About The Washington Rock Ballet Company
The Washington Rock Ballet (WRB) is comprised of young dancers who study classical ballet. The process of developing a ballet dancer is slow and continual, usually over the course of one decade. The students begin with acquiring a solid, technical base of body alignment. In the future, the ballet students perform with strength, precision, sophistication and ease.
Under the artistic direction of Pamela Levy and Yasko Takeno-Williams, WRB has presented The Nutcracker to our community for eight holiday seasons. This production was built from the ground-up by over 500 contributors which include parents, students, friends, Dance Express faculty and professional dancers, all lending their skills over the years. Additionally, WRB presents a Spring Showcase. This year, company students danced excerpts from Sleeping Beauty with original choreography of Marius Petipa. Lastly, our progress this year has given rise to a new Summer Dance Intensive, launching this coming summer.
WRB meets for Company Class and Rehearsals each Saturday beginning in September and ending in June. Depending upon which level the dancer is placed in, classes and rehearsals run between 9:30am and 4:00pm. Level will be determined by the dancer's age and ability after acceptance into the program.
Auditions for Washington Rock Ballet are at the beginning of the Fall and Spring seasons. Please contact Dance Express if you are interested in auditioning or would like more information about the Company.
Each level has specific class requirements. Additional classes are available to take for overall development (see the "Washington Rock Ballet Company Requirements and Progression Chart").
WRB most recent accomplishment was the sixth full-length annual production of the Nutcracker performed at the Watchung Hills Performing Arts Center, Warren, NJ. For more information, visit The Nutcracker Production page.