American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, and Phoenix, Arizona, and will visit a total of 25 cities through February 2, 2014. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 to 24, are invited to audition for ABT’s New York, Collegiate and satellite Summer Intensives, and Young Dancer Summer Workshop.
American Ballet Theatre’s 2014 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations: New York City (June 23 – July 25), Winston-Salem, North Carolina (June 23 – July 18), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (June 30 – July 19), Austin, Texas (July 7 – August 1), and Orange County, California (July 28 – August 15). Each site will offer ABT training tailored to the needs of participating dancers.
Under the supervision of American Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Summer Intensive Artistic Director Melissa Allen Bowman, ABT Summer Intensives focus on developing well-rounded dancers through exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and ABT’s artists, history and repertory, with an emphasis on classical ballet technique and key elements of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. ABT faculty for the Summer Intensive includes Franco De Vita, Artistic Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, and Kate Lydon, ABT Studio Company Director, as well as renowned ABT alumni and faculty including Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Johanna Butow, Deirdre Carberry, Wes Chapman, Yan Chen, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Alaine Haubert, Mikhail Ilyin, Lorin Johnson, Susan Jones, Ted Kivitt, Carlos Lopez, Clinton Luckett, Orlando Molina, Colleen O’Callaghan, Francois Perron, Amy Rose, Rosanna Seravalli, Lupe Serrano, Christine Spizzo, Carla Stallings Lippert, Roger Van Fleteran, Cheryl Yeager and Jennet Zerbe.
American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters, June 2 – 20, 2014. This specialized program, designed for students ages 17 to 24, will focus on technique, ABT repertory, pointe work, partnering, modern dance, composition and choreography. College credit options are available. Applicants for the Collegiate Summer Intensive may audition at any of the Summer Intensive audition sites or by video.
American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop will take place at ABT’s New York studios, July 28 – August 8, 2014. A young dancer program is again being offered in San Jose, California, from June 16 – June 27, 2014. Both programs educate young dancers, ages 9 to 12, in ballet technique and related topics including nutrition, ballet terminology, classroom and rehearsal etiquette, and injury prevention.
The goal of American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives is to immerse promising dancers in classical ballet training through exposure to ABT’s artists, history and varied repertory, with an emphasis on the guiding principals of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. ABT’s Summer Intensives are the primary recruitment tool for ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the ABT Studio Company.
Auditions for ABT’s Summer Intensives are open to male and female students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Applicants for the Collegiate Summer Intensive may also audition at any of the audition sites. Applicants for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop may audition at select sites. Students can audition by video for all programs. For more information on any of the Summer Intensives, please visit http://www.abt.org/education/summerintensive.asp.
Merit based scholarships, including ABT's Project Plié scholarships, will be granted during the ABT Summer Intensive Tour. Project Plié scholarships are available for both ABT's Summer Intensive Program and ABT's Young Dance Summer Workshop. For more information on ABT's diversity initiative, Project Plié, please visit http://www.abt.org/education/projectplie.
Freed of London is the exclusive sponsor of the ABT National Audition Tour.