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July 11, 2008

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 12 P.M. AND 4 P.M.,

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2008 at 12 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts located at 100 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT’s thirteenth annual New York Summer Intensive, a six-week training program for dancers, ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive final performances will include excerpts from Swan Lake and Anton Dolin’s Variations for Four and will also feature original choreography from Olga Dvorovenko, Joe Istre, Tina Fehlandt, Jessica Lang, Leslie Browne, and Kirk Peterson. Also featured in the performances will be George Balanchine’s Serenade and Raymonda Variations set by Victoria Simon. Repertoire pieces are staged by Melissa Allen Bowman, Harriet Clark, Kate Lydon, Ethan Brown, Hilary Cartwright, and Rosanna Seravalli.

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 3,500 students auditioned in 21 cities across the United States. ABT’s 2008 Summer Intensives will reach over 1000 participants in New York City and through satellite programs in Michigan, Alabama, Texas, California and Bermuda.

There are 242 students currently participating in the 2008 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, Pilates and yoga for young dancers. To complement the dancers’ training, seminars are offered on injury prevention, dance history, and stress management.

Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, ABT’s 2008 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, Kirk Peterson, Wes Chapman, Nancy Raffa, Clinton Luckett, Lupe Serrano, Eleanor D’Antuono, David Howard, Ethan Brown, Hilary Cartwright, Olga Dvorovenko, Rosanna Seravalli, Kate Lydon, and Leslie Browne.

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LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is located at 100 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street in Manhattan. For detailed directions, please visit Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children and students and will go on sale Wednesday, July 16. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or visit ABT’s website at

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