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 Kate Lydon, 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.
The curriculum of the 2017 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 2017 Summer Intensive
Acting for Dancers/Mime
Meet the Artist
Though some lecture offerings may vary by site, the daily
structure and curriculum of all Summer Intensive programs
is identical. Students take a minimum of four classes per
day, consisting of daily technique and pointe, followed
by the supplemental classes listed above. In addition, dancers
may have rehearsals on occasional evenings for a final performance
showcasing selections from ABT’s repertoire.
ABT's 2017 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
KATE LYDON, Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company and Summer Intensives
KEVIN McKENZIE, ABT Artistic Director
Elizabeth Aymong, Director, Summer Intensive
Naomi Gewanter, Summer Intensive Manager
Amber Bennett, Summer Intensive Assistant
American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and
partial scholarships to the 2017 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 National Training Scholar 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.
2016-2017 National Training Scholars:
We are pleased to announce the following recipients of this
year’s National Training Program Scholarships:
Sarah Adkins, Madison Brown, Arianna Crosato Neumann, Sheridan Guerin, Spencer Lenain, Juliet Marinello, Chloe Misseldine, Andrew Robare, Eric Snyder, Veridy Treu
Congratulations to them all!
ABT Summer Intensive Alumni have gone on to have successful
careers with American Ballet Theatre and ABT's Studio Company.
Isabella Boylston (Principal), Misty Copeland (Principal), David Hallberg (Principal), Devon Teuscher (Principal), Skylar Brandt (Soloist), Joseph Gorak (Soloist), Blaine Hoven (Soloist), Calvin Royal III (Soloist), Craig Salstein (Soloist), Arron Scott (Soloist), Cassandra Trenary (Soloist), Roman Zhurbin (Soloist), Alexandra Basmagy (Corps de Ballet), Hanna Bass (Corps de Ballet), Aran Bell (Corps de Ballet), Lauren Bonfiglio (Corps de Ballet), Kathryn Boren (Corps de Ballet), Claire Davison (Corps de Ballet), Brittany DeGrofft (Corps de Ballet), Scout Forsythe (Corps de Ballet), Patrick Frenette (Corps de Ballet), April Giangeruso (Corps de Ballet), Breanne Granlund (Corps de Ballet), Melanie Hamrick (Corps de Ballet), Courtlyn Hanson (Corps de Ballet), Connor Holloway (Corps de Ballet), Catherine Hurlin (Corps de Ballet), Anabel Katsnelson (Corps de Ballet), Erica Lall (Corps de Ballet), Carolyn Lippert (Corps de Ballet), Isadora Loyola (Corps de Ballet), Tyler Maloney (Corps de Ballet), Hannah Marshall (Corps de Ballet), Betsy McBride (Corps de Ballet), Kaho Ogawa (Corps de Ballet), Lauren Post (Corps de Ballet), Gabe Stone Shayer (Corps de Ballet), Courtney Shealy (Corps de Ballet), Nathan Vendt (Corps de Ballet), Paulina Waski (Corps de Ballet), Katherine Williams (Corps de Ballet), Remy Young (Corps de Ballet), Sierra Armstrong (Apprentice), Zimmi Coker (Apprentice), Luigi Crispino (Apprentice), Virginia Lensi (Apprentice), Simon Hoke (Studio Company)