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ABT Page to Stage Poetry Contest


This year, American Ballet Theatre gave New York City fourth and fifth grade students the opportunity to provide the inspiration for an ABT dance! Students were asked to submit entries to the ABT Page to Stage Poetry Contest, a competition in search of inspiration for an original ballet to be staged at the Metropolitan Opera House!

ABT received over 200 responses to the ABT Page to Stage Poetry Contest. Fourth and fifth grade students from all over the five boroughs have told us about “What Makes Them Move?” A panel of ABT judges read through each poem and selected fourteen Semi-Finalists.

Fourteen semi-finalists were selected and passed on to the five members of the Voices and Visions: The Altria/ABT Women’s Choreography Project, under the tutelage and direction of Stephen Pier. Each choreographer chose a poem that inspired them individually and created their own dances. The five selected poems and the dances that were created on them were featured on the MET stage at this year’s Young People’s Ballet Workshop.

Congratulations to all the New York City students who participated in this contest!
The 5 winning students are:

Anslem Cambridge P.S. 208 Brooklyn
Sylvia Kahn-Levitt P.S. 24 Bronx
Kyon Cherri Kitt P.S. 37 Manhattan
Nicole Ousmanova P.S. 24 Bronx
Avril Simon P.S. 208 Brooklyn

Click here for a listing of the fourteen Semi-finalists and their poems.