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Summer Intensive

The ABT Summer Intensive Program

“The mission of ABT’s Summer Intensive is to cultivate a universal understanding of the art form at its highest level, emphasizing not only the importance of high quality and brilliant technique, but also dance as an expressive vehicle to create art.”
-Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director

 

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. Under the supervision of ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Artistic Director of Summer Intensives Melissa Allen Bowman, the program offers top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. Class size will be limited. Students participate in a minimum of four classes per day with ABT’s renowned faculty, and enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes exposure to ABT artists, history and repertory. The ABT Summer Intensive focuses on developing well-rounded dancers by exposure to a wide variety of disciplines with an emphasis on classical ballet technique and key elements of ABT’s National Training Curriculum.

Curriculum:
The curriculum of the 2014 ABT Summer Intensive will include both high level technique classes and lecture courses on subjects critical to the development of a complete dancer. ABT’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile rather than stylized, who are thus prepared to work with any company. Classes for the 2014 Summer Intensive may include:

Ballet Technique
Pointe
Partnering
Variations
Men’s Technique
Men’s Variations
Modern
Nutrition
Acting for Dancers/Mime
Musical Theater
Jazz
Character
Dance History
Yoga
Meet the Artist
Music
Injury Prevention
Pilates


Though some lecture offerings may vary by site, the daily structure and curriculum of all Summer Intensive programs is identical. Students take four classes a day, including technique and pointe or pas de deux every day followed by classes listed above. In addition, dancers have rehearsals or choreography sessions on occasional evenings. Dancers in each Summer Intensive have the opportunity to perform in a final performance showcasing selections from ABT’s repertoire and new choreography created during the program.

Faculty:
ABT’s 2014 Summer Intensive students will be exposed to a level of training unmatched by any other summer program. The faculty will consist of ABT artistic staff, ABT alumni, guest teachers and accomplished pianists. Summer Intensive instructors include:

KEVIN McKENZIE, ABT Artistic Director
MELISSA ALLEN BOWMAN, Artistic Director of Summer Intensives and
Assistant Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT
FRANCO DE VITA, Artistic Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT
KATE LYDON, Director, ABT Studio Company

Faculty will be announced shortly, please check back for details. Thank you.

Staff:
Heidi Gunter, Director, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
Elizabeth Aymong, Summer Intensive Manager
Naomi Gewanter, Summer Intensive Coordinator
Caitlin Williams, Summer Intensive Assistant
 
Scholarships:
American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the 2014 Summer Intensive. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no application process. American Ballet Theatre will notify scholarship recipients at the time of acceptance. ABT is unable to offer financial aid at this time.

ABT National Training Program:
The goal of the National Training Program is to encourage young dancers to continue their dance training and complete their academic education in their home communities. To accomplish this goal, ABT awards scholarships to a small number of promising young dancers, ages 12-18, after participating in the ABT Summer Intensive. Scholarships cover the full cost of Summer Intensive tuition, as well as a portion of students’ summer housing and year-round training expenses. The dancers are required to attend the Summer Intensive program again the following summer. There is no application process for this program. National Training Scholars are chosen each year from the student body of the ABT Summer Intensives, and are notified by mail after the Nominating Committee meets in the Fall.
 
2013-2014 National Training Scholars:
We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s National Training Program Scholarships. They are:

Austen Acevedo, Katie Buckmiller^, Zimmi Coker, Breanne Granlund^, Chloe Hebdon, Carter Holder, Remi Nakano, Mimari Shide, Alexandra Smith, Jack Wolff^

Congratulations to them all!

^ Bender Foundation Scholar

Alumni:
ABT Summer Intensive Alumni have gone on to have successful careers with American Ballet Theatre and ABT’s Studio Company.

David Hallberg (Principal), Kristi Boone (Soloist), Isabella Boylston (Soloist), Misty Copeland (Soloist), Jared Matthews (Soloist), Craig Salstein (Soloist), Sterling Baca (Corps De Ballet), Alexandra Basmagy (Corps de Ballet), Julio Bragado-Young (Corps de Ballet), Skylar Brandt (Corps de Ballet), Nicola Curry (Corps de Ballet), Claire Davison (Corps de Ballet), Brittany DeGrofft (Corps de Ballet), April Giangeruso (Corps de Ballet), Joseph Gorak (Corps de Ballet), Nicole Graniero (Corps de Ballet), Melanie Hamrick (Corps de Ballet), Blaine Hoven (Corps de Ballet), Gabrielle Johnson (Corps de Ballet), Isadora Loyola (Corps de Ballet), Kaho Ogawa (Corps de Ballet), Patrick Ogle (Corps de Ballet), Lauren Post (Corps de Ballet), Calvin Royal III (Corps de Ballet), Arron Scott (Corps de Ballet), Gabe Stone Shayer (Corps de Ballet), Eric Tamm (Corps de Ballet), Devon Teuscher (Corps de Ballet), Cassandra Trenary (Corps de Ballet), Paulina Waski (Corps de Ballet), Katherine Williams (Corps de Ballet), Lily Wisdom (Corps de Ballet), Roman Zhurbin (Corps de Ballet), Patrick Frenette (Apprentice), Catherine Hurlin (Apprentice), Pascal Knopp (Apprentice), Hannah Marshall (Apprentice), Alexandra Pullen (Apprentice), Hanna Bass (Studio Company), Lauren Bonfiglio (Studio Company), Katerina Eng (Studio Company), Scout Forsythe (Studio Company), Courtlyn Hanson (Studio Company), Emily Hayes (Studio Company), Tyler Maloney (Studio Company), Oliver Oguma (Studio Company), Nathan Vendt (Studio Company)