This year, American Ballet Theatre gave New York City fourth and
fifth grade students the opportunity to provide the inspiration
for an ABT dance! Students were asked to submit entries to the ABT
Page to Stage Poetry Contest, a competition in search of
inspiration for an original ballet to be staged at the Metropolitan
ABT received over 200 responses to the ABT Page to Stage Poetry
Contest. Fourth and fifth grade students from all over the
five boroughs have told us about
“What Makes Them Move?” A panel of ABT judges read through
each poem and selected fourteen Semi-Finalists.
Fourteen semi-finalists were selected and passed on to the five
members of the Voices and Visions: The Altria/ABT Women’s
Choreography Project, under the tutelage and direction of Stephen
Pier. Each choreographer chose a poem that inspired them individually
and created their own dances. The five selected poems and the dances
that were created on them were featured on the MET stage at this
year’s Young People’s Ballet Workshop.
Congratulations to all the New York City students who participated
in this contest!
The 5 winning students are:
|Kyon Cherri Kitt
for a listing of the fourteen Semi-finalists and their poems.