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American Ballet Theatre
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Pre-Professional Division

 
“The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School strives to produce superb dancers who have no technical limitations and are sensitive to different qualities of movement necessary to correctly execute the classical, neoclassical and contemporary vocabularies of dance; dancers who are strong, supple and dance without affectation.”
-Franco De Vita, Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (2005-2016)


The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is a pre-professional ballet training program for students, ages 12-18. Under the direction of newly appointed Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the success of each student. Admission is by audition only.

Curriculum:
The curriculum of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School is the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Consistent with the stylistic requirements of ABT, the ABT JKO School aims to provide dancers with a rich knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, partnering, men’s class, character, modern technique, variations and Pilates. In addition, students participate in the JKO Wellness Lecture Series, designed to educate the ABT JKO School students on subjects facing aspiring professional dancers. Lecture topics include Nutrition, Women’s Health, Stress Management, Strength Training, and Resume Writing/ Career Preparation.

The ABT JKO School is also proud to announce our newly expanded Wellness Program as part of our Healthy Dancer Curriculum. This initiative focuses on addressing both the physical and psychological needs of our ballet students through a series of professionally run workshops and an Eating Disorder Prevention Screening Program.

Faculty:
Led by Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, the faculty of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School includes members of ABT’s Artistic Staff, ABT alumni and other prominent teachers. Learn more about our faculty by clicking on the links below.

Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director
Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, ABT JKO School
Karin Averty, Rodica Bordeianu, Harriet Clark, Marianne Dello Joio, Olga Dvorovenko, Allison Eggers, Elizabeth Farrell, Fabrice Herrault, Eleanor Hullihan, Mikhail Ilyin, Robert LaFosse, Clarice Marshall, Keith Sabado, Lupe Serrano, Ethan Stiefel, Martine van Hamel

Accompanists:
Each class at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is accompanied by one of our accomplished pianists:

Michael Cherry, Stephanie Chun, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Sofiya Leavsie, Masako Matsuo, Dmitry Polischuk, Mihoko Suzuki, Laura Tishchenko, Mira Tsidulko

Levels and Schedules:
The school follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group. Class size is limited. The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School schedule is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. The class schedules and levels are as follows:

Level 4/5 (ages 12-14)    
Monday
4:30pm-7:30pm

(2-hour ballet technique and 1-hour body conditioning)
Tuesday
4:30pm-7:30pm

(1-hour character and 2-hour ballet technique)
Thursday
5:00pm-7:30pm

(1-hour modern and 90-minute ballet technique)
Friday
6:00pm-7:30pm

(90-minute ballet technique)
Saturday
10:30am-1:00pm

(2-hour ballet technique and 1-hour separate men's and women's classes)
   
Level 6 (ages 14-16)  
Monday
4:30pm-7:30pm

(2-hour ballet technique, 1 hour pointe class and 90-minute men's class)
Tuesday
3:30pm-7:30pm

(1-hour modern, 90-minute ballet technique and 1-hour pas de deux)
Wednesday
4:00pm-7:30pm

(2-hour ballet technique and 1-hour separate men's and women's classes)
Thursday
3:00pm-7:15pm

(1-hour character dance, 2-hour ballet technique, and 1-hour Pilates)
Friday
4:30pm-7:30pm

(1-hour dance history and 2-hour ballet technique)
       
Level 7 (ages 16-18)  
Monday
1:30pm-5:00pm

(90-minute separate men's and women's ballet technique, 90-minute separate men's and women's variations/ pointe, and 1-hour dance history)
Tuesday
1:30pm-4:30pm

(2-hour technique, 1-hour pas de deux)
Wednesday
1:30pm-6:15pm

(2-hour ballet technique, 1-hour character dance, 1 hour men's strength training)
Thursday
1:30pm-6:00pm

(2-hour ballet technique, 90-minute pas de deux, 1-hour Pilates)
Friday
1:30pm-5:15pm

(90-minute ballet technique, 1-hour separate men's and women's variations/ pointe, and 1-hour modern dance)
Saturday
2:30pm-5:00pm

(90-minute ballet technique, 1-hour separate men's and women's variations/ pointe)
 

Tuition and Scholarships:
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year will be as follows: $5,500 for students Level 4/5; $6,500 for students in Level 6; and $8,000 for students in Level 7. Scholarships are awarded based on merit only. There is no financial aid available.

Alumni:

Graduates of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School have gone on to dance with a number of domestic and international companies, including American Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet.

To see a full list of ABT JKO School Alumni and their current companies, please click here.

 


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American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School