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The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
at American Ballet Theatre

Registration for the 2013-2014 school year is now closed.
If you have any questions, please contact jkochildren@abt.org.
 

Schedules and fees for 2013-2014 are now posted below.

Children's Division

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children's Division is a ballet program for children ages 4-12 that promotes discipline and creativity while encouraging each child to reach their highest potential. Classes focus on building a solid foundation in ballet technique with an emphasis on proper placement and safe progressions of movement while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.

Faculty:
Led by Franco De Vita, Artistic Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and Melissa Allen Bowman, Assistant Principal, the faculty of the Children’s Division includes members of ABT’s Artistic Staff, ABT alumni, and graduates of the ABT/NYU Masters Program in Ballet Pedagogy. Every faculty member of the JKO School Children’s Division is certified in all levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum . Learn more about our faculty by clicking on the links below.

Franco De Vita, Artistic Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Melissa Allen Bowman, Assistant Principal and Director of Children’s Division

Sophie Alpern, Alexis Andrews, Jenna Bitterman, Rodica Bordeianu,
Richard Bowman,Carla Flores, Carmela Gallace, Kari Gonthier,
Mikhail Ilyin, Meghan Love, Flavio Salazar, Richard Toda


Accompanists:
Each class at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is accompanied by one of our accomplished pianists:

Michael Cherry, Mandy Chiu, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Misha Golubitsky,
Allan Greene, Sofiya Leavsie, Dmitry Polischuk, Lidiya Popelyash, Mira Tsidulko, Mihoko Suzuki

Levels and Schedules

The School follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group. Class size is limited. The curriculum combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Students must attend all classes listed for their level. Primary classes are open enrollment and no prior experience is necessary. Classes for Level 1A and above require an audition.

Schedules and fees for 2013-2014 Children’s Division classes are posted below.
Please keep in mind the age ranges for the levels below are given as guidelines. Students will be placed by the JKO School’s Artistic Faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition.

2013-2014 class levels, schedules and fees are as follows:

Pre-Primary (ages 3-4) Tuition: $1,000
Section 3  
Wed, 1:30-2:15pm  
Pre-Primary (ages 4-5) Tuition: $1,000
Section 1 Section 2
Sat, 11:45am-12:30pm Wed, 3:30-4:15pm
Primary A (ages 5-6) Tuition: $1,200
Section 1 Section 2
Sat, 9:00-10:00am Sat, 10:20 – 11:20am
Primary B (ages 6-7) Tuition: $1,200
Section 1 Section 2
Sat, 9:30 – 10:30am Sat, 12:45 – 1:45pm
Primary C (ages 7-8) Tuition: $1,200
Section 1 Section 2
Sat, 9:00 – 10:00am Sat, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Level 1A (ages 8-10) Tuition: $2,400
Section 1 Section 2
Mon, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Sat, 9:15 – 10:45am
****Sat, 11:00am – 12:00pm Boys Only
Mon, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Tues, 5:30 – 7:00pm
****Sat, 11:00am - 12:00pm Boys Only
Level 1B (ages 8-10) Tuition: $2,400
Section 1 Section 2
Wed, 4:30 – 6:00pm
Saturday, 9:15 – 10:45am
****Sat, 11:00am – 12:00pm Boys Only
Mon, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Tues, 4:30 – 6:00pm
****Sat, 11:00am – 12:00pm Boys Only
Level 2A (ages 9-11) Tuition: $2,400
Section 1
Section 2
Mon, 6;00 – 7:30pm
Thurs, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
****Sat, 1:00– 2:00pm Boys Only
Mon, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Sat, 11:15am – 12:45pm
*Either Section of Level 2A Plus optional Character Class Tuition: $3,100
Mon, 5:00 – 6:00pm  
Level 2B (ages 9-11) Tuition: $3,100
Mon, 4:30 – 6:00pm
Thurs, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Sat, 9:00 – 10:30am
****Sat, 1:00– 2:00pm Boys Only
 
*Level 2B Plus optional Character Class Tuition: $3,800
Thurs, 5:00 – 6:00pm  
Level 3A (ages 10+) Tuition: $3,800
Mon, 4:30 – 6:00pm
**Mon, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wed, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Sat, 10:45-12:45pm
****Sat, 1:00-2:00pm Boys Only
 
Level 3B (ages 10+) Tuition: $3,800
Mon, 4:30 – 6:00pm
**Mon, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Thurs, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Sat, 9:00-11:00am
****Sat, 1:00-2:00pm Boys Only
 
Level 4A (ages 11+) Tuition: $3,800
Mon, 4:30 – 6:00pm
**Wed, **4:30 – 5:30pm
Wed, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Thurs, 6:00 – 7:30pm
 
Level 4B (ages 11+) Tuition: $4,550
Tues, 5:30 – 7:30pm
**Wed, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Wed, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Fri, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Sat, 11:30am – 1:30pm
 
   


* Students in Levels 2A and 2B have the option to attend a Character dance class in addition to their technique classes.

**Students in Levels 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B attend a mandatory Character dance class in addition to their technique classes.

***At least one weekly technique class for Levels 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B students will include one half-hour of beginning pointe work.

****Boys in Level 1A and up have the option to attend a weekly one-hour boys class in addition to their technique classes.