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ABTKids Daily

Week of July 27-31, 2020

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Experience the excitement of classical ballet at home with ABTKids Daily!

Welcome to ABTKids Daily, American Ballet Theatre’s new home for families and educators to discover digital content for their virtual classrooms.  Join us each day to Meet an ABT Dancer, engage with an ABT Teaching Artist, learn fun facts and enjoy ballet-themed activities from the comfort of your own home.

As America’s National Ballet Company®, ABT is dedicated to preserving and extending the great legacy of classical dancing, through exciting performances and educational programming of the highest quality, presented to the widest possible audience.

Join us each Monday morning to bring the joy of classical ballet to your family. A weekly curriculum will be posted for your discovery!


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Explore this week’s materials below or view the archive here.

Week of July 27-31, 2020

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Summer Intensive Week



concentrated on a single area or subject or into a short time; very thorough or vigorous.

If you follow the path of any professional dancer, you will notice many common themes in their collective journeys. Most began dancing at a small local dance studio in their hometown, where they either developed a deep love for ballet or displayed a natural ability or talent that was cultivated by an encouraging teacher or coach.

As the dancer’s talent grew, so did their curiosity and desire to learn more and be exposed to different teachers and styles of dance. Almost every dancer’s professional journey began when they made the decision to take the giant step and see what’s NEXT!

For many young dancers, this next step happens during their summer vacation. Instead of going to the beach or having a relaxing summer, they enroll in a special dance program called a Summer Intensive.

ABT Summer Intensive

For over 20 years, American Ballet Theatre has hosted Summer Intensive programs across the United States, annually training over 1400 young dancers (ages 9-20). These programs provide students with access to top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. Students participate in a minimum of three classes per day with ABT’s renowned faculty and enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes exposure to ABT artists, history and repertory.

While COVID-19 may have interrupted the plans of thousands of young dancers this summer, it certainly did not dampen their spirits, passion or pursuit of excellence.

This week ABTKids Daily is opening a window into a week in the life of one of ballet’s most promising talents: Madison Brown, ABT National Training Scholar and Summer Intensive student.

Join Madison as she trains in ballet, modern and character, and participates in a Meet the Artist with ABT Principal Dancers!

Meet a Dancer Monday

Meet Madison Brown and Artistic Director of ABT Summer Intensives Kate Lydon

Tuesday: Ballet Technique

Ballet Technique with Yan Chen

Wednesday: Modern

Modern with Adrienne Hurd

Thursday: Character Dance

Character Dance with Carmela Gallace

Friday: Meet the Artist

ABT Principal Dancers Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns

Guest Faculty

Virtual Summer Intensive students also had the opportunity take class with several ABT dancers.

ABT JKO School Virtual Classes

In the Spring of 2020, @ABTSchool launched virtual classes taught by former ABT dancers, ABT JKO School faculty and ABT teaching artists – all certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum.

These classes engaged, recommended for ages 2-4 and 5-8, by explore musicality, foster creativity and imagination, and teach ballet fundamentals. These classes engage ABT’s youngest students and their families, as well as the global community at large!

View the full series on @ABTSchool IGTV or ABT’s YouTube Channel.

@ABTSchool IGTVYouTube

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