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August 6, 2012

ABT Launches New Apprentice Program

American Ballet Theatre has announced the creation of an Apprentice Program designed to prepare six dancers of outstanding potential to work as apprentice members of ABT’s corps de ballet. The program was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Under the direction of ABT Studio Company Artistic Associate Kate Lydon and ABT Ballet Master Clinton Luckett, the dancers will train intensively for 10 weeks beginning September 10, 2012 and then advance to apprentice level with American Ballet Theatre during the Company’s performances of The Nutcracker at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Their apprenticeship will continue throughout ABT’s performance season ending July 2013.

American Ballet Theatre’s Apprentice Program training will be comprised of daily technique class with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Principal Franco De Vita and ABT’s artistic staff, variations class with ABT staff teachers and pas de deux instruction. Training will provide full immersion into the ballets in ABT’s repertory, including tutorials in ballet story lines, history, style and mime. In addition, dancers will attend seminars in hair and make-up and Company etiquette in preparation for entering the main Company. Physical therapists and Pilates instructors will provide one-on-one attention to address issues specific to individual dancers in the Apprentice Program.

“American Ballet Theatre’s Apprentice Program will allow for the training of apprentices for ABT’s main Company, including mentorship from senior members of the corps de ballet,” said McKenzie. “This important period of training will serve to ease the transition from student to professional while maintaining the healthy ranks of ABT’s corps de ballet during performance seasons.”

American Ballet Theatre gratefully acknowledges Ruth and Harold Newman for their leading support of ABT’s Apprentice Program.

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