In January 2008, ABT launched Ballet for the New Audience,
a workshop series devoted to educating and developing young audiences
in private schools. BNA is an extension of ABT’s award-winning
Make a Ballet, a student-driven program that exposes and
enriches participants through the creation of an original dance production.
The three-workshop creative residency pairs arts professionals
with students. All residencies take place in the schools and conclude
with a final creative workshop in ABT studios with an observation
of a rehearsal with ABT II or the JKO School, a design project with
a costume designer, and a presentation of their work in a studio
|The goals for BNA are to:
- Introduce classical ballet to young people.
- Foster an appreciation for the ballet and the performing
- Develop and educate future dance audiences.
|Schools participating in the 2008 Ballet for the New Audience
- Brick Church School, New York, NY
- Brearley School, New York, NY
- The Buckley School, New York, NY
- Claremont Children’s School, New York, NY
- The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY
For more information, please contact Dennis Walters, Director of Educational Outreach, at (212) 477-3030, ext. 1065,
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The program is supported by a generous lead gift from Lisa Cashin
with additional funding provided by Vivian B. Chambers, Brenda DePaola,
Diane DiMenna and Elizabeth Kahane.
Thanks and praise for BNA:
“It was a
truly wonderful experience. The workshop is by far the best
I’ve seen as an educator for the past 13 years.”
Dianne Williams, M.S., Assistant Director, Claremont Children's
|“You mirror our belief that
every child can find a way to succeed if we address their strengths
and build on them.”
Blanche G. Mansfield, Head of Lower School, The Nightingale-Bamford