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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

Ballet Faculty
Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, ABT JKO School
Ethan Stiefel, Principal Guest Instructor
Karin Averty, Harriet Clark, Elizabeth Ferrell, Fabrice Herrault, Mikhail Ilyin, Robert La  Fosse, Karen Uphoff
with guests Lupe Serrano, Martine van Hamel and other ABT luminaries

Adjunct Faculty
Rodica Bordeianu, Marianne dello Joio, Allison Eggers, Jean Freebury, Eleanor Hullihan, Clarice Marshall, Keith Sabado

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

Michael Cherry, Principal ABT JKO School Pianist
Stephanie Chun, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Misha Golubitsky, James Kost, Sofiya Leavsie, Masako Matsuo, Dmitry Polischuk, Victor See Yuen, Lauren Shapiro, Mathew Sheridan, 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. Click here for 2016-2017 class schedules.

Tuition and Scholarships:
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year will be as follows:

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