November 17, 2003
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES STUDIO COMPANY ASSOCIATE PROGRAM
Auditions to be Held December 8 at ABT Headquarters
Unique After-School Pre-Professional Training Program To Emphasize the ABT Style and Classical Technique
American Ballet Theatre will launch the Studio Company Associate Program, a pre-professional training program for 12 high school students, it was announced today by John Meehan, Artistic Director of the ABT Studio Company, Education and Training.
The Studio Company Associate Program aims to provide the highest quality training, consistent with the stylistic requirements of ABT, for up to 12 students. The program is designed to accommodate the academic schedules of students, ages 14-18, with classes held weekdays, 2:30-5:30 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 Noon to 5:00 P.M. Classes in the Associate Program will include classical technique, pointe, partnering, pas de deux, character, modern technique and Pilates.
Of the new Associate Program, John Meehan said, “We felt there was a need in New York City for a school that would provide basic ballet training with a traditional, classical foundation. With this foundation in place, our aim is to establish a curriculum in which students can learn a variety of classical styles, as well as contemporary dance that blends modern and classical technique.”
Faculty will include members of ABT’s Artistic Staff, ABT alumni and other prominent teachers. Students will be accepted based on merit, and scholarships will be available based on need.
Auditions for the ABT Studio Company Associate Program will be held on Monday, December 8 at 4 P.M. at ABT’s headquarters at 890 Broadway, 3rd Floor. For audition information, please Click Here