"The aim at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is to provide superb ballet training to our students. Our teaching embraces sound principles; the knowledge which the student can use towards the goal of a long and healthy career."
- Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy
The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
is a pre-professional ballet training program for students,
ages 12-18. Under the direction of Artistic
Director Cynthia Harvey, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated
to the success of each student. Admission is by audition
The curriculum of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO)
School is the American Ballet Theatre National Training
Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements
from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of
training. Consistent with the stylistic requirements of
ABT, the ABT JKO School aims to provide dancers with a rich
knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt
to all styles and techniques of dance.
Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, men’s and women’s variations, pas de deux, character dance, modern, Pilates, men’s strength training, music and dance history. In addition, students participate in the JKO
Wellness Lecture Series, designed to educate the ABT JKO
School students on subjects facing aspiring professional
dancers. Lecture topics include Nutrition, Women’s
Health, Stress Management, Strength Training, and Resume
Writing/ Career Preparation.
The ABT JKO School is also proud to announce our newly
expanded Wellness Program as part of our Healthy Dancer
Curriculum. This initiative focuses on addressing both the
physical and psychological needs of our ballet students
through a series of professionally run workshops.
Led by Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, the faculty of
the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School includes members
of ABT’s Artistic Staff, ABT alumni and other prominent
teachers. Learn more about our faculty by clicking on the
Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, ABT JKO School
Ethan Stiefel, Principal Guest Instructor
, Mikhail Ilyin
Robert La Fosse
with guests Lupe Serrano
Amanda McKerrow, Martine van Hamel
and other ABT luminaries
Each class at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
is accompanied by one of our accomplished pianists:
Michael Cherry, Principal ABT JKO School Pianist
Stephanie Chun, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Misha Golubitsky,
Marco Jimenez, James Kost, Sofiya Leavsie, Dmitry Polischuk, Tim Prepscius, Victor See Yuen, Lauren Shapiro, Mathew Sheridan, Mihoko Suzuki, Laura Tishchenko, Mira Tsidulko
Levels and Schedules:
The school follows a specific graded curriculum, divided
by age, which is outlined in the American Ballet Theatre
National Training Curriculum. Each level is designed to
be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group.
Class size is limited. The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
School schedule is intended to accommodate the academic
schedules of our students. Click here for 2017-2018 class schedules.
Tuition and Scholarships:
are awarded based on merit only and are extremely competitive. There is no financial aid
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year will be
Graduates of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School have gone on to dance with a number of domestic and international companies, including American Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet.
To see a full list of ABT JKO School Alumni and their current companies, please click here.
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