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ABT Studio Company

American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company is a classical ensemble made up of 14 dancers of outstanding potential. The mission of ABT Studio Company is to train young dancers (ages 16-20) in preparation for entering American Ballet Theatre’s main Company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies. The program serves as a bridge between ballet training and professional performance.


Under the Artistic Direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Studio Company Artistic Director Kate Lydon, members of this pre-professional training program will participate in an extensive schedule of classes and rehearsals including classical ballet technique, pointe, partnering, men’s technique, character, modern, variations, mime and acting, dance history, ABT’s National Training Curriculum, Pilates and men’s strength training. Workshops in composition, nutrition, women’s health, stress management, injury prevention and audition preparation are also included in the curriculum.


Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director
Kate Lydon, ABT Studio Company Artistic Director
Sascha Radetsky, ABT Studio Company Ballet Master
Yan Chen, Guest Ballet Mistress

ABT Artistic faculty members for this program include: Kate Lydon, Rodica Bordeianu, Carlos Lopez, Clarice Marshall, Keith Sabado, Gennadi Saveliev, Vladilen Semenov, Lupe Serrano, Ethan Stiefel and Martine van Hamel.

Guest teachers and choreographers include: Kevin McKenzie, John Gardner, Dana Genshaft, Mikhail Ilyin, Amanda McKerrow, Alexei Ratmansky, Tatiana Ratmansky and Ethan Stiefel.



ABT Studio Company dancers will work closely with members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and guest faculty to learn ABT repertoire and other masterworks by noted choreographers including George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins as well as emerging classical and contemporary choreographers.


Dancers in ABT Studio Company will gain performance experience through residencies, cultural exchanges and regional touring.


ABT Studio Company dancers will train at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Monday through Friday from 10:00am-5:30pm.


In order to reach the widest possible audience, ABT is dedicated to developing the next generation of audience members. Participation in outreach programs for children and other selected groups is an important part of the ABT Studio Company mission. ABT Studio Company acts as ABT’s principal outreach arm by participating in educational and outreach programs throughout New York City and beyond.

Current ABT Studio Company

To view the current roster for ABT Studio Company, click here.


Dancers currently in American Ballet Theatre who started their careers in ABT Studio Company (formerly ABT II) include:

    Principal Dancers
  • Isabella Boylston
  • Misty Copeland
  • Herman Cornejo
  • David Hallberg
  • Sarah Lane
  • Hee Seo
  • Christine Shevchenko
  • Cory Stearns
  • Devon Teuscher

  • Skylar Brandt
  • Thomas Forster
  • Joseph Gorak
  • Alexandre Hammoudi
  • Blaine Hoven
  • Calvin Royal III
  • Arron Scott
  • Roman Zhurbin

    Corps de Ballet
  • Joo Won Ahn
  • Nastia Alexandrova
  • Hanna Bass
  • Aran Bell
  • Gisele Bethea
  • Lauren Bonfiglio
  • Kathryn Boren
  • Gray Davis
  • Brittany DeGrofft
  • Zhong-Jing Fang
  • Scout Forsythe
  • April Giangeruso
  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • Breanne Granlund
  • Melanie Hamrick
  • Courtlyn Hanson
  • Connor Holloway
  • Catherine Hurlin
  • Anabel Katsnelson
  • Erica Lall
  • Courtney Lavine
  • Carolyn Lippert
  • Isadora Loyola
  • Tyler Maloney
  • Hannah Marshall
  • Kaho Ogawa
  • Garegin Pogossian
  • Kelley Potter
  • Wan Yue Qiao
  • Rachel Richardson
  • Jose Sebastian
  • Gabe Stone Shayer
  • Courtney Shealy
  • Nathan Vendt
  • Paulina Waski
  • Katherine Williams
  • Remy Young
  • Jin Zhang
  • Zhiyao Zhang

  • Xuelan Lu