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Week of November 9-13, 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!


ABTKids Daily is generously supported by
Bloomberg Philanthropies


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


Watch ABTKids 2020: B is for Ballet!
Presented in partnership with Random House Children’s Books,
the program is inspired by B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet.

Week of November 9-13, 2020

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Inspiration Week!

This week, ABTKids Daily takes a look at what inspires the artistry of ABT choreographers and dancers. While inspiration can certainly come from just about anywhere, join us as we explore five of ballets most common inspirational elements!

Artists and creative types never know when an exciting new idea or concept may appear. Since ideas can disappear as quickly as they mysteriously appear, many artists keep a journal where they can write down anything that they might find inspirational.

So grab a notebook and a pencil and discover what inspires you!

Meet a Dancer Monday


In addition to his talents in the ballet studio as an ABT dancer and Company Teacher, Duncan Lyle is a musician and composer. Today we talk to Duncan about the role music plays in the creative process and his experience directing a film, while also composing an original musical score.

Journal Prompt

What music or songs inspire you?

Teaching Artist Tuesday

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

Up this week: ABT Design Teaching Artist Jeff Hopkins!


Journal Prompt

What books or stories inspire you?

What's Up Wednesday


“These inspiring and truthful words of Andrew Cuomo, gave me so much hope and strength during the beginnings of COVID in NYC because they describe New Yorkers so well and inspired me to do something that I’ve always dreamed of doing: dance on the streets of New York.”

– Carlos Lopez, ABT Director of Repertoire

Choreography, concept and performance: Carlos Lopez
Music “Moonlight” by ANBR
Words of Inspiration: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Editing: Mike Murray @SummerwindWeddingFilms
Creative Direction: David Landgraf @MakeItHappenMgmt

Journal Prompt

Who inspires you?

Throwback Thursday

History and Culture

Inspiration can often come from our past or history. While ballets have certainly been inspired by famous historical figures like Henry VIII, they more often are inspired by a time period or moment in history. Fancy Free and Rodeo are two of ABT’s most iconic ballets and are still performed almost 80 years after their creation because of how accurately they captured moments in American history. Ballets such as Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday relive the hardships of the Great Depression, while Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe combines pop culture of the 1960’s with the art form of classical ballet.

ABT dancer Claire Davison found inspiration from her love of the Hollywood black and white silent film era for her film Dans Tes Rêves.

Journal Prompt

Who period in history inspires you?

Funtime Friday


For hundreds of years artists from all disciplines have flocked to American landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Niagara Falls and leave mesmerized and inspired by nature’s beauty.

While New York City is mostly known for its concrete and skyscrapers, it is home to Central Park, one of the most famous and largest urban parks on the planet. Central Park was designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and was built between 1857 and 1876. At 3.5 square miles it is actually SIX times larger than the country of Monaco!

It also holds the distinction of being the most filmed public park in the world and is featured in hundreds of films including Home Alone 2, Elf, Night at the Museum, Enchanted, Smurfs and The Avengers!

Join ABT Principal Dancer Calvin Royal III and see for yourself why everyone wants to film in Central Park!

Journal Prompt

What places inspire you?

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.