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ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Children's Division

ABT JKO School Children's Division

The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, named after the prior First Lady and longtime ABT Honorary Chairman, is a ballet training program for young dancers that promotes creativity and discipline, enabling children to reach their highest potential. Not only do students receive the best technical training with ABT’s National Training Curriculum, but they are guided by caring instructors who nurture their students’ love for dance.

At its inception, the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School had only 10 students and has since grown to enroll over 430 dancers per academic year. Under the direction of former ABT Principal Dancer and current ABT JKO School Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, the Children’s Division focuses on building a solid foundation in ballet technique with an emphasis on proper placement and safe progressions of movement while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.

The Children’s Division is subdivided into Primary Classes and Levels 1A-3. To learn more about the school and how to enroll your young dancer, please browse our Children’s Division class information. Note that all classes include live piano accompaniment.

Photo: Richard Corman

Primary

ABT students ages three to seven are introduced to music and movement in our Primary Levels. The emphasis in these courses is on rhythm, dynamic, and placement, so that students graduate from Primary with an understanding of spatial awareness, correct alignment, teamwork, and focus. Each level is divided by age in order to accommodate the developmental needs of every student. No auditions are necessary for Primary classes.

Photo: Richard Corman

Levels 1A-3

Serious ballet students ages eight to twelve may audition for Levels 1A through 3 to pursue pre-professional training. ABT faculty follow a specific graded curriculum designed to strengthen technique, stamina, and discipline through practical training and lessons in theory. Girls and boys are separated in Levels 2 and 3 to address the specific techniques and physical strength of each individual dancer.

Curriculum & Schedules

At the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, our students are trained with ABT’s National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements of classical French, Italian, and Russian schools of ballet. The goal of our Curriculum is to train students to use their bodies correctly by educating them on anatomy, kinetics, coordination, and alignment. Artistically, our Curriculum strives to provide for students both a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles of dance.

As each level follows our carefully planned Curriculum throughout the year, students are expected to attend all their assigned classes. Students enrolled in the Children’s Division are not permitted to seek outside ballet training or lessons.

Pre-Primary

Tuition: $1150

Ages: 3 - 5

Students must turn 3 years old by September 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Saturday 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Section 2

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Section 3

Wednesday 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Pre-PrimaryRichard Corman

Primary A

Tuition: $1350

Ages: 5 - 6

Students must turn 5 years old by December 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Saturday 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Section 2

Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Section 3

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Primary ARichard Corman

Primary B

Tuition: $1350

Ages: 6 - 7

Students must turn 6 years old by December 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Section 2

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Section 3

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Primary BRichard Corman

Primary C

Tuition: $2700

Ages: 7 - 8

Students must turn 7 years old by December 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Saturday 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Section 2

Wednesday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Section 3

Monday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Girls

Boys

Primary CRosalie O'Connor

Level 1A

Tuition: $3300

Ages: 8 - 10

An audition is required for Level 1A.

Please keep in mind that the age range is given as a guideline. Students will be placed by the ABT JKO School artistic faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Section 2

Monday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Level 1ARosalie O'Connor

Level 1B

Tuition: $3300

Ages: 8 - 10

An audition is required for Level 1B.

Please keep in mind that the age range is given as a guideline. Students will be placed by the ABT JKO School artistic faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Section 2

Monday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Level 1BRosalie O'Connor

Level 2

Tuition: $4800

Ages: 9 - 11

An audition is required for Level 2.

Please keep in mind that the age range is given as a guideline. Students will be placed by the ABT JKO School artistic faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Monday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique

Monday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Character Dance

Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Girls' Pre-Pointe *

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Boys' Class +

* Girls in Level 2 attend a mandatory one-hour pre-pointe class in addition to their weekly classes to help prepare them for pointe work.

+ Boys in Level 2 attend a mandatory one-hour boys' class in addition to their technique classes.

Section 2

Monday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique

Monday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Character Dance

Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Girls' Pre-Pointe *

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Boys' Class +

* Girls in Level 2 attend a mandatory one-hour stretch and conditioning class in addition to their weekly classes to help prepare them for pointe work.

+ Boys in Level 2 attend a mandatory one-hour boys' class in addition to their technique classes.

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Level 2Rosalie O'Connor

Level 3

Tuition: $5880

Ages: 10 - 12

An audition is required for Level 3.

Please keep in mind that the age range is given as a guideline. Students will be placed by the ABT JKO School artistic faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Section 1

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Girls' Workshop *

Monday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Technique

Monday 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Pointe *

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Modern

Wednesday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ballet Technique

Wednesday 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Pointe *

Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique (boys only with Section 2) +

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Ballet Technique (girls only)

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Boys' Class +

Saturday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Character Dance

Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 am Ballet Technique

* Girls in Level 3 attend a mandatory one-hour girls' workshop and a half-hour pointe class in addition to their technique classes.

+ All Level 3 boys should attend the Level 3 Section 2 technique class on Fridays.

+ Boys in Level 3 attend a mandatory one-hour boys' class in addition to their technique classes.

Section 2

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Girls' Workshop *

Monday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Technique

Monday 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Pointe *

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Modern

Wednesday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ballet Technique

Wednesday 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Pointe *

Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Ballet Technique

Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Boys' Class +

Saturday 11:15 am - 12:15 am Character Dance

Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 am Ballet Technique

* Girls in Level 3 attend a mandatory one-hour girls' workshop and a half-hour pointe class in addition to their technique classes.

+ Boys in Level 3 attend a mandatory one-hour boys' class in addition to their technique classes.

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Level 3Richard Corman

Bridge Class

Ages: 8 - 10

The Children’s Division Bridge Class provides a bridge from ABT to the New York City community and also serves to identify and train talented young students with potential for careers in dance.

For more information about the Bridge Class, please click here.

2017-2018 Class Schedules

Students must attend all classes listed for their level.

Tuesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Uniform

Girls

Boys

Bridge ClassRichard Corman

Enrollment

Trial Classes

For students ages 3-7 (includes only 7 year olds who will turn 8 after December 1, 2018)

Trial classes are offered for students considering enrollment in the ABT JKO School’s Pre-Primary or Primary levels for the 2018-2019 school year. ABT highly encourages participation in these trial classes, as they are designed to give prospective students and parents a glimpse into the program prior to enrollment. Trial classes are not an audition or evaluation of any kind.

Pre-Primary and Primary levels at the ABT JKO School are open enrollment and no prior dance experience is required. Placement in each level is based solely on a child’s date of birth. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for a trial class! Click below to pre-register for a trial class.

 

Pre-register for Trial Class

Children’s Division Open Enrollment Levels:

Level Age Group Cutoff Dates
Pre-Primary Ages 3 and 4 Students must turn 3 by September 1, 2018
Primary A Age 5 Students must turn 5 by December 1, 2018
Primary B Age 6 Students must turn 6 by December 1, 2018
Primary C Age 7 Students must turn 7 by December 1, 2018

Note: Students who turn 8 by December 1, 2018 must attend an Open Audition for Level 1A+

Open Auditions

For students ages 7-12 (includes only 7 year olds who will turn 8 by December 1, 2018)

Auditions are required for students intending to enroll in Levels 1A, 1B, 2, or 3 of the ABT JKO School for the 2018-2019 school year. These levels are for students ages seven to twelve with previous ballet training. Upon acceptance, students will be placed into the appropriate level by the Artistic Faculty.

All interested students must participate in the open audition class on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Click below to pre-register for an open audition class.

Please note that seven-year-olds are only permitted to audition for Levels 1A through 3 if they will turn eight by December 1, 2018. If your child will not turn eight before December 1, 2018, they are invited to attend a trial class for the ABT JKO School’s Primary C level. See above for more information.

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Faculty & Accompanists

American Ballet Theatre strives to provide educational programming of the highest quality, and it all starts with our faculty. ABT JKO School faculty includes members of the ABT Artistic Staff, ABT Alumni, and graduates of the ABT/NYU Master’s Program in Ballet Pedagogy.

All Children’s Division faculty members are certified in each level of the National Training Curriculum.

Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

Kevin McKenzie

Artistic Director

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Photo: Ian Whalen

Cynthia Harvey

ABT JKO School Artistic Director

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Accompanists

Each class at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is accompanied by one of our accomplished musicians.

Michael Cherry, Principal ABT JKO School Pianist

Stephanie Chun, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Misha Golubitsky, Marco Jimenez, James Kost, Sofiya Leavsie, Dmitry Polischuk, Tim Prepscius, Victor See Yuen, Lauren Shapiro, Mihoko Suzuki, Laura Tishchenko, Mira Tsidulko

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FAQs

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