Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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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.

ABT Fall Season

Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, ABT’s 2020 Fall season performances at the David H. Koch Theater have been cancelled. The season was originally planned for October 21– November 1, 2020.

While the impossibility of proceeding with our season is disappointing, we are excited to present our all-virtual fall programming, Autumn @ ABT, which will feature exhilarating digital creations, our 80th Anniversary Fall Gala and World Premieres created in quarantined “ballet bubbles.”

Autumn @ ABTFall Season Announcement

ABT Touring Engagements

ABT has announced select tour dates for Spring of 2021. For more information, please visit ABT On Tour. We will maintain strict safety protocols and follow guidance from the CDC and local public health agencies.

ABT On Tour

ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (JKO) remained closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We continued with our Virtual Learning Model through the originally scheduled semester end date of Friday, May 22.

In order to safely provide consistent, excellent training, all ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School classes have moved online and we are continuing a Virtual Learning Model through the Fall 2020 semester.

The ABT JKO School open auditions on April 5 (Children’s Division) and April 18 (Pre-Professional Division) have been postponed until further notice. For information about submitting a Pre-Professional Division video audition, please click here.

ABT Studio Company

ABT Studio Company remained closed through the end of the 2019-2020 season. Dancers continued training online via our Virtual Learning Model through Friday, May 22.

All remaining ABT Studio Company performances in Spring and Summer 2020 were cancelled, including the New York City performances at Ailey Citigroup Theater from May 1-3, the tour to the United Kingdom, and performances at Choate Rosemary Hall, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park for Dance, Lincoln Center Moments, Five Moons Festival and Green Box Arts Festival.

ABT Studio Company’s Fall 2020 tours have been postponed. The dancers are gathering this Fall in a remote location and quarantining together to safely rehearse and create new work. We look forward to sharing additional information and updates via ABT’s social media channels.

ABT Summer Intensive

The ABT Summer Intensive completed Online Training for the following 2020 Summer Training Programs:

  • Collegiate Summer Intensive
  • New York Summer Intensive
  • Alabama Summer Intensive
  • Florida Summer Intensive
  • Texas Summer Intensive
  • California Summer Intensive
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop (New York Session 1)
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop (Costa Mesa, California)
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop (New York Session 2)
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop (Dallas, Texas)

ABT Crisis Relief 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 Crisis Relief 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 Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:00pm.