NEW TIME Starts June 8th! Sat 10:00am-11:30am

Location: DC / Friendship Heights

Ages: Adults

Aaron Jackson (He/Him)

About This Class

Immerse yourself in professional level exercises and improve your technique, musicality, and performance quality in this advanced intermediate ballet class with Aaron Jackson. Students will explore more intricate choreography while polishing their technical skills and learn to pick up combinations quickly and with confidence. Comprehensive understanding and proficiency in discipline and general dance terminology recommended.

This class also features live musical accompaniment by Dr. Erh-Jen Lee.

The new Summer Session consists of 5 weeks – Saturday, June 22, 2024 through Saturday, July 20, 2024. 

Registration Information

Summer Session: $112.50 / 5 weeks


Drop-In: $25




This is an in-person class at CityDance @ Friendship Heights, 5207 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20015.

About The Jackson Method

Aaron Jackson teaches and coaches adult students in Washington DC, New York City and internationally. Jackson’s ballet classes are structured and technique-focused; for adult students, and professional artists who wish to realize their full potential through personalized guidance and corrective action through class. Jackson’s classes are inspired in part by his training at The School of American Ballet (SAB), and his subsequent professional experience; So much of what is shared during class is taken from his personal syllabus and training method designed exclusively for adult students. The Jackson Method For Adult Ballet – focuses on the complete dancer by targeting and awakening the necessary “Strength and Stability” that is required when navigating ballet at an advanced level. Jackson’s Method helps demystify the technique surrounding: balletic posture, focus – épaulement, maximizing plié, balance, turnout/external rotation, transitional steps, extension, proper alignment for pirouettes, turns, jumps, and much more. Jackson’s Method challenges adult students and professional artists at varying levels to approach the work in a smarter and more efficient way. With structured barre and centre work, the classes are for those eager to adapt to their surroundings. Jackson’s approach to the work aids in helping those committed to achieving their best in the pursuit of clean and consistent ballet technique. The environment he creates in the classroom is engaging, energetic, and passionate.

About Dr. Erh-Jen Lee

Dr. Erh-Jen Lee enjoys her versatile music journey as a pianist, oboist, accompanist, chamber musician, and a music educator. She started piano lesson at age 5 and won the Kawai Piano Competition Taiwan at age 10. As an oboist; she won 3 times the first prize in National Oboe Competition in Taiwan at age 13. After winning the International Chopin Piano Competition of Taipei, Erh-Jen was offered scholarship to study with Constance Keene at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Lee has won both national and international competitions and was honored as the winner of “The National Outstanding Artist Achievement Award” from the Chi-Mei Cultural Arts Foundation for 3 consecutive years.

At age 19, Ms. Lee made her New York debut with Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, playing Chopin’s Concerto no.1 in E minor, as the result of winning the Dora Zaslavsky Koch Concerto Competition. Her winning of the 3rd National Taiwan Concerto Competition in 1999 brought her to tour with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. In 2000, she was chosen to be one of just eight “most promising pianists in America” for the Toradze Concerto Institute.

During her graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Oxana Yablonskaya, Erh-Jen has had the pleasure to participate and work in sessions with internationally renowned musicians such as Lazar Berman, Yefim Bronfman, Jaques Rouvier, Brigitte Engerer, and Alexander Toradze.

Ms. Lee earned her doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America as a full scholarship recipient. She was chosen by La Gesse Foundation to perform Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring with Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Erh-Jen has performed with the MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet Company at Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and worked with the Washington Ballet Company, New York City Ballet and the Australian Ballet. Currently she is a staff accompanist for The Washington School of Ballet and has a private piano studio in Washington DC.

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

If a class has low attendance, it may be subject to cancellation. Cancellation decisions for morning classes will be made by 9pm the night before and for evening classes by 3pm that day. EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 6, 2023In the event you cannot attend your purchased/scheduled drop-in class, please email by 9pm the day before to receive a full credit and/or reschedule your drop-in class. Cancellation emails received after 9pm the night before will receive a 50% class credit. If a cancellation email has not been sent before the start of class, our No Show policy takes effect and you will forfeit the full class credit.

CityDance at Friendship Heights

5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20015

5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20015

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