American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company is a classical
ensemble made up of 14 dancers of outstanding potential.
The mission of ABT Studio Company is to train young dancers
(ages 16-20) in preparation for entering American Ballet
Theatre’s main Company or other leading national and
international professional ballet companies. The program
serves as a bridge between ballet training and professional
Under the Artistic Direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin
McKenzie and Studio Company Director Kate Lydon, members
of this pre-professional training program will participate
in an extensive schedule of classes and rehearsals including
classical ballet technique, pointe, partnering, men’s
technique, character, modern, variations, mime and acting,
dance history, ABT’s National Training Curriculum,
Pilates and men’s strength training. Workshops in
composition, nutrition, women’s health, stress management,
injury prevention and audition preparation are also included
in the curriculum.
ABT Studio Company dancers will work closely with members of ABT’s
Artistic Staff and guest faculty to learn ABT repertoire and other
masterworks by noted choreographers including George Balanchine,
Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor and
Jerome Robbins as well as emerging classical and contemporary choreographers.
Dancers in ABT Studio Company will gain performance experience through
residencies, cultural exchanges and regional touring.
In order to reach the widest possible audience, ABT is dedicated
to developing the next generation of audience members. Participation
in outreach programs for children and other selected groups is an
important part of the ABT Studio Company mission. ABT Studio Company
acts as ABT’s principal outreach arm by participating in educational
and outreach programs throughout New York City and beyond.
ABT Artistic faculty members for this program will include:
Kevin McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Susan Jones,
Julie Kent, Jessica Lang, Carlos Lopez, Raymond Lukens,
Kate Lydon, Clarice Marshall, Keith Sabado, Gennadi Saveliev,
Lupe Serrano and Martine Van Hamel.
Guest teachers have included: Marcelo Gomes, Allegra Kent,
Diana Byer, Lisa Viola, Adrienne Hurd, and Darla Hoover.
ABT Studio Company dancers will train at the ABT Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis School Monday through Friday from 10:00am-5:30pm.
More than half of the dancers in ABT’s main Company
started their career in ABT Studio Company, including Principal
Dancers Herman Cornejo, David Hallberg, Hee Seo and Cory
Stearns and Soloists Isabella Boylston, Yuriko Kajiya and
Jared Matthews. Dancers from ABT Studio Company have also
gone on to join such notable companies as Boston Ballet,
Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, The
Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Orlando Ballet,
Alberta Ballet and The Royal Ballet.