The Washington Ballet’s community engagement programs are housed at the Townhall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in SE Washington, DC. The programs include The Washington School of Ballet’s Southeast Campus, the DanceDC program, and the EXCEL! Scholarship. These programs have served over 70,000 children and thousands of adults since their inception in 1999.
The Washington School of Ballet’s SE campus provides programming for youth and adults. Programs include pre-registration and drop-in options throughout the calendar year.
TWB@THEARC provides intensive and community oriented ballet training for youth, ages 4 – 18, with programs that run throughout the calendar year with classes in the evenings and on weekends.
The intensive track follows The Washington School of Ballet’s curriculum providing students who have professional dance aspirations the opportunity to train more rigorously within a very disciplined and structured environment.
The community track is designed for students with an interest in dance who may not aspire to be professional dancers but who want the highest level of training. The program follows the same syllabus as the intensive track but moves at a different pace since the dancers attend less frequently.
Students are offered enrollment in the intensive track or the community track at the discretion of the director and faculty based on auditions held during enrollment periods.
Throughout the 2015.2016 season, students received several special invitations. TWB@THEARC hosts an audition-only dance troupe of students at the Southeast DC Campus. This year the troupe received two special performance invitations. The first, a performance at The White House and the second, a performance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in excerpts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. We are honored that our students are receiving community-wide recognition for their commitment to dance.
In order to open programming to adults in the community we offer discounts to Ward 7 and 8 residents. Classes provided include adult African, yoga, ballet and Zumba.
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Inaugurated in the summer of 2005, Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) hosts The Washington School of Ballet’s Southeast Campus as well as two flagship community engagement programs, DanceDC and the EXCEL! Scholarship. THEARC is also home to ten other partner organizations, including The Levine School of Music, Corcoran ArtReach, Washington Middle School for Girls, Trinity University, Children’s Health Project DC, Boys and Girls Club FBR Branch, Parklands Community Center, LIFT-DC and Covenant House, making it a widely-used community asset.
Community Engagement Programs
Contact Sonitra MacRall, SE Campus School Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.274.4530.