The Children's Division Bridge Class, under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Cynthia Harvey, is a two-year program that identifies young talented dancers of color, ages 8-10, for the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. The class provides a bridge from ABT to the New York City community and also serves to identify and train talented young students with potential for careers in dance.
Classes are held weekly at the ABT studios, allowing students from the New York City area to train with ABT JKO School faculty while maintaining strong ties to the schools and/or community programs in which they are currently enrolled.
Students who train at one of our Project Plié Partner Schools are eligible to audition for this program. Students can also be nominated to audition by an ABT Certified Teacher or an ABT Teaching Artist. Those accepted into the two-year program are provided with a tuition scholarship, ABT JKO School uniform, shoes and travel assistance.
Twenty-two students participated in the inaugural ABT JKO School Children's Division Bridge Class during the 2015-2016 school year. At the completion of year one, eight students were invited to matriculate into the Children's Division for full-time study.
For more information, please contact Diversity and Inclusion for Education and Training Coordinator Emily Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Partner Schools include:
There are currently 14 children, 6 girls and 8 boys, in the 2016-2017 ABT JKO School Children's Division Bridge Class.
Photos by Travis Magee.
On March 21, 2016 the ABT JKO School Children's Division Bridge Class performed for the Project Plié Advisory Committee and special guests during a presentation on the Project Plié initiative.
Photos by Erin Baiano.