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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 12 P.M. AND 4 P.M.

7/5/2012 - Final performances for American Ballet Theatre's New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT's 17th annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from La Sylphide, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides and Etudes, as well as an excerpt from Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker. Additionally, original choreography by Olga Dvorovenko, Erika Pujic, Richard Toda, Adrienne Hurd, Raymond Lukens and Leslie Browne will be featured.

Participants in American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd. This year, more than 3,400 students auditioned in 24 cities across the United States, in Toronto, Canada and Bermuda. ABT's 2012 Summer Intensives will reach over 1,100 participants in New York City and satellite programs in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and California.

Currently 245 students are participating in the 2012 New York Summer Intensive. The annual program at ABT’s New York City studios is a comprehensive course that begins with daily ballet technique class and includes specialized classes in pointe work, partnering, choreography, jazz, character dance, modern dance, musical theater, Pilates and yoga for young dancers. To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, nutrition and dance history.

Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, the 2012 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Kate Lydon, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Gabrielle Brown, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Raymond Lukens, Brian Reeder, Lupe Serrano, David Howard and Rosanna Seravalli.

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is located at 35-12 35th Avenue in Astoria, New York. For detailed directions, please visit www.franksinatraschoolofthearts.org. Tickets, $15 for adults, $10 for children and students, will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 27 at 11 A.M. in the theatre lobby. For more information, please call the Summer Intensive Hotline at 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or email summerintensive@abt.org. Please visit www.abt.org for more information.

American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. The 2012 Summer Intensive is also made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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