Pre-Professional Artist Training

By working closely with Kennedy Center professional artists and educators in specialized class series, intensives or fellowships, young artists are able to gain first-hand training, direction and guidance in their genre of choice.

Ballet & Contemporary Dance

August 4-17, 2019 Kennedy Center Dance Lab

Kennedy Center Dance Lab aims to empower young dancers to be impactful change-makers and leaders by providing them with critical career tools, impactful experiences, and high-caliber training to support their growth as the next generation of dance industry professionals.

2018-2019 Season Ballet Class Series

The Ballet Class Series gives students in the Greater Washington, DC area the opportunity to participate in master classes presented by teachers from nationally and internationally recognized ballet companies performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2018-2019 Season Contemporary Dance Class Series

The Contemporary Dance Series gives advanced dance students interested in performance careers the opportunity to increase their versatility in and exposure to multiple dance styles by taking master classes with artists from the contemporary dance companies performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jazz & Classical Music

May 28-June 8, 2019 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead is an international two-week jazz residency performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.

Theater & Opera

April 7 - 12, 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program that celebrates the finest work produced in university and college theater programs, and provides opportunities for students to develop their theater skills.

Kennedy Center Education

Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.

Generous support is also provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

Gifts and grants to educational programs at the Kennedy Center are provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Sandra K. & Clement C. Alpert; Annenberg Foundation; Bank of America; Bender Foundation, Inc.; The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein.

Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation; CMA Foundation; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; Estée Lauder; Exelon; Ford Foundation; The Gessner Family Foundation; GRoW @ Annenberg and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family; Harman Family Foundation; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Herb Alpert Foundation; The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc.; iTheatrics; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; Jim and Heather Johnson; The Karel Komárek Family Foundation; the Kimsey Endowment; The Kiplinger Foundation; The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White; Natalie and Herb Kohler and Kohler Co.; Laird Norton Family Foundation; Macy's; The Markow Totevy Foundation; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Linda and Tobia Mercuro; Little Kids Rock; The Meredith Foundation; The Millennium Stage Endowment Fund; The Morningstar Foundation; 

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Myra and Leura Younker Endowment Fund; NAMM Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Newman's Own Foundation; Nordstrom; Oath Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; The Irene Pollin Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives; Prince Charitable Trusts; Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund; Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk; Rosenthal Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Small; The Stella Boyle Smith Trust; Target; The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; The Volgenau Foundation; Volkswagen Group of America; Dennis & Phyllis Washington; Wells Fargo; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; and generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas. Additional support is provided by the National Committee for the Performing Arts.