Washington Ballet – 2014 Concert Schedule
For years, The Washington Ballet has captivated audiences with
its stunning performances, bold choreography, and talented dancers. Whether they're performing classic works or innovative,
original works, the dancers of The Washington Ballet always capture the passion of the story they are telling through dance.
If you've never had the chance to see a ballet performance, this is your opportunity to see one of the most acclaimed ballet
companies in the United States. Under the creative direction of Septime Webre, you can see amazing performances like "Hemingway:
The Sun Also Rises," and "ALICE (in wonderland)." To witness one of the most treasured art forms, visit StubHub today to get
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About The Washington Ballet
The Washington Ballet is an ensemble of professional
ballet dancers based in Washington, D.C. The Washington Ballet was founded by Mary Day in 1976 to provide a professional showcase
for the students of The Washington School of Ballet. The founding company members included Madelyn Berdes, Patricia Berrend,
James Canfield, Sharon Caplan, Robin Conrad, Lynn Cote, Laurie Dameron, John Goding, Robin Hardy, Jon Jackson, Brian Jameson,
Terry Lacy, Christine Matthews, Ricardo Mercado, Julie Miles, Patricia Miller, Philip Rosemond, Helen Sumerwell and Allison
The Washington Ballet's first season featured three works by the Dutch National Ballet's Choo San Goh, who later
became resident choreographer and associate artistic director. Under the guidance of Choo San Goh, The Washington Ballet went
from being pre-professional to full-blown professional, and famed dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov quickly showed interest in the
company. Baryshnikov began dancing with the company in 1979. From the time Choo San Goh worked with the Washington Ballet
until his death in 1987, he had choreographed a remarkable 19 ballets for them.
During the early 1980s, The Washington
Ballet became more well-known due to their success during a competition. The Washington Ballet's 17-year-old member Amanda
McKerrow was selected to compete on the official US dance team at the Fourth International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and
she went on to win the gold medal with her partner Simon Dow, becoming the first United States citizen to win the competition.
During the years that followed, The Washington Ballet expanded their influence and performed full seasons in the nation's
capital, and they embarked on an international tour to China, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, and South America.
Mary Day retired as artistic director, Septime Webre joined the Washington Ballet and succeed her position. Septime Webre
created a number of works for The Washington Ballet, including Cinderella, Journey Home, Carmen, Juanita y Alicia, State of
Wonder, Carmina Burana, Fluctuating Hemlines, Where the Wild Things Are, and Peter Pan. The Washington Ballet has also staged
works like Giselle, Coppelia, La Sylphide, and works from the likes of choreographers Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Mark
Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Trey McIntyre, Edwaard Liang, and Nacho Duato.
In addition to their acclaimed performances,
The Washington Ballet also created their own community outreach and education program. The program is called DanceDC, and
combines creative movement with language arts curriculum for students within the DC public school system. Scholarships are
available to students who are interested in ballet, and some children are specially selected for a unique on-site professional
technique training session.
Washington Ballet Breakthrough
The Washington Ballet got their big break when
their young dancer, Amanda McKerrow, competed and won the gold medal at the Fourth International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
After gaining international recognition, The Washington Ballet was able to embark on an international tour. Since then, The
Washington Ballet has continued to build its presence and establish itself as one of the leading ballet companies in the nation.
The current dancers include Kateryna Derechyna, Aurora Dickie, Francesca Dugarte, Zachary Hackstock, Jonathan Jordan, Sona
Kharatian, Ayano Kimura, Tamas Krizsa, and much more.
Washington Ballet Trivia
Which famous novel was
used as inspiration for one of The Washington Ballet's recent productions?
The Washington Ballet recently created a
ballet version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." This bold new ballet featured all of the sound and energy of the
roaring twenties, and captured the obsession with wealth and excess that the novel explored. After the success of this hit,
The Washington Ballet also created a ballet from fellow lost-generation expat, Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises."
Whether you're watching an innovative production like "The Great Gatsby" or a classic performance,
a trip to see The Washington Ballet is always going to be full of amazing talent and extraordinary passion. This ballet company
is one of the most acclaimed in the nation, and has truly set themselves apart from others within the ballet world. To catch
one of many splendid performances by The Washington Ballet, visit StubHub to get your tickets today.