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Make a Ballet on Tour
The centerpiece of American Ballet Theatre’s education and outreach initiatives is its award-winning Make a Ballet program. The program helps to meet the needs for arts education in underserved schools and communities, as well as introduces students to all aspects of the creative and administrative theatrical experience.

Make a Ballet was first launched at The Frederick Douglass Academy in central Harlem in 1997 and has reached nine schools since its launch. Currently, Make a Ballet is serving six schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Make a Ballet offers students the opportunity to design, choreograph, construct, produce, and perform their own original performance piece. They work under the tutelage of ABT Teaching Artists, all of whom are professionals in their field, and school faculty.

In addition to exposing students to classical dance and building future audiences, Make a Ballet emphasizes career opportunities in the arts, onstage and backstage, as well as helping the students develop valuable life skills.

In response to the success of Make a Ballet , American Ballet Theatre launched a national model, Make a Ballet on Tour, in April 2005 during American Ballet Theatre’s performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Los Angeles Music Center.

In the pilot year of Make a Ballet on Tour, approximately five hundred students had a hands-on experience with American Ballet Theatre. This intensive residency culminated in a performance of an original retelling of the classic romantic ballet Giselle. Sets, costumes, and choreography were created under the tutelage of American Ballet Theatre’s Teaching Artists.

The guiding principle of the program is to utilize the creative process in all aspects of the residency. ABT relies on five specific tools to guide students throughout the process: exposure, foundations, creative practice, revision, and performance. Each student participates in two arts disciplines: dance and design.

During the residency, students use their knowledge of the ballet’s story to develop characters and radiate intentions, build on their foundations in dance technique, improvise and solve plot problems through creative practice, and learn valuable time management skills in revision and preparation for performance. At the program’s end, students present a final showing of the work in front of their peers. During this showing and sharing, students respond to performances through discussion and reflective writing.

Past Make a Ballet on Tour Schools
Winter, 2006-2007, Washington, D.C.
Amidon Elementary School
Eaton Elementary School
Brent Elementary School
Sacred Heart School
Spring, 2005: Los Angeles Unified School District
Pacoima Middle School
Millikan Middle School
Bancroft Middle School
Marina del Ray Middle School
Winter, 2005, Washington, D.C
Arts and Technology Public Charter School
Eaton Elementary School
Malcolm X Elementary School
Miner Elementary School
Spring, 2006, Orange County, CA
Westmont Elementary School
University High School
Northwood High School
Ball Junior High School

In the coming years, Make a Ballet on Tour will expand to include other cities, mirroring the tour of ABT’s main company. Future cities will include:

Washington, D.C. December, 2007
Chicago, IL April, 2008
Miami, FL March, 2008
Los Angeles, CA April, 2008
Orange County, CA TBA

If you an educator in one of these areas, and are interested in having Make a Ballet on Tour come to your school, please download the following letter and application and return your request to ABT.

Click here for the MAB on Tour Application

For more information about the ABT's Make a Ballet program, please contact Dennis Walters at (212) 477-3030, ext. 3264 or by e-mail at dwalters@abt.org.

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