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Week of September 7-11, 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 September 7-11, 2020

To Read

To Watch

To Do

ABTKids Daily Replay

In case you missed it! Enjoy these activities, originally posted the week of April 20-24, 2020.

Photo: Gene Schiavone.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.

Meet a Dancer Monday

This week meet ABT Soloist Calvin Royal III!

Learn About Calvin
Reading Comprehension – Take the Calvin Royal III Quiz!

See how well you know Calvin Royal III!

Teaching Artist Tuesday

Join Mr. Jeff, Ms. Alexis and Mr. Richard as they introduce you to one of ABT’s fabulous ballets. Learn a dance, stop and sketch, and don’t forget to have fun!

Learn About Libretto and The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty Coloring Pages

Prince Désiré & Princess AuroraHop-O'-My-Thumb & Ogre

What's Up Wednesday

Marius Petipa: The Father of Classical Ballet

Marius Ivanovich Petipa was a French ballet dancer and choreographer, one of the most influential ballet masters and choreographers in ballet history. He began his dance training at the age of seven with his father, a dancer and teacher. In 1869, Petipa was named Premier Ballet Master of the Imperial Theatre and is considered to have laid the foundation for the entire school of Russian ballet. During his career, he created more than 50 ballets, many of which are still performed today.


See which Petipa ballets ABT dancers picked as their favorites!

"My Favorite Petipa Ballet"
Reading Comprehension – Take the Petipa Quiz!

Test Your Knowledge of Marius Petipa's Ballets

Use the pictures and clues to guess the Petipa ballets in ABT’s repertoire or library!

Throwback Thursday

Every Thursday we pull a photo from our archives and share it with one of our ABT dancers. You never know what stories may come from a single snapshot!

Photo: Gene Schiavone.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.

Tyler Maloney
ABT Corps de Ballet
Joined ABT as Apprentice in 2015

“This is a photo of me with one of my best friends, Catherine Hurlin, from the premiere of ABT’s The Nutcracker 10 years ago! Seeing this image brings back so many memories of the hours Catherine, the other casts of children and I worked on this production with Alexei Ratmansky.

For the first half of the ballet I portray a Nutcracker doll with a massive Nutcracker head that I would wear, and for the second half of the ballet I turn into a young prince. This photo specifically captures the moment right after the battle scene where I transform from a Nutcracker to a real boy. Let me tell you, by the time this scene came I was always happy to take that head off because it got hot in there! Catherine and I always laugh to ourselves when we think about this moment because this transformation happens on stage and there is no moment to leave and make sure we look okay for the snow scene.

I was always excited for the snow scene because not only was it my favorite scene, but it was also the first moment where the audience actually sees my face. Usually before the show I would go to the hair and make-up room and they would spray tons of hairspray to hopefully make sure my hair stayed in place with the Nutcracker head on. There was one show where I specifically remember the head coming off, and I could feel my hair tugging with it and I knew my hair was left sticking up. While I had a moment where the audience couldn’t see my face I whispered to Catherine, “Fix my hair!” So Catherine, while trying to act in awe of my transformation, lightly patted down my stubborn hair and she whispered back to me, “Okay I fixed it!” I’m not sure if anyone in the audience noticed but it was a funny moment I’ll always remember. To this day, I still have a bit of an obsession with how my hair looks on stage, and I’m infamous for using all of the hairspray from the hair and makeup room.”

View More Photos of Tyler!

Writing Prompt

Write about a time when your best friend helped you out of a jam.

Funtime Friday

Create Your Own Pirate!

One of Marius Petipa’s most exciting ballets is Le Corsaire, a swashbuckling tale about pirates. Click on the worksheet to design a costume and story for your own pirate character.

Le Corsaire Worksheet

ABT JKO School Children's Division Online Community 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.

Recommended for ages 2-4 and 5-8, these classes engage ABT’s youngest students and their families, as well as the global community at large, by exploring musicality, fostering creativity and imagination, and teaching ballet fundamentals.

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

@ABTSchool IGTVYouTube

Photo: Richard Corman.