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July 9, 2015

ABT's 2015 New York Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for Friday, July 24, 12 PM and 2 PM at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12 P.M. and 2 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT’s 20th annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from Coppélia, Gaîté Parisienne, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, The Dream, Theme and Variations and an adaptation of Anton Dolin’s Variations for Four.

Participants in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd, which auditioned more than 4,600 students in 24 cities across the United States.  ABT’s 2015 Summer Intensives will reach over 1,400 participants in New York City and satellite programs in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and California.

The annual Summer Intensive at ABT’s New York City studios is a comprehensive course that begins with daily ballet technique class and includes specialized classes in pointe work, partnering, jazz, character dance, modern dance, Pilates and yoga for young dancers.  To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy, nutrition, music, acting and dance history.

Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, the 2015 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Kate Lydon, Susan Jaffe, Susan Jones, Clinton Luckett, Nancy Raffa, Keith Roberts, Lupe Serrano, Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Carlos Lopez, Rosanna Seravalli and Cheryl Yeager.

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is located at 35-12 35th Avenue in Astoria, New York.  For detailed directions, please visit

A very limited number of seats will be on sale for $15 at the door one hour prior to the performance. Adults and children, aged two and up, require a ticketed seat. For more information, please call the Summer Intensive Hotline at 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or email  Please visit for more information. 

 American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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