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The Washington Ballet
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 (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Julie Kent, TWB continues to embrace its three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs. The Washington Ballet's 2017-2018 season brings to the stage some of the most important masterworks of the 20th century as well as a program of three world premieres that encourage and celebrate the creative talents of emerging choreographers of our time. The mainstage season includes three performances at the Kennedy Center: Russian Masters October 4-8, 2017; Romeo & Juliet during Valentine's Week, February 14-18, 2018; and Mixed Masters April 11-15, 2018 and Three World Premieres, March 14-18, 2018 at the Harman Center. Also featured, DC's perennial favorite, The Nutcracker, which runs November 25 - December 24 at the Warner Theatre and for four performances at THEARC Theater on November 25 and 26. Group discounts are available. Our Studio Company also performs at THEARC Theater, and we offer walk-in adult classes for the DC visitor.