The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of Harlem Community Reside


Now celebrating its seventeenth anniversary, The Kennedy Center Dance Theatre of Harlem Pre-Professional Residency program provides neo-classical ballet instruction to students ages 8 through 18.  Former principal dancers and teachers from Dance Theatre of Harlem provide training to Residency students, who are selected by audition to participate in this exemplary program.  The Residency program is designed to serve students living in the D.C. metropolitan area; and, each week students travel from quite near, and from as far as Baltimore (MD), the Eastern Shore (MD), Richmond (VA), and Fredericksburg (VA) to participate in the twenty-week program, which meets on Saturdays.  All students who complete the program participate in a culminating event, which takes place on a Kennedy Center premiere Stage, and includes a master class led by Dance Theatre of Harlem Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Mr. Arthur Mitchell, as well as a choreographed performance.  Upon graduating from the Residency program, many students continue to study dance at the college level, and/or continue to perform throughout the world, with internationally known companies that include Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of Harlem Community Residency Program