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ABT News

November 2, 2009


21 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and
Collegiate Program to Begin January 3, 2010

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 3, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts and will visit a total of 21 cities through February 14, 2010. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 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 2010 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations nationwide: New York City (June 21 – July 30), Detroit, Michigan (June 28 – July 23), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (July 5 – July 24), Austin, Texas (July 11 – August 6), and Orange County, California (August 2 – August 20). 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 Wes Chapman, Artistic Director of ABT II and Franco De Vita, Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, as well as renowned ABT alumni and faculty including Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Deirdre Carberry, Melissa Hale-Coyle, Hilary Cartwright, Olga Dvorovenko, Alaine Haubert, Yan Chen, Warren Conover, Ted Kivitt, Brian Reeder, Amy Rose, Rosanna Seravalli and Lupe Serrano. In addition, Wes Chapman will direct the Texas Summer Intensive for the first time this year.

American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters, June 1-18, 2010. This specialized program, designed for students ages 17 to 24, will include daily technique in ballet, and will focus on 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.

Under the direction of Franco De Vita, the Young Dancer Summer Workshop will take place at ABT’s New York studios August 2-13, 2010. The program educates young dancers, ages 9-11, in ballet technique and related topics including nutrition, ballet terminology&##44; 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

Freed of London is the exclusive sponsor of the ABT National Audition Tour. Scünci is the Official Hair Accessory of the ABT Summer Intensive.

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