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November 9, 2017

2018 Summer Intensive National Audition Tour Announced

26 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and Collegiate Program to Begin January 6, 2018

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 6, 2018 in New York City and will visit a total of 26 cities through February 11, 2018. 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 2018 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations: New York City (June 25 – July 27), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (July 2 – July 20), Austin, Texas (July 2 – July 27), Orange County, California (July 23 – August 10) and new this year, Tampa, Florida (July 9 – August 3).  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 Kate Lydon, 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. Over 50 former and current dancers from ABT have trained in the Company’s Summer Intensive programs.

Past faculty for the Summer Intensive programs have included renowned ABT alumni and ABT JKO School faculty such as Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Wes Chapman, Yan Chen, Harriet Clark, Fabrice Herrault, Carla Stallings Lippert, Duncan Lyle, Amy Rose, Lupe Serrano and Cheryl Yeager, among others. Past special guest faculty have also included ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Cynthia Harvey, ABT Ballet Master Carlos Lopez, and ABT Ballet Mistresses Nancy Raffa and Susan Jones.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters (June 4 – 22).  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 2018 Young Dancer Summer Workshop programs will be held in three locations: New York City (July 30 – August 10), Orange County, California (July 9 – 20) and new this year, Dallas, Texas (July 23 – August 3). 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 Young Dancer Summer Workshop will be held in select cities. Please see attached audition tour schedule for further information.

Auditions for ABT Summer Intensives are open to male and female students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Students can audition by video for all programs. Merit-based scholarships will be granted during the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour. Scholarships are available for all three programs.

For more information on any of the Summer Intensives and to pre-register for auditions, please visit Please see the attached schedule for specific tour dates.

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

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