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July 9, 2013

ABT's New York Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for Friday, July 26, 12 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 26, 2013 at 12 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT’s 18th annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from Coppélia, Onegin and Swan Lake and Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker. Additionally, original choreography by Leslie Browne, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Adrienne Hurd, Kate Lydon, Kris Storey and Richard Toda will be featured.

Participants in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd. This year, more than 4,400 students auditioned in 24 cities across the United States. ABT’s 2013 Summer Intensives will reach over 1,200 participants in New York City and satellite programs in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and California.

Currently, 310 students are participating in the 2013 New York Summer Intensive. The annual program 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, choreography, jazz, character dance, modern dance, musical theater, Pilates and yoga for young dancers. To complement the dancersƒÅ‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy, nutrition and dance history.

Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, the 2013 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, Kate Lydon, Charles Askegard, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Gabrielle Brown, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Raymond Lukens, 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 Tickets, priced at $15 each, will go on sale to the public Monday, July 15 at 10 A.M. on Adults and children age 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 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. 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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