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ABTKids Daily

Week of May 3-7, 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 at the Top of the Rock!
Presented in partnership with Rockefeller Center
as part of their 2021 Spring Sunday event.

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 May 3-7, 2021

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Mother’s Day Week

For thousands of years cultures around the world have celebrated mothers and motherhood, but did you know that the modern Mother’s Day began in the United States in 1907 in West Virginia?

This week ABTKids Daily proudly celebrates all of the amazing mothers (both real and fictional) in ABT’s expansive family. Join us for a fun-filled week of interviews and activities and get inspired to honor the very special mothers in your life!

Soloist Zhong-Jing Fang and her husband Douglas Gavin with daughter Zia. Photo: Min Wu.
Soloist Zhong-Jing Fang and her husband Douglas Gavin with daughter Zia. Photo: Min Wu.

Meet A Dancer Monday

Soloist Zhong-Jing Fang

Today we sit down with one of ABT’s newest mothers, ABT Soloist Zhong-Jing Fang as she talks about baby Zia and her return to dancing and choreographing.

Fun Fact:   Zhong-Jing and fellow ABT dancer Stephanie Petersen had their babies on the exact same day, January 7, 2021!   Making Zia and Taylor the newest additions to the ABT family!

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 JKO School Faculty Member Sarah Smith and Nettie!

Mother’s Day with Flower Festival in Genzano

What’s up Wednesday 

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Ballet Moms?

Moms play a part in many ABT ballets. Take the quiz and see how well you know them!


Throwback Thursday

Two Generations of ABT Ballerinas

Carolyn Lippert
Corps de ballet, ABT
Joined ABT 2012

Carla Stallings Lippert
ABT Faculty (and Carolyn’s Mother)
Former ABT Soloist (Danced with ABT for 11 Seasons)

Funtime Friday

Make Your Own Mother’s Day Pop-Up Card!

Join ABT Teaching Artist Mr. Jeff and design a special three dimensional card for a very important Mother in your life! Remember, you can make more than one!

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.