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 the Primary Levels (ages
3-8) of the Children’s Division. 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
All students interested in enrolling in Levels 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 2016-2017 school year (September-May)
for new students will begin in June 2016. 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 examinations.
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
IDS leotards can be purchased at the ABT JKO School and
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 ABT JKO School.
- Pre-Primary and Primary A:
- Primary B:
- Primary C:
- Level 1A and 1B:
- Level 2:
- Level 3:
- Level 4:
- 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.
Q: How are students in the Children’s Division
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 during the spring semester
in the form of an 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. 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
Q: Do students participate in a final performance?
A: All ABT JKO School Children’s Division students
have the option of participating in a 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 212-477-3030 ext.1060.
Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
A. Email email@example.com
or call the ABT JKO School Hotline at 212-477-3030 ext.
3339. All current students should also report their absences