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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
Carlos Lopez, ABT Studio Company Ballet Master

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

Guest teachers have included: Marcelo Gomes, John Gardner, Duncan Lyle, 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.


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
  • Hee Seo
  • Cory Stearns

  • Skylar Brandt
  • Thomas Forster
  • Joseph Gorak
  • Alexandre Hammoudi
  • Sarah Lane
  • Craig Salstein
  • Arron Scott
  • Christine Shevchenko
  • Devon Teuscher
  • Roman Zhurbin

    Corps de Ballet
  • Joo Won Ahn
  • Sterling Baca
  • Hanna Bass
  • Lauren Bonfiglio
  • Kathryn Boren
  • Gray Davis
  • Brittany DeGrofft
  • Zhong-Jing Fang
  • Scout Forsythe
  • April Giangeruso
  • Melanie Hamrick
  • Courtlyn Hanson
  • Emily Hayes
  • Connor Holloway
  • Blaine Hoven
  • Catherine Hurlin
  • Courtney Lavine
  • Carolyn Lippert
  • Isadora Loyola
  • Tyler Maloney
  • Daniel Mantei
  • Hannah Marshall
  • Kaho Ogawa
  • Patrick Ogle
  • Kelley Potter
  • Wan Yue Qiao
  • Rachel Richardson
  • Calvin Royal III
  • Jose Sebastian
  • Gabe Stone Shayer
  • Raphael Spyker
  • Nathan Vendt
  • Paulina Waski
  • Katherine Williams
  • Lily Wisdom
  • Jin Zhang
  • Zhiyao Zhang

  • Gisele Bethea
  • Rachelle di Stasio
  • Breanne Granlund
  • Erica Lall
  • Garegin Pogossian
  • Remy Young