:00PM

Offered Virtually for Summer 2020:

Creative Dance

Ages 3-4.5
Dates: June 22 – July 24, 2020

This five-week 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.

TWSB offers open enrollment for Creative Dance.

Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

All registrants should complete the registration packet and submit with their financial documentation for consideration for the sliding fee scale to Margaret Williamson at mwilliamson@washingtonballet.org.

Creative Dance Schedule:
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 3:00-3:45PM

Tuition

TWSB SE uses a sliding fee scale based on household income and family size to determine tuition.

Upper Division tuition ranges from $150–$1500
Lower Division tuition ranges from $50–$1100

The SE Summer Program tuition deadline is Monday, June 22, 2020. Payment arrangements are available.

For additional questions about TWSB’s SE Summer Intensive, please contact Monica Stephenson, Head of SE Campus.

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SE Auditions

SE Auditions

With our summer intensive now held virtually, we’ve added a virtual placement class for the Lower Division, and we are still accepting video auditions for the Upper Division.

Lower Division Placement Class:
Saturday, May 30 (held virtually)

8 years old: 10:00–10:45AM
9-10 years old: 11:15AM–12:15PM
11-12 years old: 1:00–2:00PM technique, 2:00–2:30PM pointe

Registration Link will be available by May 27. Students without prior experience are welcome!

Upper Division:

Audition by Video

For information or questions related to auditions, please contact Monica Stephenson, Head of SE Campus, mstephenson@washingtonballet.org.

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