NW Summer Programs

NW Summer Programs

At 3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

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:

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. The Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2022, June 27- July 29, will be held in-person. Program capacity is limited and on a first come-first serve basis. Students ages 5 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in 2022 NW Summer Programs. Space availability may be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.


SUMMER 2022

Pre-Professional Summer Intensive (ages 12+) $3,100
Dates: June 27– July 29, 2022
Class Times: M-Th 9:00AM-5:00PM, F 9:00AM-3:30PM

To request an audition, email kwindom@washingtonballet.org

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.

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.

Level placement is 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 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 2022-2023 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 for the summer intensive. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. Registration will be available in early 2022. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

Read our summer intensive feature in Pointe Magazine!

SUMMER INTENSIVE HOUSING (ages 13+) $3,075

Chaperoned housing for the 5 week Summer Intensive 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!

For more information please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Donna Glover, Summer Intensive Manager, at dglover@washingtonballet.org.

Frequently Asked Questions


Lower Division Summer Program (ages 8-12) 
Dates: June 27-July 22, 2022

To request an audition, email pbjerknes@washingtonballet.org

The Lower Division Summer Program 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.

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

Level 3 Summer Intensive: Ages 11-12 Tuition: $2150
The Level 3 Summer Intensive is a challenging and enriching four-week, full day program for students wishing to expand their dance vocabulary and strengthen technique. All classes are taught by TWSB’s esteemed faculty.  At this important time in a young student’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.

Level 3 Intensive meets Monday through Thursday 9:30a-4:00PM and Friday 9:30-3:00PM.


Young Dancer Summer Program: Ages 8-11
The Young Dancer Summer Intensive is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. The four-week intensive study builds on students’ technique, enriches and strengthens syllabus concepts while sustaining important muscle memory students have built on over the previous year. Class sizes are limited allowing faculty to give students instruction that will strengthen and improve their classical ballet technique.

Level 1A attends two times a week Tuition: $330 – 75 minute classes

Level 1B attends three times a week Tuition: $525 – 90 minute classes

Level 2 attends four times a week Tuition $650 – 90 minute

Level 2 classes include technique, classical ballet repertoire, enrichment, Contemporary and conditioning.


Pre-Ballet Division Summer Program: Ages 5-7
Dates: June 27-July 22, 2022


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 meets once per week: Tuition $100 – 45 minute class

Pre Ballet 2 and Pre Ballet 3 attend twice a week. Tuition: $265 – 60 minute class

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Please contact Alex Schools, Lower Division and Pre Ballet School Manager, at aschools@washingtonballet.org with any questions.


Creative Dance Summer Program: Ages 3-4
Dates: June 27-July 22, 2022


This program 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 the Pre-Ballet Division.

No audition required. Class meets once a week for 45 minutes

Tuition: $100

Register Now

Please contact Alex Schools, Lower Division and Pre Ballet School Manager, at aschools@washingtonballet.org with questions.

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SE Summer Intensives

SE Summer Intensives

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 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

We remain dedicated to providing the best training possible given the current extraordinary circumstances. Students ages 12 and above MUST BE VACCINATED to participate in SE Summer Intensive 2022. Vaccination is strongly recommended for student participation ages 5 through 11. Space availability may be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.


Upper Division Summer Intensive (ages 12-18)
Dates: June 27-July 29, 2022

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 to include Artistic Director Julie Kent, 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, men’s technique, repertory, jazz, modern, and body conditioning. Classes meet Monday through Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm. 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 attending an in-person placement class audition. Students attending our summer program who are also interested in enrolling in the 2022-2023 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 for the summer intensive. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. Registration will be available in early 2022. 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 & Lower Division Summer Intensive (ages 5-12)
Dates: June 27-July 22, 2022

The Pre-Ballet & Lower Division Summer Program 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.

Students currently enrolled in TWSB’s school year DO NOT need to audition for the Lower Division summer intensive. Current TWSB parents, please check your Parent Portal for registration. Registration will be available in early 2022. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.


Level 3 Summer Intensive: Ages 11-12
The Level 3 Summer Intensive is a challenging and enriching four-week program for students wishing to expand their dance vocabulary and strengthen technique. All classes are taught by TWSB’s esteemed faculty.  At this important time in a young student’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.  Level 3 Intensive meets Monday through Friday 9:00a-3:00p.

Placement Class required.


Young Dancer Summer Intensive Ages 8-11

The Young Dancer Summer Intensive is specially designed with the young dancer in mind. The four-week intensive study builds on students’ technique, enriches and strengthens syllabus concepts while sustaining important muscle memory students have built on over the previous year. Class sizes are limited allowing faculty to give students instruction that will strengthen and improve their classical ballet technique. Levels 1A, 1B and Level 2 classes meet 3 times a week. Weekly classes include classical ballet technique, jazz, and conditioning.

Placement Class required.


Pre Ballet Division Summer Intensive: Ages 5-7
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.

Placement Class required.

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


Creative Dance Summer Program: Ages 3-4
Dates: June 27-July 22, 2022

 

This program 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 the Pre-Ballet Division.

No placement class required.  Registration will open in February 2022.

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

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Summer Auditions

NW Auditions

Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive by attending an in-person audition or submitting a video audition. Students attending the summer intensive who are also interested in enrolling in the 2022-2023 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 and walk-up registration will not be accepted. Students should register for auditions based on their age at the time of the audition.


Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2022 Auditions

To request an audition, email kwindom@washingtonballet.org

Students 12 and over MUST BE VACCINATED to audition and participate in NW Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2022. Students will be required to show proof of full vaccination on-site at the audition. Capacity for auditions is limited and is in accordance with CDC and host venue guidelines and protocols.

Lower Division Summer Program 2022 Auditions

To request an audition, email pbjerknes@washingtonballet.org

All students ages 5-12 who wish to attend the Pre-Ballet or Lower Division Summer Program must be fully vaccinated. Students are required to show proof of vaccination at the audition.  Capacity for auditions is limited and is in accordance with CDC and host venue guidelines and protocols.


SE Auditions

IN-PERSON PLACEMENT CLASS AUDITIONS

Register to Audition

Upper Division (ages 12+)

Please contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager to schedule a placement class.

Pre-Ballet & Lower Division Placement Class (ages 4-12)

Sunday, May 22, 2022
Ages 4-5  Register 1pm, class 1:30-2:00pm
Ages 5-6 Register 1:45pm, class 2:15-2:45pm
Ages 8-9 Register 2:30pm, class 3:00-3:30pm
Ages 10-11 Register 3:15pm, class 3:45-4:30pm
Age 12 no experience register Teen A
Age 12 with prior experience, contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager, for in-class audition

Saturday, June 25, 2022
Ages 4-5  Register 9:30am, class 10:00-10:30am
Ages 5-6 Register 10:15am, class 10:45-11:15am
Ages 8-9 Register 11:00am, class 11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 10-11 Register 12:00pm, class 12:30-1:15pm
Age 12 no experience register Teen A
Age 12 with prior experience, contact Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager, for in-class audition

Open Enrollment for Creative Dance

Dates: June 27 – July 25, 2022

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


Video Auditions

Audition by Video

You may submit a video audition for the Pre-Professional Summer Intensive at the NW location 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.

Please contact Donna Glover, Summer Intensive Manager with any questions at dglover@washingtonballet.org

 

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Uniforms

Uniforms for the summer programs can be found in the document below.

NW Campus Uniform

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