Shirley MacLaine at the Washington School of Ballet

Shirley MacLaine, in one of the newer dance studios at The Washington School of Ballet: “This is better than New York.” Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Shirley MacLaine poses with a group of young dances of The Washington Ballet. Also in the group are The Washington Ballet’s board chair, Sylvia A. de Leon (in blue) and its artistic director, Septime Webre (next to de Leon). Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

When MacLaine met this ballet teacher the first thing she noticed was the position of her feet and her posture. The actress, and former ballet student, was impressed with all the young dancers. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Shirley MacLaine enjoys a moment of fond recollection down in the dressing room where she used to change for ballet class as a young girl. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

MacLaine in the lobby of the Washington School of ballet, where dancers arrived as soon as they heard she was making a surprise visit. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Shirley MacLaine in front of the Washington School of Ballet on Wisconsin Avenue. In the 1940s, she got there by bus and street car. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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