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April 10, 2020

ABT to Launch ABTKids Daily

Beginning Monday, April 13, American Ballet Theatre will launch ABTKids Daily, a new online resource with digital content to help families and educators build their virtual classrooms during this time of distance learning. The ABTKids Daily page on the Company’s website will be updated every Monday morning with a week’s worth of curriculum on classical ballet for children, caregivers and teachers to discover.

Daily themes include:

• Meet a Dancer Monday – Meet the professional dancers of American Ballet Theatre: from 15 countries and 25 states, their adventures, life stories and practical advice for pursuing your dream will motivate and inspire ABTKids of all ages.

• Teaching Artist Tuesday – Watch a video with ABT Dance Teaching Artists Alexis Andrews, Richard Toda (ABT National Training Curriculum certified teachers) and Design Teaching Artist Jeff Hopkins as they explore ABT’s repertoire through fun, interactive dance and design activities.

• What’s up Wednesday – Learn fun facts about the Company and the art of ballet with interactive lessons such as “8 Decades of ABT” and “Who is Petipa?”

• Throwback Thursday – See snapshots of ABT dancers who were once young students at the ABT JKO School, Summer Intensive and ABT Studio Company from their training years to their current performing careers with American Ballet Theatre.

• Friday Funtime – Engage in an interactive activity including puzzles, drawing exercises and trivia about ABT’s dancers and repertoire.

The ABTKids Daily page also links to the ABT JKO School Virtual Class series on the @ABTSchool Instagram Live and YouTube archive. These classes engage ABT’s youngest students, as well as the global community at large, by exploring musicality, fostering creativity and imagination, and teaching ballet fundamentals. Classes become available at the following times:

• #ABTots (Ages 2–4): Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10AM ET

• Primary (Ages 5–8): Mondays & Wednesdays at 2PM ET

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