Talent has no ethnicity and no skin color, but it needs to be discovered and nurtured.


In 2013, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) launched Project Plié to expand its diversity and inclusion efforts, while also raising awareness of the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the classical ballet community. Through targeted efforts, ABT provides scholarships, training and internship opportunities to young dancers, teachers and arts administrators of color. ABT has made significant strides towards diversifying its school, staff and audiences, and is a proud champion of diversity in the arts.

A core component of the initiative is the Project Plié Bridge Class. ABT identifies talented dancers of color, ages 8-10, to train in the Bridge Class at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. As ABT cultivates the next generation of professional dancers, the Bridge Class is a way to find new, and historically underrepresented, talent.

ABT is committed to bridging the racial and ethnic gap in the studio, on the stage, and behind the scenes.
We invite you to Be The Bridge.

Help American Ballet Theatre continue to discover talent, nurture ability, and expand horizons by making a generous donation in support of Project Plié today!

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