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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The safety and well-being of our audience, employees, dancers and students will always be of the highest importance to us. Following the advice of public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control, American Ballet Theatre’s offices will be closed with staff working remotely until further notice.

2022 Summer Season at the Metropolitan Opera House

For 2022 Summer performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, all ticket holders must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine.

All audience members must provide in-person proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Audiences will be required to maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines when attending performances.

Vaccines are now available for children ages 5 to 11, and fully vaccinated children are welcome to attend performances beginning two weeks after receiving their final dose. Photo ID for children under 12 will not be required as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with valid photo ID.

Negative COVID tests for audience members, including children, will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination proof.

Specific health and safety protocols are determined by the Metropolitan Opera House and American Ballet Theatre and are subject to change. We will strive to communicate substantial changes to health and safety protocols in advance of performances.

2022 Summer Season

ABT Touring Engagements

ABT’s previously scheduled tours for the 2020-2021 season have been postponed. Outdoor socially distanced performances took place in spring 2021, including appearances at the Kaatsbaan Spring Festival, Los Angeles Music Center, Green Box Arts Festival, and Little Island in New York City. In July, the Company took to the road with ABT Across America, traveling by bus and truck to 8 U.S. cities over 21 days.

Please visit the ABT On Tour page for the most current information about upcoming tours in the 2021-2022 season.

ABT On Tour

ABT Studio Company

ABT Studio Company returns to an in-person 2021-2022 season beginning in September. Live performances will kick off with a tour of the American Southwest in November 2021. All plans have been made with guidance from ABT’s medical advisors and are subject to change.

ABT Studio Company

ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School has remained closed since March 2020.  In order to safely provide consistent, excellent training, all ABT JKO School classes moved online and all classes were held through a Virtual Learning Model spring 2020 through spring 2021.

Following extensive discussions with ABT’s Medial Advisory Board and partners across the organization, the ABT JKO School Pre-Professional Division and Children’s Division will move forward with a fall semester of in-person training at 890 Broadway beginning October 2021.

The capacity of the Children’s Division has been strictly limited in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, including mandatory mask wearing, distancing, and enhanced cleaning. Pre-Primary (ages 3 & 4) will not be offered on-site for in-person training in fall 2021 due to new capacity regulations and recommendations for health and safety.

ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

ABT Today Fund

As COVID-19 continues to spread, American Ballet Theatre is anticipating tremendous financial loss due to cancellation of performances and events, and also due to the effect stock market volatility is having on our donors. As a leading member of the nonprofit dance community, we anticipate a devastating hit both to earned and contributed revenue, threatening the arts and educational programs and services we offer to the public.

Please support ABT’s artists now!

ABT Today Fund

Thank you for your support of American Ballet Theatre and for your understanding during these uncertain times. We will share updates as we continue to navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please check back to this page for further updates.


Updated Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4:30pm.