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No, it is not required. However, those who do come through JKO have an advantage because they know the culture of ABT and how we work.
No. However, more than 60 of the current dancers in ABT have come through the Studio Company, including 9 principals and 11 soloists.
Dancers in ABT Studio Company are provided with full scholarships, stipends, and, in some cases, housing. Studio Company dancers do not pay a fee to participate.
Dancers must be between the ages of 16 and 20.
Dancers taken into ABT Studio Company are highly proficient in ballet and dancing at an advanced technical level.
Yes, international dancers are eligible for ABT Studio Company. Assistance with arranging student visas is provided to accepted international dancers, and ABT Studio Company covers any costs associated with the visa process.
ABT Studio Company dancers have frequent opportunities to perform onstage. Specific performance engagements vary from year to year, but every season, ABT Studio Company has its own performances in New York City. Additional performances include domestic and international tours, performances at universities, exchanges with other ballet schools, and educational performances for schools in the local community.
ABT Studio Company dancers perform The Nutcracker with the main company, and are able to perform as supernumeraries during the company’s Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House. ABT Studio Company has also performed at the company’s Fall and Spring galas.
Dancers can be with ABT Studio Company for up to two years. Of course, there are always exceptions.
ABT Studio Company is made up of 12 dancers—6 men and 6 women. Each dancer has an individualized plan and gets a lot of individual attention.
Yes. Men and women are separated for technique class three days a week and together three days a week.
Other than their regular technique classes, pas de deux, variations and rehearsals, dancers in ABT Studio Company take classes in the following: character, men’s strengthening, women’s strengthening, Pilates, dance history, acting for dancers, music, and more.
ABT Studio Company members have access to in-house physical therapy services. Dancers also participate in a series of wellness workshops throughout the year. Topics explored include nutrition, injury prevention, stress management, and more. Dancers have access to a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with artists.
While full-time training and rehearsal hours do not permit dancers to attend traditional academic schools, many ABT Studio Company dancers pursue academic educations online, via home schooling, or at local evening classes. The ABT JKO School also facilitates supplemental tutoring for ABT Studio Company dancers in a variety of subjects including English-as-a-Second-Language, Math/Science and English/Humanities for those students who require additional help with their studies.