Julie Kent, The Washington Ballet's Artistic Director, received the 2018 Dance Teacher Award of Distinction from Dance Teacher magazine on August 4. Kent undertook the leadership role of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in 2016 with the goal of “providing the next generation of dancers with opportunities and experiences that will help them develop a successful dance career.” Under her artistic guidance, TWB “has further elevated standards and provides the highest level of training for students, including Professional Training Programsto fully integrate the company and school.” Her long-term vision is to elevate the prominence of the TWB as world-class ballet company in the Nation's capital by concurrently expanding the size of the company while broadening its repertoire. She has introduced into the company’s repertoire seminal works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky while embracing the work of emerging choreographers. Her commitment to the development of both the dancer and the art form is fulfilled through presentation of beloved classic 19th-century ballets and landmark 20th-century works while reaffirming a commitment to commissioned works that will contribute to the evolution of ballet and its relevance in our times.
The Washington Ballet, led by Artistic Director Julie Kent, has invited celebrated artists from the dance world to share the Eisenhower Theater stage for performances September 26-30. The program will include works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michel Fokine and others.
Ballet & More On-Screen at select AMC Theatres at Mazza Gallerie
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.