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The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series

The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school students the unique opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally recognized ballet companies performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, students will be given opportunities for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a performance career through attending optional open rehearsals, the option to take additional contemporary dance master classes for a discounted rate and meeting and receiving priority and discounted registration for a NEW audition workshop that will happen in winter 2019. More details about the winter audition workshop will be given at the Ballet Class Series audition.

Admission to the series is by audition only, chosen by a diverse panel of ballet professionals. Dancers entering grades 9-12 who have taken at least 4 years of ballet are welcome to apply. All those who audition will be invited to attend the first Open Rehearsal of the season! Students accepted who chose to take part in the program are expected to commit to the required schedule. Please coordinate and communicate with your regular instructors and studios to make sure that, if accepted, you are able to attend. Auditions will be held at the Kennedy Center on September 14, 2019. Please see the Application Information page for details.

Participants in the Ballet Class Series have danced with premiere companies locally and around the world, including The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet II, and others.

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"I went in thinking that I would learn new information and as soon as I took the first class, I realized that I would learn way more than I thought that I would."

Ballet Class Series student