NW Summer Intensives

NW Summer Intensives

At 3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 200016

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. 

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 28, will be held in-person. Program capacity is limited and on a first come-first serve basis. Students ages 12 and over MUST BE VACCINATED to audition and participate in NW Summer Intensive 2022. Space availability may be adjusted as CDC and government guidelines are updated.

SUMMER 2022

Pre-Professional Summer Intensive (ages 12+)
Dates: June 27– July 29, 2022
Class Times: 9:30AM-4:00PM (approximately)

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More information on housing options coming soon!

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. All students will continue at their current level for the Summer Intensive.

For more information please contact Donna Glover, Summer Program Coordinator. 


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

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.

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
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 9:30a-4:00p.


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.


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 2 and Pre Ballet 3 attend two times a week. Pre Ballet 1 meets one time per week.

No audition required. Registration will open in February 2022.

Please contact Alex Schools, Lower Division and Pre Ballet School Manager with any questions.


Creative Dance Summer Program: Ages 3-4
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.  Registration will open in February 2022.

Please contact Alex Schools, Lower Division and Pre Ballet School Manager 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 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. 

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:

SE 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

SE 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

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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

Saturday, June 5, 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

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.
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Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2022 Audition Tour

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. We encourage students to register early. All audition times are listed in the time zone of the audition location.

January 14, 2022 | Houston, TX
Ballet Center of Houston
6:15pm Check in; Audition 6:30pm-8:00pm for 12+ years old
Register

January 15, 2022 | Boston, MA
Boston Ballet
10:00am Check in; Audition 10:30am-12:15pm for 12+ years old
Register

January 23, 2022 | New York, NY
Ballet Academy East
12:30pm Check in; Audition 1:00pm-2:30pm for 13-15 years old
3:00pm Check in; Audition 3:30pm-5:15pm for 16+ years old
Register

January 23,2022 | Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Ballet
9:30am Check in; Audition 10:00am-11:30am for 12+ years old
Register

January 29, 2022 | Washington, DC
The Washington Ballet
3:00pm Check in; Audition 3:30pm-5:00pm for 13-15 years old
4:45pm Check in; Audition 5:15pm-6:45pm for 16+ years old
Register

Saturday, February 19 | Washington, DC

The Washington Ballet
3:00pm Check in; Audition 3:30pm-5:00pm for 13-15 years old
4:45pm Check in; Audition 5:15pm-6:45pm for 16+ years old
Register

Saturday, March 19 | Washington, DC
3:00pm Check in; Audition 3:30pm-5:00pm for 13-15 years old4:45pm Check in; Audition 5:15pm-6:45pm for 16+ years old
Register

Lower Division Summer Intensive 2022 Auditions

AUDITION REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

January 29, 2022 | Washington, DC
The Washington Ballet
2:30pm Check in; Audition 3:00pm-4:00pm for 8-9 years old
3:30pm Check in; Audition 4:15pm-5:30pm for 10-12 years old

March 19, 2022 | Washington, DC
The Washington Ballet
2:30pm Check in; Audition 3:00pm-4:00pm for 8-9 years old
3:30pm Check in; Audition 4:15pm-5:30pm for 10-12 years old

Students must be registered in advance to audition for Summer 2022 Programs.  


SE Auditions

SE Audition information coming soon!

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.

TWSB’s Summer Intensive Audition Tour is sponsored by

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