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ABTKids Daily

Week of March 29 - April 2, 2021

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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 29 - April 2, 2021

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Hidden Talent Week

The dancers of American Ballet Theatre are among the most talented ballet dancers in the whole world. Their talent on the stage is without question, but did you know that many of ABT’s dancers are accomplished in much more than just ballet?

This week, ABTKids Daily explores the hidden talents of four ABT dancers! Meet an artist, baker, hockey player and even a clown! Are any of them talented enough to quit their day jobs?

Meet An Artist Monday

Javier Rivet

Meet ABT dancer Javier Rivet as he shares his hidden talent as a visual artist. This week we gave Javier the challenge to redesign our ABTKids logo – Let’s see if he was up to the challenge!

Meet A Baker Tuesday

Emily Hayes

Meet ABT dancer Emily Hayes, who can be found cooking and baking on her Youtube channel “Made by Mily”. In December, Emily wowed us with her Nutcracker Cake Pops and she rejoins ABTKids Daily this week with 5 Ballerina Approved Recipes that are Healthy and Delicious!

Meet A Hockey Player Wednesday 

Marshall Whiteley

Before beginning a career in ballet, ABT dancer Marshall Whiteley was a nationally ranked ice hockey player by the age of 11. While it’s been a few years since Marshall’s hit the ice, let’s see if hockey is still one of Marshall’s hidden talents as he picks up the hockey stick for the first time in years.

Meet A Clown Thursday

Claire Davison

Finally, every ballet Company needs to have a trained circus performer! Meet ABT dancer Claire Davison as she teaches you how to juggle, act like a mime, and more!

Find Your Hidden Talent Friday


Today’s the day to explore your hidden talent! Are you a poet? Can you build houses made out of a deck of cards? Say the alphabet backwards? Drive your parents crazy by singing “Old Town Road” over and over and superfast?

If you can’t think of a talent right now, join Ananya and see if you can build an instrument from items found around the house. Practice your technique and hold a performance for the entire family. Don’t forget to take a giant bow after your standing ovation!

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.