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Summer Intensive

The ABT Summer Intensive Program

“The mission of ABT’s Summer Intensive is to cultivate a universal understanding of the art form at its highest level, emphasizing not only the importance of high quality and brilliant technique, but also dance as an expressive vehicle to create art.”
-Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director


American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. Under the supervision of ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Artistic Director of Summer Intensives Kate Lydon, the program offers top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. Class size will be limited. Students participate in a minimum of four classes per day with ABT’s renowned faculty, and enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes exposure to ABT artists, history and repertory. The ABT Summer Intensive focuses on developing well-rounded dancers by exposure to a wide variety of disciplines with an emphasis on classical ballet technique and key elements of ABT’s National Training Curriculum.

The curriculum of the 2018 ABT Summer Intensive will include both high level technique classes and lecture courses on subjects critical to the development of a complete dancer. ABT’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile rather than stylized, who are thus prepared to work with any company. Classes for the 2018 Summer Intensive may include:

Ballet Technique
Men’s Technique
Men’s Variations
Acting for Dancers/Mime
Musical Theater
Dance History
Meet the Artist
Injury Prevention

Though some lecture offerings may vary by site, the daily structure and curriculum of all Summer Intensive programs is identical. Students take a minimum of four classes per day, consisting of daily technique and pointe, followed by the supplemental classes listed above. In addition, dancers may have rehearsals on occasional evenings for a final performance showcasing selections from ABT’s repertoire.

ABT's 2018 Summer Intensive students will be exposed to a level of training unmatched by any other summer program. The faculty will consist of ABT artistic staff, ABT alumni, guest teachers and accomplished pianists. Summer Intensive instructors include:

KATE LYDON, Artistic Director of Summer Intensives and ABT Studio Company
KEVIN McKENZIE, ABT Artistic Director

Elizabeth Aymong, Director, Summer Intensive
Naomi Gewanter, Summer Intensive Manager
Amber Bennett, Summer Intensive Assistant

American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the 2018 Summer Intensive. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no application process. American Ballet Theatre will notify scholarship recipients at the time of acceptance.

ABT National Training Scholar Program:
The goal of the National Training Program is to encourage young dancers to continue their dance training and complete their academic education in their home communities. To accomplish this goal, ABT awards scholarships to a small number of promising young dancers, ages 12-18, after participating in the ABT Summer Intensive. Scholarships cover the full cost of Summer Intensive tuition, as well as a portion of students’ summer housing and year-round training expenses. The dancers are required to attend the Summer Intensive program again the following summer. There is no application process for this program. National Training Scholars are chosen each year from the student body of the ABT Summer Intensives, and are notified by mail after the Nominating Committee meets in the Fall.

2017-2018 National Training Scholars:
2017-2018 National Training Scholars will be announced shortly. Please check back soon!

ABT Summer Intensive Alumni have gone on to have successful careers with American Ballet Theatre and ABT's Studio Company.

Principal Dancers
Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, David Hallberg, Devon Teuscher

Skylar Brandt, Joseph Gorak, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Arron Scott, Cassandra Trenary, Roman Zhurbin

Corps de Ballet
Alexandra Basmagy, Hanna Bass, Aran Bell, Lauren Bonfiglio, Kathryn Boren, Claire Davison, Brittany DeGrofft, Scout Forsythe, Patrick Frenette, April Giangeruso, Breanne Granlund, Melanie Hamrick, Courtlyn Hanson, Emily Hayes, Connor Holloway, Catherine Hurlin, Anabel Katsnelson, Erica Lall, Carolyn Lippert, Isadora Loyola, Tyler Maloney, Hannah Marshall, Betsy McBride, Kaho Ogawa, Lauren Post, Courtney Shealy, Gabe Stone Shayer, Nathan Vendt, Paulina Waski, Katherine William, Remy Young  

Sierra Armstrong, Zimmi Coker, Luigi Crispino, Virginia Lensi

ABT Studio Company
Jacob Clerico, Simon Hoke, Fangqi Li, Grace Anne Pierce