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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 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 Director
Carlos Lopez, ABT Studio Company Ballet Master

ABT Artistic faculty members for this program will include: Kevin McKenzie, Kate Lydon, Carlos Lopez, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Allison Eggers, Susan Jones, Julie Kent, Raymond Lukens, Clarice Marshall, Keith Sabado, Gennadi Saveliev, Lupe Serrano and Martine Van Hamel.

Guest teachers have included: Marcelo Gomes, Allegra Kent, Diana Byer, Lisa Viola, John Gardner, Adrienne Hurd, Darla Hoover, Amanda McKerrow, Wendy Perron and Sascha Radetsky.


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

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

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


More than half of the dancers in ABT’s main Company started their career in ABT Studio Company, including Principal Dancers Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, David Hallberg, Hee Seo and Cory Stearns and Soloists Misty Copeland, Joseph Gorak, Alexandre Hammoudi, Christine Shevchenko, Devon Teuscher and Roman Zhurbin. 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.