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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 and the ABT Studio Company.

The inaugural workshop took place October 31 – November 10, 2018 at ABT’s 890 Broadway studios in New York City.  ABT Incubator, open to ABT dancers and freelance choreographers, culminated with a studio showing of the works created (each no longer than 15 minutes in length).

Participants were chosen through an audition process with selections made by a panel of choreographers, directors and artists in ballet and dance, including ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographers Jessica Lang and Lar Lubovitch.

2018 ABT Incubator Choreographers

Kelsey Grills is a dancer-choreographer based in New York City. She earned a BFA in Dance at Florida State University and has interned at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has choreographed work for PORTER Magazine and clothing brand Madewell, and has assisted on the choreography of films for Skype, Samsung and Derek Lam.

Sung Woo Han joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in 2013. Han was born in Seoul, South Korea and has won numerous awards including International Ballet Competition-Varna, Youth America Grand Prix and second prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2011.

Gabrielle Lamb is the director of Pigeonwing Dance, a contemporary dance company based in New York City. Lamb is the winner of a Princess Grace Award for Choreography and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, as well as choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet and Western Michigan University. Her work has been presented by companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Duncan Lyle, originally from Melbourne, Australia, graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 2010 and joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet the same year. He joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 2012.

James Whiteside, born in Fairfield, Connecticut, joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become principal dancer in 2009. He joined ABT as a Soloist in 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in 2013.


Lead Support for ABT Incubator is generously provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation.


Lead Support for ABT Incubator is generously provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation.