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October 20, 2011

2012 Summer Intensive
National Audition Tour Announced

24 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and Collegiate Program to Begin January 7, 2012

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 7, 2012 in Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, and will visit a total of 24 cities through February 11, 2012. 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 2012 Summer Intensive programs will be held in six locations: New York City (June 25 – July 27), Winston-Salem, North Carolina (June 25 – July 20), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (June 25 – July 14), Austin, Texas (July 8 – August 3), and Orange County, California (July 30 – August 17) and Pembroke, Bermuda (August 6 – 24). 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 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, Wes Chapman, 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 4 – 22, 2012. 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 July 30 – August 10, 2012. A satellite young dancer program is offered in Pembroke, Bermuda, from August 13 – 24, 2012. Both programs educate 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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