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ABTKids Daily

Week of March 22-26, 2021

Gemma Bond's Interchangeable Text. Photo: Bill Cooper.
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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 March 22-26, 2021

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Choreography Week with Gemma Bond

noun: a person who creates dance compositions and plans and arranges dance movements and patterns for dances and especially for ballets.


Have you ever wanted to create your own dance but didn’t know where to start? We are proud to welcome back choreographer Gemma Bond as she takes over ABTKids Daily this week to give you tips on how you can choreograph your very own dance!

Gemma got her first taste of choreography at age 13 when she competed in The Royal Ballet’s Sir Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition. Since 2010, she has created three new ballets for ABT’s choreography workshops, as well as works for the main Company and ABT Studio Company.

This week Gemma will break down the choreographic process:

  1. Selecting the Music
  2. Creating Movement
  3. Mapping Your Dance
  4. Inspiration and Staging
  5. Being a Choreographer


Selecting the Music


Creating Movement


Mapping Your Dance


Inspiration and Staging


Being A Choreographer (with James Whiteside)

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.