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Washington Ballet students perform at the White House
On September 7, 2010, six students from The Washington School of Ballet’s SE campus along with director Katrina Toews attended the first White House Dance Series. The inaugural series celebrated arts education and Judith Jamison’s retirement from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Washington School of Ballet was the only dance school in the metropolitan area picked to represent the tri-state area. The day included workshops for over 80 students from across the nation to try-out a variety of dance styles. Students learned Revelations from Ailey dancers, Serenade from New York City Ballet dancers, hip hop from Super Crew and broadway jazz from the four Billys from the Broadway hit, Billy Elliot. After the workshops were over, students were able to meet Ms. Jamison. The evening culminated with Mrs. Obama celebrating the new dance series and the performances by professional companies that included Ailey, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, Super CR3W and New York City Ballet. The evening concluded with a commemoration of Jamison’s work in the field of dance and the crowd cheered on with a standing ovation.