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July 15, 2009

FOR FRIDAY, JULY 24, 12 P.M. AND 4 P.M.,

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2009 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 14th annual New York Summer Intensive, a six-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive final performances will feature excerpts from Coppélia,
La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Raymonda
and Push Comes to Shove. The students will also perform original choreography by Leslie Browne, Olga Dvorovenko, Tina Fehlandt, Joe Istre, Jessica Lang and Brian Reeder.

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 2009 Summer Intensives will reach over 1000 participants in New York City and through satellite programs in Michigan, Alabama, Texas and California.

There are 245 students currently participating in the 2009 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 acting for dancers.

Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, ABT’s 2009 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporates a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff, and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Nancy Raffa, Clinton Luckett, Ethan Browne, Leslie Browne, Hilary Cartwright, Harriet Clark, Tina Fehlandt, Jessica Lang, Amanda McKerrow, Olga Dvorovenko, Brian Reeder and Lupe Serrano.

Scünci is the Official Hair Accessory of the ABT Summer Intensive.

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, $10 for children and students and will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 24 at 11 A.M. in the theatre lobby. For more information, please call 212.477.3030, ext. 3416 or visit ABT’s website at

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