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Information and Schedule


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Ballet Class Series student

The focus of this program is master classes led by teachers from the major ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center each season. These classes are typically taught by company members such as ballet masters/mistresses, principal or soloist dancers, company teachers, and, occasionally, artistic directors; instructors are determined by each company. Finalists are selected to attend all classes. Alternates are guaranteed to take at least four. Open Rehearsals are open to dancers plus one guest by RSVP. Limited spots in the additional Contemporary Dance master classes are assigned through a request process with first-come-first-serve priority given for specific classes.

Program Fees:

Finalist Fee: $120
Alternate Fee: $60

Absence Policy:

Attendance at assigned ballet master classes is required. In the case of an unavoidable absence, notification must be provided 48 hours in advance to allow the space to be offered to an alternate. Absences with less notification will be considered unexcused. Two unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the series. No refunds will be given.

2019-2020 Master Class Schedule (Required):

Finalists are selected to attend all classes. Alternates are guaranteed to take at least four.

  • Mariinsky Ballet - October 9, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Atlanta Ballet - November 26, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Wendy Whelan - December 5, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • National Ballet of Canada - January 31, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • American Ballet Theatre - February 12, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • New York City Ballet - April 1, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Scottish Ballet - May 12, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Bolshoi Ballet - June 3, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.

2019-2020 Open Rehearsal Schedule (optional):

  • Mariinsky Ballet - October 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
  • Atlanta Ballet - November 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • American Ballet Theatre - February 11, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Martha Graham Dance Company - March 5, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

2019-2020 Contemporary Dance Master Classes (For additional discounted fee - limited availability):

  • New Adventures - January 20, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - February 3, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Martha Graham Dance Company - March 3, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • A.I.M. - April 30, 2020 - 7-8:30 p.m.

All master classes may be subject to change.