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November 8, 2018

2019 Summer Intensive National Audition Tour Announced

24 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and Collegiate Program to Begin January 5, 2019

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

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off on January 5, 2019 in New York City and will visit a total of 24 cities through February 10, 2019. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 to 24, are invited to audition for ABT’s New York, Collegiate and Satellite Summer Intensives, as well as Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2019 Summer Intensive programs will be held in five locations: New York City (June 24 – July 26), Tuscaloosa, Alabama (July 1 – July 19), Austin, Texas (July 8 – August 2), Irvine, California (July 22 – August 9) and Tampa, Florida (dates to be announced in late December). 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 ABT Studio Company. Over 50 former and current dancers from ABT have trained in the Company’s Summer Intensive programs.

Current faculty members from ABT training programs will be joining this year’s Summer Intensive teaching staff, including ABT JKO School Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, Principal Guest Instructor Ethan Stiefel and Principal Teacher of the Children’s Division Harriet Clark, along with ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky and ABT Studio Company Ballet Mistress Petrusjka Broholm. Past faculty for the Summer Intensive programs have included renowned ABT alumni and faculty such as Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Wes Chapman, Yan Chen, Carla Stallings Lippert, Carlos Lopez, Duncan Lyle, Amy Rose, Lupe Serrano and Cheryl Yeager, among others. Past guest faculty have included ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and ABT Ballet Mistresses Susan Jones and Nancy Raffa.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2019 Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s New York headquarters (June 3 – 21). 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 2019 Young Dancer Summer Workshop programs will be held in three locations: New York City (July 29 – August 9), Costa Mesa, California (July 8 – 19) and Dallas, Texas (July 22 – August 2). 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 click here for specific tour dates.

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

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