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July 9, 2018

ABT's 2018 New York Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for Friday, July 27, 12:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT’s 23rd annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from ABT’s repertory including Coppélia, La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Swan Lake, The Dream and The Sleeping Beauty.

Participants in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd, which auditioned 4,000 students in 26 cities across the United States. ABT’s 2018 Summer Intensives will reach 1,450 participants in New York City and satellite programs in Alabama, Texas, Florida and California.

The annual Summer Intensive at ABT’s New York City studios is a comprehensive course that begins with daily ballet technique class and includes specialized classes in pointe work, partnering, character dance, mime, modern, jazz, Pilates and yoga for young dancers.  To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy and nutrition. Over 50 former and current dancers from ABT have trained in the Company’s Summer Intensive programs.

Under the direction of Kate Lydon, the 2018 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers including ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Cynthia Harvey, Lupe Serrano, Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Yan Chen, Harriet Clark, Erica Cornejo, Olga Dvorovenko, Maina Gielgud, Carlos Molina, Nancy Raffa, Flavio Salazar, Rosanna Seravalli, Sarah Smith and Cheryl Yeager.

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is located at 35-12 35th Avenue in Astoria, New York.  For detailed directions, please visit

A limited number of seats will be on sale for $15 at the door one hour prior to the performance.  Adults and children, aged two and up, require a ticketed seat. For more information, please call the Summer Intensive Hotline at 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or email  Please visit for more information.


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ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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