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ABTKids Daily

Week of October 5-9, 2020

Illustration by Luciano Lozano, courtesy Random House Children's Books.
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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 October 5-9, 2020

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Boys Dance Week

ABTKids Daily is proud to celebrate American Ballet Theatre’s partnership with Random House Children’s Books and the launch of two new beautiful picture books by John Robert Allman, Boys Dance! and B Is for Ballet.

Boys Dance! is a joyful picture book about boys who dance and the dance heroes who inspire them.⁣ B Is for Ballet is an alphabetical celebration of the world of ballet – its dancers, choreographers, terminology and history.⁣

Meet Dancers Monday

Two Truths and a Lie!

This week we celebrate the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of all the young boys that have fallen in love with the art of classical ballet.

Five ABT dancers invite you to play a game of "Two Truths and a Lie!" Each dancer gives you three facts about their ballet beginnings and you get to guess which one is the lie!

Teaching Artist Tuesday

Double Tour en l'Air

Join one of ABT’s Teaching Artists as they introduce you to one of ABT’s fabulous ballets. Learn a dance, stop and sketch, and don’t forget to have fun!

Up this week: ABT dancer Patrick Frenette!

What's Up Wednesday

Winston Goes to the Warehouse (Episode 1)

Join Winston, a student at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, as he makes his first ever trip to ABT’s warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Throwback Thursday

Match the Dancers!

Today we celebrate the incredible journey’s of our male dancers at ABT. Can you match each dancer with the photo of their younger selves? 

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    Funtime Friday

    Boys Dance - Spot the Differences!

    These dancers are getting ready for class! Find ten differences that you see between the two pictures.

    Boys Dance - Spot the Difference

    To see the answers, and for more fun activities, view and download the Activities for Every Dancer workbook!

    Activities for Every Dancer

    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 Archive

    Photo: Richard Corman.