Q: Can foreign students enroll in the ABT
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School has the necessary
accreditation to enroll international students, ages 17
and older. Prospective international students should begin
by submitting a
Q: What qualifications are necessary to apply to
the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy
A: Students must have a strong base in ballet training and
the physical prerequisite to sustain the strain of intense
professional training. Acceptance to the school is by audition
only. Students entering Level 5 must already be on pointe.
Q: Do you offer housing accommodations for your students?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School DOES
NOT provide dormitories. Upon acceptance the
school provides a resource list to help non-local students
find appropriate housing. Out-of-town students should expect
to spend (on average) $1,000/ month for New York City housing
as well as an additional $500/ month for living expenses.
Q: How do the students at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis School continue their academic education?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School schedule is
intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students.
The students at the school continue their education in a
variety of ways. Some enroll in local schools, while others
complete their coursework through correspondence with either
their home school or an online university. Some academic
- Professional Children’s School (grades 6-12)
- Professional Performing Arts School (grades 9-12)
- Laurel Springs (Distance Learning Program for K-12)
- University of Nebraska – Lincoln Independent Study
High School (Distance Learning Program)
- Indiana University High School (Distance Learning Program)
- The Keystone School (Online Middle and High School)
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. There is a strict dress code for each level of the
ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. The uniform now includes
leotards from International
Dance Supplies. Uniforms are available for purchase
at ABT, and specific uniform information will be provided
upon acceptance to the program.
Q: Approximately how many hours per week are students in
class? What do students study?
A: Students in all levels attend classes 5 days/ week. Total class
time per week is as follows:
- Level 5 – 14.5 hours (This includes daily technique
class, as well as Pointe, Character Class, Dance History,
- Level 6 – 17.5 hours (This includes daily technique
class, as well as Pilates, Variations, Partnering, Character,
Pointe, Variations, Men’s Strengthening, Dance History
- Level 7– 27 hours (This includes daily technique
class, daily rehearsal, as well as Partnering, Variations,
Pilates, Enrichment/ Wellness Lectures, Character, Pointe,
Men’s Strengthening, and Modern.)
Q: What is the tuition for the year?
A: Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is as follows:
$5,000 for students in the Level 5; $6,000 for students
in Level 6, and $7,500 for students in Levels 7.
Q: Is financial aid offered?
A: Scholarships are awarded based on merit only. All scholarships
are awarded at the time of acceptance to the program.
Q: Do students participate in a final gala or performance?
A: The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School does have one
major performance each spring where all students have the
opportunity to perform both ABT repertory and original choreography
by the faculty. In addition, select students are chosen
for various performance opportunities throughout the year.
Past performances include: ABT’s Opening Night Gala
at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Millennium Stage at
the Kennedy Center, Saks Fifth Avenue Window Unveiling,
Guggenheim Works and Process and the Lincoln Center Institute.
Students are also given the opportunity to appear in ABT’s
production of The Nutcracker (choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky),
and as supernumeries throughout the ABT season at the Met.