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An American in Paris

Dec 19 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

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Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 1:30 PM

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.

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American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2018

ABT's starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. Another is Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, who keeps our audiences in a state of awe. The company performs a stunning lineup of works, including the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky's full-length story ballet Whipped Cream. 

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Ballet 360°: American Ballet Theatre & the Ballets of Alexei Ratmansky

Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, delve into Serenade after Plato's Symposium, Whipped Cream, and other ballets by Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's Artist in Residence.

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The Washington Ballet presents John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet

Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018

The Washington Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House to celebrate love and fate in an evening of unbridled passion set to Prokofiev’s dynamic score.

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:30 PM

The former NYCB principal dancer curates and hosts an evening of recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music.

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Master Class: New York City Ballet

Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from New York City Ballet.

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New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck / Robbins Centennial Program

Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2018

New York City Ballet returns with two sensational repertory programs for its annual appearance, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. It also presents three works by NYCB's George Balanchine and Peter Martins's Zakouski, while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of a brand new piece.

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Creative Movement with New York City Ballet

Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 10:30 AM

Experience New York City Ballet in a brand new way in this 75-minute movement workshops for adults with little or no dance training. NYCB dancers lead participants through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by repertory in the current season. Workshops also include a brief Q&A with the artists. 

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Ballet 360°: Robbins, Bernstein, and New York City Ballet

Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, enjoy a discussion on Jerome Robbins's ballets set to Leonard Bernstein's music, including Fancy Free and West Side Story, two of their legendary collaborations.

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The Washington Ballet presents Mixed Masters

Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2018

The Washington Ballet closes its Kennedy Center season with a program of ballets from three renowned master choreographers—George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, and Jerome Robbins.

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Don Quixote / Giselle (part of Artes de Cuba)

May 29 - Jun 3, 2018

Known as the highest expression of the Cuban school of ballet, the company brings two full-evening signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso.


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