Diversity & Inclusion

ABT Women's Movement

ABT Women’s Movement

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Support the ABT Women's Movement

The ABT Women’s Movement is an ongoing initiative to support the creation, exploration and staging of new works by female choreographers for American Ballet Theatre and the ABT Studio Company.  The ABT Women’s Movement will support at least three female choreographers each season to create new works for American Ballet Theatre.  In most years, one work will be designated for ABT’s main Company, one for the ABT Studio Company and one will be a work-in-process workshop for ABT or Studio Company dancers.  Each choreographer will work with her respective group of dancers for a two-to-five week period, receiving guidance and feedback from ABT’s artistic staff.

The ABT Women’s Movement took shape in 2016 as the Women Choreographers Initiative, having supported the ABT World Premiere of The Gift by Jessica Lang and the return of Lang’s Her Notes during the Company’s 2017 Fall season.  The Initiative also funded new works for the ABT Studio Company by New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette and former San Francisco Ballet soloist Dana Genshaft.  In addition, choreographer Pam Tanowitz was in residency with ABT in November 2017 on a work-in-process.  The workshop explored and developed movement phrases and concepts and culminated in an informal studio showing.

ABT Women's Movement In the News

Marie Claire

Champion Support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal.


Additional support provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, Donna and Richard Esteves, Margee and John Falk, Janine and J. Tomilson Hill, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Denise Littlefield Sobel, The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Elizabeth Yntema, and through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.


ABT also recognizes the generosity of other donors who have contributed to the ABT Women’s Movement.

2019-2020 Season

American Ballet Theatre’s 2019 Fall Gala celebrates the ABT Women’s Movement and the evening’s performance features the New York Premiere of Jessica Lang’s Let Me Sing Forevermore. The Fall season will also include a World Premiere by Gemma Bond and Lang’s Garden Blue.

ABT corps de ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick was this year’s ABT Women’s Movement work-in-process workshop choreographer. Hamrick explored and developed movement phrases set to music by The Rolling Stones.

ABT Studio Company’s 2019-2020 performance season will feature premieres by Lang, Amy Hall Garner, and Lauren Lovette. The Studio Company will also return to Duke University for its annual residency in February where they will learn a new work by Stefanie Batten Bland.

"The ABT Women’s Movement takes inspiration from the groundbreaking female choreographers who have left a lasting impact on ABT’s legacy, including Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp."

- Kevin McKenzie

"The Artistic staff at American Ballet Theatre has embraced and encouraged my work for nearly 20 years. I am proud to be a part of this initiative. If we can ignite all imaginations to find creative potential, we can move from possible to probable that the future will have equality and be rich with inventive ideas and engaging art."

- Jessica Lang


Below are the women whose work American Ballet Theatre has commissioned or staged throughout the Company’s history.

View each artist’s ABT credits below her name, along with the year each ballet was premiered by the Company.
An asterisk (*) indicates a commissioned work.