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ABT Incubator

ABT Incubator

ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic program directed by ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, provides a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work. Choreographers will be provided resources, including studio space, a stipend, collaborators, panel discussions and mentorships, to create new work on dancers from American Ballet Theatre. The inaugural workshop took place in Fall 2018.

The 2019 workshop will take place October 29 – November 9 at ABT’s 890 Broadway studios in New York City. ABT Incubator, open to ABT dancers and freelance choreographers, will culminate with a studio showing of the works created (each no longer than 15 minutes in length).

Travel, accommodations and per diem are not included.


Participants will be chosen through an audition process with selections made by a panel of choreographers, directors and artists in ballet and dance, including ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographer Jessica Lang.

Audition Information

Thursday, August 8, 2019
890 Broadway
New York, New York

To Apply

Choreographers seeking to audition for ABT Incubator will be chosen through an application process. If your application is selected, you will be contacted to arrange your audition.

Please send the following information to [email protected] by July 19, 2019:

  • A current bio or CV, listing previous choreographic work
  • A written proposal describing your work. i.e. vocabulary, length, style, number of dancers (not to exceed 5).
  • Video links to previous choreographic work (not required)
  • A selection of music that inspires or accompanies your work (not required)
  • Contact information, email address and phone number

If selected to audition on August 8, you will be asked to prepare a 1 – 3 minute work of choreography and concept. You may bring up to two dancers (in addition to yourself) to present movement.

Choreographers of all ages, ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identifications are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States to be considered.


No phone call or email queries please – applications only.


ABT Incubator is supported by American Express and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.