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May 31, 2022

American Ballet Theatre Presents ABTKids with Host James Whiteside, Saturday, June 18, 11:00 A.M. at Metropolitan Opera House

All Seats $25

Kotomi Yamada and Jake Roxander in the Stars and Stripes pas de deux.Kotomi Yamada and Jake Roxander in the Stars and Stripes pas de deux. © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo: Tzu-Chia Huang.

NEW YORK, NY – Swans, sword fights, and toreadors will take center stage as ABTKids comes to the Metropolitan Opera House, Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 A.M. Hosted by ABT Principal Dancer James Whiteside, ABTKids provides a narrated hour-long introduction to ballet for children ages 5-12 and their families.

This season’s ABTKids performance will serve up bite-sized excerpts of works from ABT’s Summer season including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. In a tribute to the red, white, and blue, the performance will also include George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes pas de deux. Throughout the program, audience members will be treated to a live orchestra playing famous compositions by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Minkus, Sergei Prokofiev, and John Philip Sousa.

All seats for ABTKids are priced at $25. Tickets are available for purchase online at, at the Met box office, or by phone at (212) 362-6000.

The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th Streets in New York City.

American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera House require specific health and safety protocols for all audience members attending performances:

  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated, including children.
  • Negative COVID tests will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination proof.
  • Face masks are always required, except when eating or drinking in designated areas. Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.
  • All audience members must present in-person verification of vaccination and a government issued photo ID to enter the opera house. Photo ID for children under 12 will not be required if accompanied by a parent or guardian with valid photo ID.


American Ballet Theatre is one of the greatest dance companies in the world. Revered as a national treasure since its founding season in 1940, its mission is to create, present, preserve, and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing for the widest possible audience. Headquartered in New York City, ABT is the only cultural institution of its size and stature to extensively tour, enchanting audiences for eight decades in 50 U.S. states, 45 countries, and over 480 cities worldwide. ABT’s repertoire includes full-length classics from the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early twentieth century, and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces. In 2006, by an act of Congress, ABT was designated America’s National Ballet Company®.

ABTKids is generously sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Special thanks to Vicki and Lloyd Goldman for helping to make the program possible.

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