ABT: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I audition for ABT Studio Company?
A: Currently, ABT Studio Company is accepting video auditions only. Please see the auditions page for more information.

Q: Can I audition during the ABT Summer Intensive?
A: Students attending the ABT Summer Intensive in New York may audition during the course of the program. Those students auditioning will be notified of audition results at the end of the program. The Summer Intensive audition CANNOT be used as an audition for ABT Studio Company.

Q: Is it necessary to attend the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in order to be selected for ABT Studio Company?
A: While it is not necessary for dancers to attend the ABT JKO School, we strongly recommended that students interested in joining ABT Studio Company consider training at the ABT JKO School.

Q: How do students in ABT Studio Company continue their academic education?
A: ABT Studio Company members train at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Monday through Friday from 10:00am– 5:30pm. Dancers in ABT Studio Company can continue their education through correspondence or online courses, sometimes with their home schools. Some academic options include:

  • 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: Do you offer housing accommodations for your students?

A: ABT Studio Company does not provide housing accommodations. Upon acceptance, the company 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: What is the daily schedule for Studio Company dancer?
A: ABT Studio Company members train at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Monday through Friday from 1:00am -5:30pm, approximately 36 hours per week. Classes include technique, rehearsal, partnering, classical variations, Pilates, Enrichment Lectures/ Workshops, dance history, modern, Character, and National Training Curriculum.

Q: Are international students required to have an Artist Visa or a Work Visa for this program?
A: No, international dancers accepted to this program can participate with an F-1 Student Visa.