ABT: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE



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Auditions and Admission

Acceptance to the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is by audition only. A student can audition for the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in one of the following ways:

1.) Class Audition
You can arrange to take a class at your age level taught by Franco De Vita, Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Class auditions are held only while the school is in session (September through May), and are subject to the ABT JKO School rehearsal/ class schedules as well as the Artistic Director's teaching schedule.

Please contact Katherine Currier, ABT JKO School Assistant, at jkoschool@abt.org or call (212) 477-3030, ext 3339 to schedule an audition.

2.) Video Audition
If you are unable to attend an audition in person, you may apply for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School by video application. Videos should be 10-15 minutes in length.

With the video, please send: video application (click on the above link), one letter of recommendation from a current ballet instructor, a photograph in first arabesque, a headshot or school photo, and $20 audition fee.

Audition fee can be paid via checks/ money orders or credit card. Checks/ money orders should be made payable to American Ballet Theatre. Credit card payments should be submitted via the following credit card authorization form.

Video auditions are accepted year-round, and should be emailed to jkoschool@abt.org or mailed to the following address:

American Ballet Theatre
Attn: ABT JKO School - Auditions
890 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Video auditions that do not follow the guidelines above will be considered incomplete, and will be ineligible for consideration.

3.) Summer Intensive
Students attending the ABT Summer Intensives may audition during the course of the various programs, pending the submission of a parental consent form. Those students auditioning at the Summer Intensive sites will be notified of audition results at the end of their respective programs. The Summer Intensive Audition CANNOT be used as an audition for the ABT JKO School.

4.) Open Audition – Level 5 ONLY
This audition class will be used for placement in both our Children’s Division and Pre-Professional Division. Following the audition, accepted students will be placed by the artistic faculty into the appropriate level of our program. Students attending this audition must already be en pointe.

There is no open audition for Levels 6 and 7 of the Pre-Professional Division. Dancers who are interested in being considered for either of those levels should audition in one of the above three ways.

Dancers attending the open audition should bring with them an informal headshot or school photo as well as a $15 audition fee (cash, check, or credit card). The audition below will include a full technique class (barre, center, across the floor and pointe work).

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 12:00pmRegistration begins for ages 12 - 14*
1:00 - 2:30pmAudition class for ages 12 - 14*
*Must remain 14 through December 1, 2015
Location: 890 Broadway, New York, NY
ABT JKO School, 4th floor


Pre-registration is recommended for all students interested in attending the open audition.

ABT JKO School June 6 Pre-Registration

Students who do not pre-register may register the day of the audition and pay via cash, credit card or check payable to American Ballet Theatre.

Dress Code for Open Auditions
Girls: Girls should wear full-length pink tights and a solid color leotard with ballet slippers. Bring pointe shoes.
Boys: Boys should wear white leotard or t-shirt, black tights and ballet slippers.


Photo: Erin Baiano.