The Washington Ballet School was founded in 1944 by Mary Day, a Washington native who sought to establish her hometown as an elite training ground for talented young dancers. Further inspired by later travels to the Soviet Union, Miss Day expanded her organization in the 1960s to offer training in both dance and academics, modeling it after the famed Russian Academy of Ballet. Out of this unique training center emerged the company now known as the Washington Ballet.
Although the academic department of the Washington Ballet School closed only a year after the company began in 1976, the dance-training program continues today and, not surprisingly, education and training still remain a vital part of this organization’s mission. In addition to the Dance D.C. program, each November the company also performs an abridged version of the Nutcracker at Arts Day at THEARC, a free community arts festival held at the Town Hall Education, Arts, and Recreation Campus in Anacostia.
Washington Ballet Information
- Other Venues: Warner Theatre, 13th and E Streets NW; Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW
- Public Transportation: Yes (all venues)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (all venues)
- Performances/Programs: Four programs each year, plus the annual Nutcracker. Each program runs for one week with about six performances. The Nutcracker runs for two and a half weeks in December
- Ticket Prices: Range from $20 to $120. Student and senior discounts are available at some venues
- Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more receive discounts of up to 20%
- Subscriptions: A Four-Series subscription and Family series packages are available. All sales are final. Benefits include 10% off Nutcracker ticket purchases, as well as invitations to in-studio performances and special events
- Membership: Begins at $75 and includes advance notice of purchasing options and special prices on TWB special events
- Special Membership for Young Adults: The Jeté Society is a group for young professionals 21 to 45. Membership starts at $50 and includes invitations to social events and discounts on single ticket prices
- Educational/Community Outreach: The Washington Ballet offers extensive and innovative community arts programs including Dance D.C., a program integrating movement with the language-arts curriculum in local public schools.