The Washington Ballet

Organizational Member
Member since June 24, 2015

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The Washington Ballet (TWB) was originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976. The Washington Ballet is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, as well as neoclassical masterworks and fresh staging of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Julie Kent and Interim Executive Director Shakira Segundo, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs and growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet at multiple locations in Northwest DC; in Southeast DC at Townhall Education Arts & Recreation – TWB@THEARC and in Alexandria, VA at the Athenaeum.