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Welcome to ABT News! To stay updated on all American Ballet Theatre topics and happenings, read our most recent press releases below. You’ll find information on both New York City and touring events on this page.

ABT maintains this section for archival purposes; individual releases are not updated and should only be relied upon up to the date on which they are published.

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American Ballet Theatre Launches SideBarre, a Weekly Blog Series Featuring a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the ABT Community

July 8, 2020

SideBarre, a weekly blog series featured on, takes readers on a journey of ABT behind-the-scenes with posts from ABT dancers and conductors, staff and production crew. SideBarre offers insights from a cross-section of the Company. Check in each week to hear from members of the artistic, education, music, make-up and wardrobe departments about their […]

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American Ballet Theatre to Cancel 2020 Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater

American Ballet Theatre to Cancel 2020 Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater

June 19, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, American Ballet Theatre announced the cancellation of its 2020 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, originally planned for October 21–November 1, 2020. The cancellation was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. “We had planned a robust season of new […]

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American Ballet Theatre Announces ABT Heals, A Music and Dance Program for Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

June 15, 2020

American Ballet Theatre, in conjunction with Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, has launched ABT Heals, a bi-weekly music and dance program to provide comfort and the beauty of ballet to Mount Sinai’s physicians and staff, patients and their families. Designed to coincide with ABT’s virtual season by spotlighting a different ballet each week, ABT Heals features […]

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An Important Message from American Ballet Theatre 

An Important Message from American Ballet Theatre 

June 1, 2020

American Ballet Theatre mourns together with and for the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others who have lost loved ones because of racism. In the fight for justice and equality, we stand with these fellow Americans and the communities of black and brown people all over this country who […]

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ABT Joins New York Cares to Assist Volunteer Efforts for The Actors Fund and KEEN

May 20, 2020

Building on the success of American Ballet Theatre’s “80 Hours of Service” with the New York Cares Coat Drive, which kicked off the Company’s 80th Anniversary earlier this year, ABT staff and artists are again joining forces with New York Cares to serve New Yorkers in need.  In addition, ABT will begin its first collaboration […]

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American Ballet Theatre Offstage: A Virtual Season

May 11, 2020

Virtual Offerings Each and Every Day for Eight Weeks to Include Tributes to ABT Dancers, Anniversary Spotlights and In-Depth Features

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American Ballet Theatre: Together Tonight

May 5, 2020

ABT’s First-Ever Online Celebration In Honor Of the 80th Anniversary of America’s National Ballet Company®
to Stream on YouTube, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7–8 PM EDT, Featuring ABT Dancers, The ABT Orchestra and Celebrity Friends

Special Guest Performances by Tony Bennett and Cynthia Erivo, with Appearances by Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Ripa and Liev Schreiber

An Evening of New and Innovative Work Created at a Social Distance to Benefit the ABT Crisis Release Fund

A Salute to Essential Workers Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance

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92Y Announces Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III
An Online Conversation with Budd Mishkin

April 15, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 5pm, $5

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ABT to Launch ABTKids Daily

April 10, 2020

Beginning Monday, April 13, American Ballet Theatre will launch ABTKids Daily, a new online resource with digital content to help families and educators build their virtual classrooms during this time of distance learning. The ABTKids Daily page on the Company’s website will be updated every Monday morning with a week’s worth of curriculum on classical […]

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ABT to Cancel 2020 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House

April 8, 2020

American Ballet Theatre announced today the cancellation of its 2020 season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The season, marking the Company’s 80th Anniversary, was scheduled for May 11–July 4, 2020. The cancellation, necessitated by the public health crisis arising from the coronavirus pandemic, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Executive Director Kara […]

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Random House Children’s Books to Partner with ABT on a Multi-Year, Multi-Book Publishing Program to Launch in Fall 2020

April 2, 2020

B Is for Ballet and Boys Dance! Will Release in Time for the Opening of
ABT’s 80th Anniversary Fall Season

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American Ballet Theatre Launches ABT Crisis Relief Fund in Support of ABT Artists

March 26, 2020

American Ballet Theatre’s artists – dancers, production crew, rehearsal pianists, ballet masters and education faculty – directly impacted by the loss of income due to canceled tour engagements in four cities this spring are now receiving supplemental benefits and financial support through the newly established ABT Crisis Relief Fund.  The Fund, created by ABT, will […]

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ABT to Offer Online Classes for Children Ages 2-8 on Instagram

March 20, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, children and parents can tune into @ABTSchool on Instagram for daily classes in ballet movement taught by former ABT dancers, faculty from the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School and ABT teaching artists.  All teachers are certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum.  The classes will be available through Instagram […]

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ABT’s Performances at 2020 Abu Dhabi Festival to Be Postponed

March 10, 2020

American Ballet Theatre’s scheduled performances of Romeo and Juliet at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Festival have been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). It was announced today by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Romeo and Juliet with The Cleveland Orchestra were scheduled for April 3 and […]

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David Hallberg Named Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

March 3, 2020

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer David Hallberg has been appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, effective January 2021. It was announced on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Melbourne by The Australian Ballet. Hallberg succeeds David McAllister, who served as Artistic Director for the last 30 years. Commenting on the appointment, American Ballet Theatre Artistic […]

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