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December 1, 2008


21 City Audition Tour for ABT's Summer Intensive and
Collegiate Program to Begin January 10 in Austin and Cincinnati

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 10 at University of Texas, Austin and the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio and visit 21 cities through February 15, 2008. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 12 to 22, are invited to audition for ABT’s New York, Collegiate and satellite Summer Intensives, and the Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2009 Summer Intensive programs are held in five locations nationwide: New York City (June 15 – July 24), Detroit, Michigan (June 22 – July 17), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (June 29 – July 18), Austin, Texas (July 5 – July 31), and Orange County, California (July 27 – August 14). 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’s 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’s faculty for the Summer Intensive includes Wes Chapman, Artistic Director of ABT II, as well as renowned ABT alumni and faculty including Nancy Raffa, Susan Jones, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Hilary Cartwright, Olga Dvorovenko, Alaine Haubert, Yan Chen, Warren Conover, Gage Bush Englund, Amanda McKerrow, Ted Kivitt, Clinton Luckett, Charles Maple, Brian Reeder, Amy Rose, and Lupe Serrano. In addition, Franco De Vita, Principal of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, will direct the Alabama Summer Intensive for the first time to fully incorporate the ABT National Training Curriculum into the training of young dancers in the Summer Intensive program.

American Ballet Theatre’s fourth Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters, May 26 – June 12, 2009. This specialized program, designed for students ages
18 to 24, will include daily technique in ballet and modern dance, and will focus on ABT repertory, pointe work, composition, production, 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.

Under the direction of Franco De Vita, the Young Dancer Summer Workshop will take place at ABT’s New York studios July 27 – August 7, 2009. The program educates young dancers, ages 9-11, in ballet technique and related topics including nutrition, ballet terminology, and injury prevention.

Auditions for ABT’s Summer Intensives are open to all 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 or by video. Applicants for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop may audition at select sites. For more information on any of the Summer Intensives, please visit

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