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May 4, 2022

American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School to Perform at NYU Skirball, Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 P.M.

Dancers from American Ballet Theatre to Perform in Honor of Cynthia Harvey’s Final Year as Artistic Director of the ABT JKO School

NEW YORK, NY (May 4, 2022) — The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School will appear at NYU Skirball in New York City for two performances, Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 P.M.

Students of the ABT JKO School’s Pre-Professional Division will perform excerpts from a variety of repertoire including August Bournonville’s Conservatoriet staged by Petrusjka Broholm, Jota staged by Carmela Gallace after Igor Moiseyev, The Sleeping Beauty staged by Cynthia Harvey, and a suite from Coppélia staged by Gallace, Robert LaFosse, and Rubén Martín. Original choreography by ABT JKO School faculty member and former ABT Principal Dancer LaFosse will feature music composed by ABT JKO School student Charles Chaitman in tribute to his teacher.

The program at NYU Skirball will feature a special appearance by dancers from American Ballet Theatre. Léa Fleytoux, an alumna of the ABT JKO School, and Jarod Curley will perform the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, in honor of Cynthia Harvey’s final year as Artistic Director of the ABT JKO School. Fleytoux, a member of ABT’s corps de ballet since 2019, was one of the first students to study under Harvey at the ABT JKO School.

The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, under the direction of Harvey since 2016, currently serves over 250 students and encompasses a Pre-Professional Division for dancers ages 12-18 and a Children’s Division for dancers ages 5-12. The ABT JKO School follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, based on ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, men’s and women’s variations, pas de deux, character dance, modern, Pilates, strength training, music, and dance history.

Tickets, starting at $39, are available online at  NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place in New York City.

For more information on the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, please visit



American Ballet Theatre is one of the greatest dance companies in the world. Revered as a national treasure since its founding season in 1940, its mission is to create, present, preserve, and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing for the widest possible audience. Headquartered in New York City, ABT is the only cultural institution of its size and stature to extensively tour, enchanting audiences for eight decades in 50 U.S. states, 45 countries, and over 480 cities worldwide. ABT’s repertoire includes full-length classics from the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early twentieth century, and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces. In 2006, by an act of Congress, ABT was designated America’s National Ballet Company®.

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