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November 9, 2015

2016 Summer Intensive National Audition Tour Announced

23 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and Collegiate Program to Begin January 2, 2016

Auditions for Young Dancer Summer Workshop to be Held in Select Cities

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off January 2, 2016 in New York, NY and will visit a total of 23 cities through February 7, 2016. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 to 24, are invited to audition for ABT’s New York, Collegiate and satellite Summer Intensives, and Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2016 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations: New York City (June 27 – July 29), Winston-Salem, North Carolina (June 27 – July 22), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (July 4 – July 23), Austin, Texas (July 11 – August 5) and Orange County, California (July 25 – August 12). 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 newly appointed Summer Intensive Artistic Director Julie Kent, 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. ABT Summer Intensives are the primary recruitment tool for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the ABT Studio Company. ABT faculty for the Summer Intensive includes Franco De Vita, Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Melissa Allen Bowman, Director of the ABT JKO School Children’s Division and Kate Lydon, ABT Studio Company Director, as well as renownedABT alumni and faculty including Charles Askegard, Julie Bickerton Bravata, Ethan Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Wes Chapman, Yan Chen, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Kristine Elliott, Elizabeth Ferrell, Carmela Gallace, Melissa Hale Coyle, Alaine Haubert, Eileen Houghton Hebron, Mikhail Ilyin, Lorin Johnson, Susan Jones, Ted Kivitt, Pamela Levy, Carlos Lopez, Clinton Luckett, Orlando Molina, Colleen O’Callaghan, Nancy Raffa, Amy Rose, Rosanna Seravalli, Lupe Serrano, Lisa Slagle, Christine Spizzo-Serrano, Samantha Shelton, Carla Stallings Lippert, Roger Van Fleteran, Cheryl Yeager and Jennet Zerbe.

American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters, June 6 – 24, 2016. This specialized program, designed for students ages 17 to 24, will focus on technique, ABT repertory, pointe work, partnering, modern dance, jazz and character. College credit options are available. Applicants for the Collegiate Summer Intensive may audition at any of the Summer Intensive audition sites or by video.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2016 Young Dancer Summer Workshop programs will be held in three locations: New York City (August 1 – 12), San Jose, California (June 20 – July 1) and Orange County, California (July 11 – 22). These programs educate young dancers, ages 9 to 12, in ballet technique and related topics including nutrition, ballet terminology, classroom and rehearsal etiquette and injury prevention.

Auditions for ABT Summer Intensives are open to 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 and to pre-register for auditions, please visit Please click here for specific tour dates. Merit-based scholarships will be granted during the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour. Scholarships are available for ABT Summer Intensive Programs, ABT’s Collegiate Summer Intensiveand ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

Freed of London is the exclusive sponsor of the ABT National Audition Tour.

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