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November 7, 2023

2024 American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive National Audition Tour Announced

19 City Audition Tour for ABT Summer Intensive and Collegiate Program to Begin Saturday, January 6, 2024

Auditions for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop, ABT Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and ABT Studio Company to be Held in Select Cities

NEW YORK, NY – American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive National Audition Tour will kick off on January 6, 2024, visiting a total of 19 cities through February 4, 2024. Intermediate and advanced students, ages 9 to 24, are invited to audition for ABT’s Summer Intensives, Collegiate Summer Intensive, and Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2024 Summer Intensive will be held in New York City (June 24–July 26) and in Tampa, Florida (July 8–26). Tailored training programs will be offered to the needs of participating dancers and class sizes will be limited.

Under the supervision of American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Susan Jaffe 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 half of ABT’s current dancers and four members of ABT Studio Company have attended ABT Summer Intensives, including five Soloists and 10 Principal Dancers.

Current faculty members from ABT Training Programs will be joining this year’s Summer Intensive teaching staff, including ABT JKO School Artistic Director Stella Abrera, Principal Teacher of the ABT JKO School Pre-Professional Division Rubén Martín, Principal Teacher of the ABT Pre-Professional Division and ABT Studio Company Rehearsal Director Yan Chen, and ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky. Past faculty for the Summer Intensives has included renowned ABT alumni such as Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Harriet Clark, Franco De Vita, Elizabeth Ferrell, Raymond Lukens, Sarah Smith, and Leann Underwood, among others. Past guest faculty have included former ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Regisseur Susan Jones, and Directors of Repertoire Carlos Lopez and Nancy Raffa.

The 2024 American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Summer Intensive will be held at ABT’s 890 Broadway studios in New York (June 10–21). 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.

The 2024 American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer Summer Workshop program will be held in New York City (July 29–August 9) and Costa Mesa, California (July 8–19). This program educates young dancers (ages 9 to 11, and 12-year-olds at beginner pointe level) in ballet technique and related topics including through Injury Prevention and Meet the Artist seminars. Auditions for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop will be held in select cities. Please see for further information.

Auditions for ABT Summer Intensives are open to students of all genders 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 programs.

For more information on ABT’s Summer Intensive programs and to pre-register for auditions, please visit

American Ballet Theatre and ABT Summer Training Programs are committed to ABT RISE, Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence. For more information, please visit


Freed of London sponsors the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour.

Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gift to ABT RISE, fueling the Company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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