Washington School for Girls

Word Dance Theater is a community partner with the Washington School for Girls. We provide 3 week-long residencies per year for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls in Anacostia, Washington DC.  The week of March 20 thru 24, Word Dance Theater, in partnership with the Philllips Collection led the students in choreographing and performing modern dances in The Washington Ballet studio located at THEARC every morning from 8:30 to noon. The girls took inspiration from paintings by courageous women like Isadora Duncan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthalar, and created dances that revolved around earth's elements as it appeared in the artists’ works.

At the end of the week, the students took a field trip to The Phillips Collection in DC, where they were able to see the works of the women artists that they had learned about earlier in the week. It was such a wonderful and rich experience for the girls to experience their own creativity as they studied and danced about the courageous women artists.  We know these students will be courageous in the lives!

See more photos from the Spring 2017 residency here.



“What a joy and an honor to spend a week dancing and creating
with these fierce and vibrant girls!”
-Cynthia Word, Executive and Artistic Director, Word Dance Theater
“Dance is exciting, creative, fun, heart-warming!"
- Third Grade Student, Washington School for Girls
"Thank you again for all that you have brought to our students! We cannot stop talking about what a lovely performance and experience this was for our girls."
- Sister Mary Bourdon, Head of School, Washington School for Girls

Left: Word Dance Theater's Cynthia Word works with third graders from the Washington School for Girls to explore their ideas and choreograph their own creative dance. 
Right:  Pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez with Word and students at the Washington School for Girls.
About the Washington School for Girls
Located in Anacostia in Washington, DC, the Washington School for Girls is a tuition-free independent, all girls, Catholic Day School serving grades 3-8.  Their mission is to offer a solid, holistic education in the Catholic educational tradition, featuring intellectual challenge, respect for diversity, and support for the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of each student.  The Washington School for Girls is committed to each student and our belief in her gifts, talents, and potential.  From such an experience will emerge young women of competence, compassion, and commitment to leadership in their families and communities.