Q: Where is the JKO School located?
A: The 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 to 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.
Primary classes (ages 3-8) are open enrollment and no prior
experience is necessary. When registering a first-time student
for the Primary levels, we ask that you contact our staff
prior to registration. Based on the student’s date
of birth and previous experience, our staff will recommend
the most appropriate level for the student to enroll in.
All students interested in enrolling in Level 1A and above
(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.
Students will be evaluated at the end of the school year,
at which time they will be pre-placed for the next school
year. In our experience, many students need to stay at the
same level for as many as two years in order to achieve
the proficiency needed to move on and thrive in the next.
Additionally, students may be moved to a higher or lower
level at the discretion of the faculty at any point during
Q. How is the school year organized for the Children’s
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);
students may not register for only one semester.
Q: Can students still register once the school
A: No. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year (September-May)
will begin in June 2014. Given space availability in the
program, parents are encouraged to enroll their dancer during
the summer registration period. January/mid-year enrollment
is not a possibility for the Children’s Division as
students spend all year preparing for their end-of-year
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. There is a strict dress code for each level of the
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
IDS leotards can be purchased at the JKO School and on
Dance and Shop through the ABT Gift Shop on the ABT website.
Tights, shoes, and character skirts can be purchased at
any local dancewear store, and are not carried/available
for purchase at the JKO School.
- Pre-Primary and Primary A:
- Primary B:
- Primary C:
- Level 1A and 1B:
- Level 2A and 2B:
- Level 3A and 3B:
- Level 4A and 4B:
- All Children's Division Boys:
- All Character Students (Girls):
- Above listed uniform,
black character (circle) skirt, black character shoes (1"
For the safety and etiquette of the ballet class, only small pierced
earrings may be worn. No other jewelry including necklaces, watches,
bracelets, and rings may be worn during class. Girls’ hair
must be secured in a neat bun for ballet class. The bun will keep
hair out of their eyes and off of the neck, and will allow for proper
spotting technique during turns.
Q: How are students in the Children’s Division evaluated?
A: Every student will receive a written evaluation following
the fall semester. For our young dancers, this process provides
an opportunity to receive the acknowledgement of their physical
efforts and feedback from an ABT master teacher. A second
evaluation report will be given at the end of the spring
semester in the form of an end-of-year examination. Based
upon examination results and faculty recommendations, students
are pre-placed for the next school year. Students can spend
as many as 1-2 years per level based on progress.
Q. Are classes open to observation throughout the
A. No. Unfortunately, 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 JKO School Children’s Division Students have
the option of participating in a Spring Performance during
the second semester. Pre-Primary through Level 1B perform
at the end of the semester at Frank Sinatra School of the
Arts in Astoria, Queens and Levels 2A and above are invited
to perform alongside the JKO School’s Pre-Professional
Division and ABT’s Studio Company at their major spring
Additionally, students may have the opportunity to audition
for ABT’s production of The Nutcracker and
other productions throughout ABT’s 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, so it is
not necessary to apply.
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. Details about
the student site will be emailed to accepted students only.
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 212-477-3030
Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
A. Email email@example.com or call the JKO School Hotline
at 212-477-3030 ext. 3339. All current students should also
report their absences here.