The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet will put on a spectacular program, Ballet Across America at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Read on to find out how to win tickets!

This weeklong celebration of American ballet features innovative programs by two incredible ballet companies. The May 31 show features a world premiere Kennedy Center commission by renowned choreographer Pam Tanowitz.


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Program Details

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – Sunday, June 2, 2019
WHERE: The Kennedy Center Opera House | 2700 F Street, NW | Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: $29.00-$119.00, available for purchase online
PARKING: Pay garages available on-site


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Exclusive OCN Ticket Giveaway:

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the opening night performance on Tuesday, May 28, by the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Leave a comment and tell us your favorite Kennedy Center memory or who you would be taking to the ballet and why. Also, be sure to tag the friend you would take with you to the performance! Winners will be chosen from all of the article comments on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.


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Dance Theatre of Harlem Program

Dates: May 28-30, 2019

Conducted by Tania Leon, under the direction of Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing Vaise Fantaisie, Change, Passage, and Dougia

“Dance Theatre of Harlem's participation in Ballet Across America this year is particularly meaningful to me. It is a sign of a dawning moment in ballet. As Artistic Director of an institution that has for 50 years been at the forefront of diversity in ballet, I am proud to continue that legacy with a personal mission to ensure that the inclusion of women’s perspectives and women’s choreographic voices, especially women of color, has the potential to define ballet as a 21st century art form.” – Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem

Shared Celebration Program

Date: May 31, 2019

Conducted by Tania Leon and Gary Sheldon, the two companies will perform Waipurgisnacht Ballet, Passage, Gustave Le Grey No. 1, and Dougia. Gustave Le Grey No. 1 is the new Pam Tanowitz commission and features music by Caroline Shaw.

Miami City Ballet Program

Dates: June 1-2, 2019

Conducted by Gary Sheldon, under the direction of Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, the Miami City Ballet will perform the Waipurgisnacht Ballet, the Carousel Pas de Deux, Brahams/Handel, and Heatscape.

“We are honored to partner with the Dance Theatre of Harlem for this week of performances celebrating women and the arts. There truly could not be a better time to celebrate the creativity and leadership of women—especially considering the diverse women leading our ballet company. We are delighted to share this artistry with lovers of dance in our nation’s capital.” – Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet


**All photos in this article were provided by The Kennedy Center.

For more information about the performances or to purchase tickets, visit the Kennedy Center program website.

Are you heading to The Kennedy Center to experience the amazing Ballet Across America program? Enter to win a free pair of tickets by leaving a comment and tagging a friend today!