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A Perfect Day in Washington: Septime Webre

The artistic director of The Washington Ballet shares his favorite attractions, shops and restaurants in D.C.

The Washington Ballet's artistic director shares his ideal itinerary. Good luck keeping up with this man on the move!

6 am: Sun Salutation

Nothing gets my mornings started better than ashtanga yoga at either Flow Yoga Center or Yoga District. Either place will kick your butt.

Flow Yoga Center, 1450 P St. NW, 202.462.3569

Yoga District, various locations, 202.265.9642

9 am: Buzz Feed

I’d grab the morning paper and a latte at Tryst in Adams Morgan. The baristas are among the best in town, and I love the hipster feel, free Wi-Fi and old comfy sofas.

2459 18th St. NW, 202.232.5500


National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (©Brooke Sabin)

10 am: Inspirational Art

When I’m not rehearsing a new ballet or meeting with production teams, I like visiting museums. My first stop would be the Hirshhorn, hands down my favorite museum in town. It focuses on modern and contemporary art on a grand scale. Then I’d pop across the Mall to the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Café for panini, people-watching and some of the finest sculptures of the last century.

Hirshhorn Museum, 700 Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.4674

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, 202.737.4215

Noon: Surf’s Up!

I’d take a brisk walk over to Luke’s Lobster in Penn Quarter and nosh on the delicious lobster roll with a side of Cape Cod chips and Maine Root soda.

624 E St. NW, 202.347.3355

2 pm: Icons & Antiques

I’d call an Uber car and drive by the memorials—the Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Washington and World War II—then take a quick stroll through the Lincoln and Vietnam memorials, the first to reconfirm my beliefs in the ideals of Lincoln, the second for a haunting and moving experience. Heading back to the car, I’d continue on to Georgetown for some antiques shopping at places like Darrell Dean, which has a brilliantly eclectic aesthetic.

Darrell Dean, 1524 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.6330

4 pm: Secret Garden

Also in Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks has one of the most stunning gardens in D.C., wonderful to visit any time of year. I like to bring a good book and read until closing.

1703 32nd St. NW, 202.339.6401

"The British Invasion"
The Washington Ballet in "The British Invasion" (©Steve Vaccariello)

6 pm: Curtain Call

Time to check in with The Washington Ballet dancers warming up for our latest production to rock your socks (or pointe shoes) off!

10 pm: Lettin’ Loose

After the show, I’d grab a late-night bite at Comet Ping Pong. If I’m lucky, there’ll be a live band, and if I’m extra lucky, impish impresario owner James Alefantis will be dancing on the light fixtures, literally. My favorite meal? The Hottie pizza (pepperoni and jalapeño), washed down with a cold glass of Allagash White.

5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.364.0404

Comet Ping Pong Pizza
The "Hottie" Pizza at Comet Ping Pong (©Brooke Sabin)

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