Upper Division

The Upper Division (ages 13-18) provides training to dancers looking to improve technique and artistry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for all areas of dance including college programs and related careers. This unique program builds on the foundations of the Children’s and Pre-Academy divisions and is further enhanced with contemporary/modern (Horton) classes to develop well-rounded and sophisticated dancers. Admission by audition only.

2015-2016 Class Schedule

Session II: January 4, 2016 – May 16, 2016

Winter Performance – December 13, 2015 at 2pm

Spring Performance – May 15, 2016 at 2pm


UPPER DIVISION for ages 13-18

$2,275 Session II

Tuesday – Classical Ballet Technique, 6:00 – 7:45pm; Pointe, 7:45 – 9:00pm

Thursday – Classical Ballet Technique, 6:00 – 7:45pm; Contemporary, 7:45 – 9:00pm

Saturday – Classical Ballet Technique, 11:30am – 1:15pm; Variations, 1:15 – 2:30pm


SATURDAY BALLET for ages 13-18

$900 Session II
Classical Ballet Technique, 11:30am – 1:15pm

Variations, 1:15 – 2:30pm

Classes are subject to change or cancellation.



Classical Ballet Technique: Following the principles of the Vaganova School of Classical Ballet, students will study techniques which build strength and stamina while developing artistry. Intermediate to advanced pointe work is also studied in this class, so students should be prepared.

Pointe: More complex pointe work is studied during this class to develop the strength and speed necessary in the choreography of Variations class.

Contemporary: Incorporating techniques of classical ballet and modern dance, this class introduces students to wider ranges of movement and rhythmic patterns necessary for today’s American dancers. This training will also prepare dancers for modern and contemporary-focused college programs.

Variations: Students will learn standard variations from the great ballets of the Russian repertoire.

Saturday Ballet: Students have the opportunity to experience the classical traditions of the Vaganova-based technique on a once-per-week basis. Classes take place with Upper Division students.


Contact Information

Evening Programs Office
4301 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone (202) 636.0637 Fax (202) 636-0602