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Dancer’s Best Friend

It’s no secret that at American Ballet Theatre, dog is a dancer’s best friend. In fact, so many photos of ABT dancers with their beloved furry friends have circulated social media that our own hashtag, #DogsOfABT, was created.


In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, we present the best of #DogsOfABT. What a treat!

Moo, of ABT's Artistic Department. Photo © The Dogist.Moo, of ABT's Artistic Department. Photo © The Dogist.

Corps de ballet dancer Lauren Post with her sassy pup Pickles:


Principal Dancer Sarah Lane with her sister Shih Tzus Cora and Maya:


Corps de ballet dancer Courtlyn Hanson’s adorable puppy Olive:


Corps de ballet dancer Carolyn Lippert with her playful pup Chloe:


Corps de ballet dancer Brittany DeGrofft and her dog Ranger hit the barre:


Principal Dancer Devon Teuscher gets a kiss from her dog Riley:



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When we discovered the brilliant pet paintings by Ben Lenovitz, a resident artist at ABT’s neighboring dishware shop Fishs Eddy, we had to share the (puppy) love!  In December, we invited Ben to paint our dancers in Company class and create custom portraits of their pups! Here are some snapshots from the day:

Photo: Susie Morgan Taylor.

Artist Ben Lenovitz gets a standing ovation from #DogsOfABT Chloe and Pickles as he paints Company class.

Photo: Susie Morgan Taylor.

“Does it look like me?” Pickles poses with her owner, Lauren Post, in front of her custom Pet Portrait created by Ben Lenovitz at his studio in Fishs Eddy.

Photo: Susie Morgan Taylor.

Chloe thanks Ben for her portrait while being held by her owner Carolyn Lippert.