The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC has had to make cuts and beef up its fund-raising efforts after losing significant support last year from its main donor. Officials at the nonprofit academy are determined to shore up its finances and seek new donors to guarantee that it will continue to produce the top-level dancers for which it is known throughout the ballet world.
Advanced students at the barre during an afternoon technique class at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC.
Kirov Academy students practice turns and stretch before the start of a morning class.
Seventh graders Kyleigh Petersen and Reyna Carrillo share a laugh.
Zane Winders, a 15-year-old student from Texas, shows a visitor his dorm room.
Tomoha Terada, 17, and his classmates perform an exercise at the barre in an advanced boys’ class.
Seventh grader Peyton Manfre watches her ballet teacher demonstrate a combination during the second half of her morning ballet class.
Students in an academic class on the first day of school.
Ignacio Lopez Toral, a 15-year-old from Spain, finds a sunny place to warm up before his morning ballet class.