Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Photo: Mikaela Kelly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Where is the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School located?
A: The ABT JKO School is located at American Ballet Theatre, 890 Broadway between 19th and 20th streets at The Lawrence A. Wein Center for Dance and Theater. An elevator will take you a receptionist on the 3rd floor upon your arrival.

Q: What qualifications are necessary to register for Children’s Division classes?
A: Our goal is to create engaging, appropriate and challenging classrooms for all students in the program while adhering to the guidelines for age and the development of students in ABT’s National Training Curriculum.

Auditions are not necessary for Pre-Primary and Primary A, B, and C (ages 3-7). When registering a first-time student for Pre-Primary through Primary C, we ask that you contact our staff prior to registration. Based on the student’s date of birth, our staff will recommend the most appropriate level for the student to enroll in. All registration takes place online through the student portal and is first come first served.  Space is limited.

All students interested in enrolling in Level 1A through Level 3 (ages 8-12) must participate in one of the Children’s Division open auditions. Students will be placed by the faculty into the appropriate level of the program upon acceptance to the program.

Q. How is the school year organized for the Children’s Division?
A. The Children’s Division has both a fall semester and a spring semester. The fall semester begins in September shortly after Labor Day and ends in December for winter recess. The spring semester runs from January to the end of May. Students must enroll for the entire year (September-May).

Q: Can students still register once the school year begins?
A: Registration for the 2017-2018 school year (September-May) for new students will begin in June 2017. Given space availability in the program, parents are encouraged to enroll their dancer during the summer registration period. A limited number of students may be given the opportunity to register mid-year (beginning January 2018), pending availability in the program.

Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. There is a strict dress code for each level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. In order to accurately instruct students in executing proper classical ballet technique, the positions of the legs, feet, and torso must be visible. The physical transition of changing into dance clothes assists students in making the mental transition to focusing on the body that is essential to a successful learning environment. The uniform now includes leotards from International Dance Supplies.

IDS Leotards may be purchased only at the ABT JKO School or on the ABT website. Tights, shoes and character skirts can be purchased at any local dancewear store, and are not carried or available for purchase at the ABT JKO School.  Students who are not in dress code (this includes having hair properly done for class) may be asked to either fix their attire, or sit out and observe class for that day.

Additionally, for the safety and etiquette of the ballet class, only small pierced earrings (post-style) may be worn.  No other jewelry including necklaces, watches, bracelets or rings may be worn during class.  No facial jewelry (nose rings, etc.).

Girls’ hair must be secured in a neat bun for ballet class using pins and a hair net.  The bun will keep hair out of eyes, off of the neck and will allow for proper spotting.  All students at the ABT JKO School should have their hair in a high ballet bun, without a part, braids or twists.  Small, flowers, bows and/or clips are acceptable.

Q: How are students in the Children’s Division evaluated?
A: Every student will receive two written progress reports during the academic year.  The first evaluation offers parents and students a means to assess and discuss their participation, progress and physical effort.  The evaluation is also a means for the faculty to share expectations for the remainder of the year and for students to self-reflect on their level of participation, attention to details and expression of artistic experience.

Q. Are classes open to observation throughout the school year?
A. No. Parents and outside guests cannot observe weekly classes, as it’s disruptive to both the teacher and the students. One week in each semester is set aside for parent observation.

Q: Do students participate in a final performance?
A: All ABT JKO School Children’s Division students have the opportunity to participate in the annual spring performance during the second semester. As the spring performance is optional, it does not affect a student’s participation in examinations, classes or progression throughout the school’s training ladder.

Additionally, students may have the opportunity to participate in productions throughout American Ballet Theatre’s spring performance season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Q. Is financial aid offered?
A. No. There is no financial aid offered for the Children’s Division. Scholarships are awarded based on merit only. Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance to the program at the discretion of the Artistic Faculty. All students are taken into consideration for scholarships. There is no formal application process. Scholarships are extremely limited.

Q. How do I make a tuition payment?
A. Secure online tuition payments can be made using major credit cards through the online student site. Tuition payments can also be paid via check made payable to American Ballet Theatre. All questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Training Programs Bursar at bursar@abt.org or at 212-477-3030 ext.1060.

Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
A. Email jkochildren@abt.org or call the ABT JKO School Hotline at 212-477-3030 ext. 3339. All current students should also report their absences here.