Maggie Williamson | 6/24/2011, 12:34 p.m.
You've probably heard of The Washington Ballet. Even if you didn't see The Nutcracker during the holiday season (and if you haven't, you should), it's hard to miss the buzz. This dynamic company's performances at venues throughout the city draw crowds of balletomanes, and their nationally-renowned Wisconsin Avenue school bustles on a daily basis with over 500 young dancers-in-training. But what you might not know is that the hype continues east of the Anacostia River, where The Washington Ballet's satellite school at THEARC is gearing up for its seventh audition season.
Owned and operated by the nonprofit organization Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) first opened its doors in October 2005. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of the underserved communities of Southeast DC. To this end, eleven partner agencies offer education, arts, and recreation opportunities at drastically reduced costs.
TWB@THEARC is currently home to 270 aspiring dancers, and right now, they are looking for more.
TWB@THEARC will hold auditions on June 25, July 23, August 20, and September 17 (all Saturdays).
TWB@THEARC welcomes experienced and inexperienced ballerinas alike.
Once enrolled, TWB@THEARC's students learn the same rigorous syllabus that is taught at the Wisconsin Avenue campus under the directorship of Kee Juan Han.