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Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2019

Ballet and Nutcracker fans are in for a treat Thanksgiving week with the Kennedy Center debut of Atlanta Ballet and its extraordinary new production, which premiered last December. Washington audiences will be the first to see it outside of Atlanta—a truly spectacular, visually inventive staging set against a fantastical starry night, dominated by oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations.

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The National Ballet of Canada: Forsythe, Kylián, and Ratmansky (Jan. 28 & 29) / The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)

Jan 28 – Feb 2, 2020

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: Jan. 28 & 29, experience two works by William ForsytheJiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1. Jan. 30–Feb. 2, The Sleeping Beauty is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music.

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Working Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Dance scholars provide commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the art form as companies rehearse on stage.

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American Ballet Theatre: Giselle

Feb 11 – 16, 2020

An exciting new generation of ABT’s international stars comes to D.C. for one of the world’s most cherished ballets; the company last performed it in our Opera House nearly 15 years ago. Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, Giselle remains a timeless favorite.

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Family Dance Workshop: American Ballet Theatre

Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Free, no tickets required. Join us for these 45-minute workshops led by artists from our visiting ballet companies. Designed for families with children age 10 and under, each workshop explores music, movement, and/or themes of a ballet while taking families through learning simple ballet steps or choreography. Children must participate with an adult. Pre-registration will be available approximately one month before each event and is highly recommended. 


Intermediate-Advanced Master Class with New York City Ballet

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Dance Master Classes at the Kennedy Center offer an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate-advanced, class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from New York City Ballet

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New York City Ballet: Balanchine, Wheeldon & Liang (Mar. 31; Apr. 1 & 5) / Peck, Cunningham & Balanchine/Robbins (Apr. 2–4)

Mar 31 – Apr 5, 2020

The company’s powerhouse dancers continue to enrich an ever-expanding repertory. Mar. 31 and Apr. 1 & 5, the program includes George Balanchine's Haieff Divertimento and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, along with Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy and Edward Liang's Lineage. Apr. 2-4, experience Justin Peck’s Principia, Merce Cunningham's Summerspace, and Balanchine and Jerome Robbins’s Firebird.

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Beginning Creative Movement for Adults with New York City Ballet

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

Take a class led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance.

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Family Dance Workshop: New York City Ballet

Sun, Apr 5, 2020

Free, no tickets required. Join us for these 45-minute workshops led by artists from our visiting ballet companies. Designed for families with children age 10 and under, each workshop explores music, movement, and/or themes of a ballet while taking families through learning simple ballet steps or choreography. Children must participate with an adult. Pre-registration will be available approximately one month before each event and is highly recommended. 


Beginning Ballet for Adults with Scottish Ballet

Tue, May 12, 2020

Take a class led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance.

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Scottish Ballet: The Crucible

May 13 – 17, 2020

Scotland’s national dance company returns, fresh from its 50th anniversary season, with another time-honored drama you wouldn’t necessarily expect on the ballet stage. Arthur Miller’s classic play about the Salem witch trials becomes a riveting, brand-new ballet that makes the story as relevant today as when it was first written. Washington audiences will be the first in the U.S. to experience it. 

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Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Jun 2 – 7, 2020

The Bolshoi’s incomparable stars immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy of star-crossed love. Danced to Prokofiev’s richly cinematic score, Alexei Ratmansky’s version shines with the characteristic style that audiences have come to adore from him: quick steps, vigorous lifts, and surprising dashes of humor. Washington is the only U.S. city lucky enough to host Romeo and Juliet

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