7/8/2014 - Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014 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 19th annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.
Summer Intensive students will perform selections from Coppélia, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Les Rendezvous and Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker. Additionally, original choreography by Gemma Bond, Melissa Bowman, Leslie Browne, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Adrienne Hurd, Jeremy McQueen and Hollie Wright will be performed.
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 4,500 students auditioned in 24 cities across the United States. ABT’s 2014 Summer Intensives will reach over 1,400 participants in New York City and satellite programs in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and California.
Currently, 302 students are participating in the 2014 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, Pilates and yoga for young dancers. To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy, nutrition and dance history.
Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, the 2014 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Melissa Bowman, Franco De Vita, Kate Lydon, Clinton Luckett, Susan Jones, Keith Roberts, Charles Askegard, Richard Bowman, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Mikhail Ilyin, Lupe Serrano, Rosanna Seravalli and Cheryl Yeager.
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. A very limited number of seats will be on sale for $15 at the door one hour prior to the performance. Adults and children, aged two and up, require a ticketed seat. For more information, please call the Summer Intensive Hotline at 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.