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From the four little swans of Swan Lake to the swashbuckling pirates of Le Corsaire and the galloping adventures of Rodeo, our ABTots spend the year learning ballet fundamentals, exploring musicality and fostering creativity through ABT’s most iconic ballets! Working with ABT Teaching Artists and faculty certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum(NTC), the program for two-year olds and young three-year olds prepares students for entry into the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School Children’s Division, where the emphasis for the Pre-Primary level is on rhythm, dynamic, and placement.  Learn more about this unique parent and child engagement program from former ABT Dancer, current ABT JKO School faculty member and ABTots mom herself, Leann Underwood!

Leann & Ben Underwood.
Leann & Ben Underwood.

As a former American Ballet Theatre dancer, now mother of my two-year old son and faculty member at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, I’m excited to share my experiences about one of the ABT JKO School’s newest programs for two and three-year olds, ABTots.  Launched in 2018, the program has reached far beyond my expectations! Like most moms, I was eager to see my little one interact with other tots his age and experience the joy of music, movement and gentle instruction, while I was right by his side. Together, we looked forward to each class progression with seasonal themes including some based on ABT’s full-length classical ballets.


Each class was age appropriate and carefully planned and executed. My son gained new skillsbetter focus and fundamental appreciation for music and movement. Additionally, we both experienced positive interactions with other children, parents and caregivers.


The culture at the ABT JKO School is warm, engaging, accepting and family friendly. I highly recommend ABTots to moms and caregivers that may be searching for a fun and engaging program that introduces little ones to ballet.


– Leann Underwood

ABT Dancer (2007-2015)

ABT NTC Certified Teacher

Faculty member, ABT JKO School & ABT Summer Intensives

ABTots mom