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July 13, 2017

ABT's 2017 New York Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for Friday, July 28, 12:00 PM and 2:30 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 28, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT’s 22nd annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from ABT’s repertory including Coppélia, Don Quixote, Études, Giselle, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Raymonda and The Sleeping Beauty.

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 5,000 students in 25 cities across the United States as well as Paris, France and Rome, Italy. ABT’s 2017 Summer Intensives will reach 1,350 participants in New York City and satellite programs in Alabama, Texas, Florida 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, character dance, modern, jazz, Pilates and yoga for young dancers.  To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy and nutrition. Forty-five of American Ballet Theatre’s current roster of Company dancers are Summer Intensive alumni.

Under the direction of Kate Lydon, the 2017 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers including ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Cynthia Harvey, Lupe Serrano, Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown,

Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Yan Chen, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Maina Gielgud, Fabrice Herrault, Carlos Lopez, Nancy Raffa, 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 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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