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ABT News

November 4, 2010


22 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive
and Collegiate Program to Begin January 8, 2011

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 8, 2011 in Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado, and will visit a total of 22 cities through February 13, 2011. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 to 24, are invited to audition for ABT’s New York, Collegiate and satellite Summer Intensives, and the Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations nationwide: New York City (June 27 – July 29), Detroit, Michigan (June 27 – July 22), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (June 27 – July 16), Austin, Texas (July 10 – August 5), and Orange County, California (August 1 – August 19). 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, Robert LaFosse, Deirdre Carberry, Melissa Hale-Coyle, Olga Dvorovenko, Alaine Haubert, Yan Chen, Warren Conover, Ted Kivitt, Brian Reeder, Amy Rose, Rosanna Seravalli and Lupe Serrano.

American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters, June 6-24, 2011. 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 1-12, 2011. The program educates young dancers, ages 9-11, in ballet technique and related topics including nutrition, ballet terminology, classroom and rehearsal etiquette, 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. 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

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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