The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As the nation's center for the performing arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Center strives to commission, produce, and present performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence and diversity indicative of the world in which we live, and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through arts education. View more information on their Member Feature Page

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Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Don’t miss the National Symphony Orchestra’s special showcase of female composers, conductors and performers in an interactive performance that mixes orchestral music, history, and inspiration. Girl Power! marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave many women in the United States the right to vote.
Dates & Times: 10/24/19 at 10:15 or 11:45, 
4/27/20 at 11 AM,
5/20/20 at 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Concert Hall; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: English/Literature
Learning Standards: Standards Connections: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.7, RL.9)
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 500 on 10/24/19
500 on 4/27/19
300 on 5/20/19
 
Atlanta Ballet Working Rehearsal: Nutcracker
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Ballet and Nutcracker fans are in for a treat Thanksgiving week with the Kennedy Center debut of Atlanta Ballet and its extraordinary new production, which premiered last December. Washington audiences will be the first to see it outside of Atlanta—a truly spectacular, visually inventive staging set against a fantastical starry night, dominated by oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations.
Date: 11/27/2019
Time: 1:30
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Kennedy Center Concert Hall; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: Arts
Learning Standards: 
Standards Connections: NCAS Responding: Analyze (DA:Re7.1), Interpret (DA:Re8.1), Critique (DA:Re9.1); NCAS Connecting: Synthesize (DA:Cn10.1), Relate (DA:Cn11.1); CCSS ELA: Key Ideas and Details (CCRA.R.3), Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (CCRA.R.7)
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 200 


 
Balancing Bodies
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Take a seat in a rolling office chair and observe an ordinary space transform into a universe full of surprises and twists. Dutch dance/theater company WOEST brings this interactive show in which the interplay between performer and spectator is the nucleus around which everything orbits. As a world builds from nothing to something audience members take part in balancing playfulness and organization, young and old, foolishness and seriousness, and more.
Date: 10/29/2019, 10/30/2019
Time: 10:15 and 12:30
Length of Event: 45 mins
Location: Terrace Gallery; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: Arts
Learning Standards: 
Standards Connections: Theatre/Responding: Reflect: (TH:Re7.1); Interpret (TH:Re8.1); Evaluate (TH:Re9.1); Theatre/Connecting: Empathize (TH:Cn10.1); Interrelate (TH:Cn11.1); Research (TH:Cn11.2); CCSS Listening: Comprehension (SL.2); Reading: Key Ideas and Details: (R.1), (R.2), (R.3); Craft and Structure (R.4), (R.5), (.R.6).
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 200 

 
WNO Opera Look-In: The Magic Flute
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Theater and music come together in this introduction to opera and The Magic Flute, one of the world’s most beloved operas. A whimsical production designed by children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak sets a playful landscape for this enchanting fairy tale. Join handsome prince Tamino and his silly sidekick Papageno as they set out on a fantastic journey to rescue the kidnapped Pamina in this special opera
exploration. At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains.
Date: 11/14/19
Time: 10:15 and 12:00
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: English/ Literature, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts
Learning Standards: Standard Connections: English Language Arts—Literacy in History/Social Studies (RH.2, RH.7); Theatre— Performing (Pr.5.b—Technical)
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 300 per show

 
String Queens
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”, The String Queens is a dynamic trio of performers and educators that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, The DC-based group performs versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.
Date: 11/15/19
Time: 11:00AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Front Plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: English/ Literature, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature Music
Grades: 5th
Ticket Capacity: 40

 
Dom Flemons: American Songster
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Grammy® winner Dom Flemons shares the music of the early American Songsters, covering nearly a century of folklore and styles, including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass, and string band music. Flemons, founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a renowned singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music scholar, illuminates the history and influence of African American musicians through spirited performances on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones.
Date: 1/27/20
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:
Kennedy Center front plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: 
Writing/Reading/Journalism, Music/ Music Production
Learning Standards: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 45

 
 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares “Ailey Magic” with students, giving insight into the history of the company and its founder Alvin Ailey. The company performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire, including their signature work, Revelations.
Date: 2/6/20
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:
Kennedy Center: Opera House; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: 
Dance, Music/ Music Production
Learning Standards: Social Studies—History and Culture; Music, Dance—Connecting (Cn.11)
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 400

 
 
Mozart Mash-Up
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special concert! A string quartet featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra shares its favorite pieces from the prolific composer. At age 3, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could be found observing his big sister Nannerl at the keyboard. By 4 or 5, he had written his first compositions, and by age 7 his first symphony. Mozart continues to inspire audiences and performers today—some of whom experienced his music when they were just as young as the composer!
Date: 2/24/20
Time: 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:
Kennedy Center front plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: 
Writing/Reading/Journalism, Music/ Music Production
Learning Standards: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 70 per performance

 
 
Jazz Doodle Jam
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
It’s an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Sit down at a table covered with paper, grab a market or crayon, and join host Mo Willems for a new kind of participatory musical experience. Students and teachers doodle to music played on stage by an ensemble selected by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s explorations, jamming together with pictures and music, blurring the lines between artists and audience.
Date: 3/13/20
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:
Kennedy Center front plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: 
English/ Literature, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 35

 
 
Justin Kauflin (jazz piano performance)
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Justin Kauflin is a “jazz pianist who favors a clarity of touch and ideas, rarely spinning into an orbit he can’t control” (The New York Times). After losing his sight at the age of 11, Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a background in classical violin. He received top honors at jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15, and he was the subject of an award-winning documentary produced by Quincy Jones, Keep On Keepin’ On. He has continued to garner numerous awards including the VSA International Young Soloist Award, he was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, and was voted “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine.
Date: 3/20/20
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:
River Pavilion in the REACH, Kennedy Center front plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area:
 Music/ Music Production
Learning Standards: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.7, RL.9)
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 40

 
Pokon
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Three performers storm the stage whirling, twirling, hiccupping, tumbling, and singing. Dutch dance company DE DANSERS presents this mesmerizing performance full of movement, rhythm, fantasy, and friendship for children and grown-ups who can’t keep still. As the performers give themselves permission to run, climb, and get dirty, anything – from a ladder to a guitar to plants – becomes something to joyfully play on.
Dates & Times: 4/22/20 @ 10:00AM and 12:30PM
4/23/20 @ 10:00am and 12:30PM
4/24/20 @ 11:00AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Family Theater; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area: Arts
Learning Standards: Theatre/Responding: Reflect: (TH:Re7.1); Interpret (TH:Re8.1); Evaluate (TH:Re9.1); Theatre/Connecting: Empathize (TH:Cn10.1); Interrelate (TH:Cn11.1); Research (TH:Cn11.2); CCSS Listening: Comprehension (SL.2); Reading: Key Ideas and Details: (R.1), (R.2), (R.3); Craft and Structure (R.4), (R.5), (.R.6).
Grades: 5th
Ticket Capacity: 50 per performance
 
The Girl who Swallowed the Cactus
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
School’s out for the summer, and Sheila and her friends are left with only the nearby junkyard and their imaginations to keep them busy. But when a truck driven by a coyote wearing cowboy boots rumbles by, they know they’re in for a fantastical adventure! This one-woman show starring TIA SHEARER returns after being workshopped at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices festival in 2018. Written by ERIC COBLE, directed by JULIA FLOOD, and presented by St. Louis’s METRO THEATER COMPANY, the entrancing tale explores the relationship between wild animals and the humans that encroach their lands. As Sheila meets the Council of Howls, the String Brigade, and other characters of the wilderness, the desert comes to life in surprising ways.
Date: 4/28/20, 4/29/20
Time: 10:15 and 12:30
Length of Event: 60 minutes 
Location: Family Theater; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area:
 English/ Literature, Arts
Learning Standards: Standards Connections: Theatre/Responding: Reflect: (TH:Re7.1); Interpret (TH:Re8.1); Evaluate (TH:Re9.1); Theatre/Connecting: Empathize (TH:Cn10.1); Interrelate (TH:Cn11.1); Research (TH:Cn11.2); CCSS Listening: Comprehension (SL.2); Reading: Key Ideas and Details: (R.1), (R.2), (R.3); Craft and Structure (R.4), (R.5), (.R.6).
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 50 per performance

 
 
Havana Hop
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
One actress portrays three generations of lively women in this interactive show written, directed, and performed by Kennedy Center Citizen Artist PAIGE HERNANDEZ with music by NICK THA 1DA. Young Yelia dreams of making it big – if only she can conquer her stage fright. With encouragement from her mother, Yelia travels to Cuba to “find roots, get confidence, and be amazing!” As Yelia meets her grandmother and adds a little salsa flavor to her own Hip Hop style, audience members dance along and explore the joy in discovering one’s own culture and confidence.
Date: 5/6/20, 5/7/20, 5/8/20
Time: 10:15 and 12:30
Length of Event: 60 minutes 
Location: Family Theater; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area:
 Arts
Learning Standards: Standards Connections: Theatre/Responding: Reflect: (TH:Re7.1); Interpret (TH:Re8.1); Evaluate (TH:Re9.1); Theatre/Connecting: Empathize (TH:Cn10.1); Interrelate (TH:Cn11.1); Research (TH:Cn11.2); CCSS Listening: Comprehension (SL.2); Reading: Key Ideas and Details: (R.1), (R.2), (R.3); Craft and Structure (R.4), (R.5), (.R.6).
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 50 per performance

 
 
Dreamer: A South African Journey
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Join in a journey inspired by the real life and music of singer and songwriter Tuelo Minah. Aene is a young girl living in South Africa who sets out to the United States to chase her dreams. Yet as Aene encounters a country that is hostile toward immigrants, she finds her dreams might come at a greater cost. Director and playwright ZOEY MARTINSON captures Tuelo’s journey from girl to woman, from apartheid South Africa to America, with music by TUELO MINAH herself and arranged with MANDISI DYANTYIS. Told through immersive projections and staging, this poetic musical reminds us we have the power to define our own destiny.
Date: 5/7/20, 5/8/20, 5/12/20, 5/13/20, 5/14/20, 5/15/20, 5/19/20, 5/20/20, 5/21/20, 5/22/20
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 
65 minutes
Location: Kennedy Center front plaza; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Content Area:
 Arts
Learning Standards: Standards Connections: Theatre/Responding: Reflect: (TH:Re7.1); Interpret (TH:Re8.1); Evaluate (TH:Re9.1); Theatre/Connecting: Empathize (TH:Cn10.1); Interrelate (TH:Cn11.1); Research (TH:Cn11.2); CCSS Listening: Comprehension (SL.2); Reading: Key Ideas and Details: (R.1), (R.2), (R.3); Craft and Structure (R.4), (R.5), (.R.6).
Grades: 5th
Ticket capacity: 
50 per performance

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