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The Washington Ballet presents Russian Masters

Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2017

The Washington Ballet opens its 2017-2018 Kennedy Center season with Russian Masters, an evening of works that clearly reveal where classical ballet began and how these choreographers have shaped and influenced our art form over the last 175 years.

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Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes

Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2017

Winner of two 2017 Olivier Awards including Best Theater Choreographer! The beloved fairy tale has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession, and one young woman's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

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Master Class: Mariinsky Ballet

Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 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 Mariinsky Ballet.

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Open Rehearsal: Mariinsky Ballet

Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 12:30 PM

Join dance scholars for an insider's look at Mariinsky Ballet 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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Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2017

Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century.

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Jerome Robbins--American Dance Genius

Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017

A stellar cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins's centennial in a lecture demonstration-style performance hosted by Damian Woetzel.

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Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017

From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!

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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2017

This season we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company, led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.

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Ballet 360°: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell

Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 4:00 PM

Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, explore the deep connection  between legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

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An American in Paris

Dec 12 - 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, Scarlett & 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. 


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

This special DEMO event will present recently commissioned works and D.C. premieres by creative voices of today, including Alexei Ratmansky's critically acclaimed Fandango, set to the music of Luigi Boccherini.

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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.


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

May 29 - Jun 3, 2018

The dancers of Ballet Nacional de Cuba are known around the world for their exuberant flair--and their uniquely Cuban, athletic training based in the Russian style infuses classics from the ballet repertoire with a special passion all their own. The company made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center forty years ago, and Ballet Nacional de Cuba now returns for the first time since 2011 with two signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso that bridge the gap between refined taste and pure entertainment.