American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, formerly ABT II,
is a classical ensemble made up of 12 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 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Principal Franco De Vita,
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.
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.
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
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ABT Artistic faculty members for this program will include: Kevin
McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Susan Jaffe, Jessica
Lang, Raymond Lukens, Kate Lydon, Clarice Marshall, Nancy Raffa,
Lupe Serrano and Martine van Hamel.
ABT Studio Company dancers will train at the Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis School at ABT Monday through Friday from 11:00am-6:00pm.
More than half of the dancers in ABT’s main Company started
their career in ABT Studio Company, including Principal Dancers
Herman Cornejo, David Hallberg and Cory Stearns and Soloists Isabella
Boylston, Yuriko Kajiya and Hee Seo. Dancers from ABT Studio Company
have also gone on to join such notable companies as Boston Ballet,
Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, The Washington
Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Alberta Ballet and
The Royal Ballet.