The Washington Ballet

The Washington Ballet at THEARC works to enliven the beauty and discipline of dance in Southeast Washington, DC. Inaugurated in summer 2005, TWB at THEARC houses the Southeast Campus of The Washington School of Ballet and two unique community engagement programs, DanceDC and EXCEL! The space is equipped with two dance studios with a piano for live accompaniment, locker rooms, offices and use of the state-of-the-art THEARC Theater. TWB at THEARC offers a pre-professional ballet program for children ages four through 18 as well as the adult program with classes in Modern, Stretch, Zumba, Ballet and African dance. Students enrolled in the program receive additional opportunities such as performing in The Washington Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. TWB at THEARC also hosts a Summer Dance intensive, which allows children to foster their love for ballet while participating in programs with THEARC partners.


The Washington Ballet @ THEARC will offer various adult classes year.  All drop-in classes cost $12. Residents who live in the 20020 or 20032 zip codes only pay $6! (Valid ID Required) Please call 202-889-8150 in order to receive information about dance class cards.

SE SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM: 2016 summer dance program

June 27-July 23, 2016

summer dance intensive

Monday – Friday, 8AM to 3PM

The Washington Ballet @ THEARC offers various dance classes for youth ages 4-18.  All youth ages 4+ will need to take part in an audition.  There is a $30-$40 audition fee that will be due at the time of the audition. Tuition is based on a sliding scale off of household income and family size.

Vinyasa Yoga is a practice where postures or asanas are connected through the breath for a transformative and balanccing effect. it builds heat, endurance, flexibility and strength!

The students of The Washington Ballet at THEARC will perform the story ballet, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, based on the classic nursery rhyme.  

Audiences will be charmed as Mary struggles to enjoy her beautiful flower garden while “the weeds...

Taught by Sylvia Soumah, founder of Coyaba Dance Theater and teacher at The Washington Ballet (SE Campus), Adult African Dance classes provide a friendly environment to learn West African dance. Come feel the beat!

It's time to try something new! Come experience Kundalini Yoga, a science that works on your engery system using various hand and fingeer positions (mudras) body postures (asanas), and chants (mantras).

The Washington Ballet @ THEARC seeks an art teacher for their summer programs in 2015. The summer programs highlighted at The Washington Ballet @ THEARC celebrate dance from many different cultures including ballet. TWB also work with the partners in the building to offer its students exposure to art, music, health classes and working in THEARC garden. Students who are exposed to art enjoy working in any medium that the artist is interested in. The Washington Ballet will pay for supplies as well as pays $50 per hour. The camp runs for 4 weeks from June 22 – July 18.

Auditions for students aged 4 and up will be held the weeks of February 2, March 2, April 6, April 27 and May 4. If spaces are still available after these auditions, we will hold additional auditions the week of June 2. Parents must call to schedule auditions since they will occur during our regularly scheduled classes. A non-refundable audition fee is due at the time of audition. Fee schedule listed below: 

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BBC News article detailing the impact of  Misty Copeland on the ballet world as she becomes the first African American woman to star as the lead in a major production of Swan Lake. Students of the Washington Ballet at THEARC speak of her influence on their lives.



The Washington Ballet (TWB) is excited to announce a new partnership with modern dance troupe, Company E which who will provide professionally oriented dance classes starting in March. 

THEARC Partners

Contact Information

The Washington Ballet at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-889-8150

Katrina Toews