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ABT Studio Company

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Scurry Night. Photo: Erin Baiano.

ABT Studio Company

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company seeks to develop the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers and audiences.

The central mission of ABT Studio Company is to prepare its exceptionally promising dancers (ages 17-21) for careers in American Ballet Theatre’s main Company or other leading ballet companies worldwide. ABT Studio Company serves as the crucial vehicle for transitioning from student to professional performer. Nearly 80% of current American Ballet Theatre dancers are alumni of ABT Studio Company, including fourteen Principal Dancers and eight Soloists.

Each season, ABT Studio Company commissions emerging and/or established choreographers to create new works on Studio Company dancers, serving as a platform for new choreography.

ABT Studio Company engages the broadest possible ballet audience by performing classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire in a range of venues around the globe.

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About Studio Company

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Training

Under ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky, ABT Studio Company members participate in an extensive schedule of classes and rehearsals. Classes include classical ballet technique, partnering, pointe, character, variations, acting, contemporary, choreography composition, music, Pilates, and strength & conditioning training. Workshops in nutrition, health and wellness, stress management, injury prevention, and other topics are also included in the curriculum. ABT Studio Company dancers train Monday through Saturday at American Ballet Theatre’s studios.

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Repertory

ABT Studio Company dancers work closely with members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and guest faculty to learn ABT repertoire and other masterworks of the classical and neoclassical canons. ABT Studio Company also supports the development of choreographic talent, engaging a wide variety of choreographers to create original pieces on the dancers each season. Performances feature a dynamic mixed program of classical and neoclassical excerpts and new works.

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Tarantella, Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust. Photo: Kyle Froman.

Performances & Touring

ABT Studio Company dancers share the professionalism and artistry of ABT with wide audiences through touring, residencies, and cultural exchanges, throughout the US and abroad.

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Community Engagement

ABT Studio Company is dedicated to developing the next generation of audience members and aspiring dancers. In addition to providing the highest quality training for its dancers, ABT Studio Company participates in educational and community engagement activities throughout New York City and beyond.

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ABT Studio Company 2022-2023
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ABT Studio Company Performances

Please check back for updates about ABT Studio Company’s 2022-2023 season performances and tours.

Visit ABT Studio Company’s Instagram page or the ABT Studio Company section of ABT’s YouTube Channel for more digital content.

Upcoming

Mar

10

Friday

ABT Studio Company at The Colonial Performing Arts Center

7:30 pm / The Colonial Performing Arts Center / Keene, New Hampshire

ABT Studio Company performs a dynamic mixed-repertoire program, featuring classical and neoclassical excerpts plus original commissions.

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Mar

12

Sunday

ABT Studio Company at Popejoy Hall

3:00 pm / Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, New Mexico

ABT Studio Company performs a mixed repertoire program, featuring classical and neoclassical excerpts plus original commissions.

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Mar

21

Tuesday

ABT Studio Company at California Center for the Arts

7:30 pm / California Center for the Arts / Escondido, California

ABT Studio Company performs a dynamic mixed-repertoire program, featuring classical and neoclassical excerpts plus original commissions.

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Mar

22

Wednesday

ABT Studio Company at McCallum Theatre

7:30 pm / McCallum Theatre / Palm Desert, California

ABT Studio Company performs a dynamic mixed-repertoire program, featuring classical and neoclassical excerpts plus original commissions.

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Apr

15

Saturday

Ballet in the Park featuring ABT Studio Company

7:00 pm / West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park / Hong Kong

Bring a picnic blanket or a folding chair and enjoy an unforgettable evening of thrilling ballet al fresco, as Hong Kong Ballet, with the generous support of Elaine Forsgate Marden, presents Ballet in the Park, featuring ABT Studio Company with special guest appearances by Hong Kong Ballet artists, on an open-air mainstage in West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park under the stars with the majestic Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop. Free admission.

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Faculty

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Kevin McKenzie

ABT Artistic Director

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Sascha Radetsky

Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company

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Yan Chen

Rehearsal Director, ABT Studio Company

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Luciana Paris

Contributing Rehearsal Director, ABT Studio Company

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Choreographer Lauren Lovette working with ABT Studio Company
Lauren Lovette working with ABT Studio Company. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Choreographers

ABT Studio Company seeks to nurture choreographic talent, commissioning choreographers at various stages of their careers to create new works on the group. Choreographers for the 2022-2023 season include Gemma Bond, Houston Thomas, and others to be announced.

ABT Studio Company is proud to participate in the ABT Women’s Movement, developing new works by female choreographers each season.

Other recent ABT Studio Company choreographers include Stefanie Batten Bland, Hope Boykin, Rena Butler, Ma Cong, Amy Hall Garner, Dana Genshaft, Sung Woo Han, Larry Keigwin, Emily Kikta & Peter Walker, Jessica Lang, Yannick Lebrun, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Lauren Lovette, Benjamin Millepied, Marco Pelle, Claudia Schreier, and Ethan Stiefel

Auditions

Dancers auditioning for ABT Studio Company should ideally be between the ages of 17 and 20 years old and exhibit an advanced level of ballet training. Space in ABT Studio Company is extremely limited.

Video auditions for the 2023-2024 season are accepted on a rolling basis starting on September 1, 2022 (see below for instructions). Some spots may be available for the 2022-2023 season; dancers who submit a video audition may also be considered for these positions.

An in-person audition will take place in New York City on January 7, 2023 as part of the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour (see below for more information).

Other than submitting a video audition or attending an open audition, auditions are by invitation only.

Video Auditions

Video Auditions for the 2023-2024 season will be accepted on a rolling basis starting on September 1, 2022. We will accept video auditions until all spots for the 2023-2024 season have been filled. Some spots may be available for the 2022-2023 season; dancers who submit a video audition may also be considered for these positions.

To apply by video:

  1. Video auditions must be submitted via the Accept’d portal after September 1, 2022.
  2. An audition fee of $41.50 will be required to complete your video audition (credit card only).
  3. To start an application, please click here and select “ABT Studio Company: Video Audition” from the “Start an Application” menu. Please carefully review all of the listed video guidelines prior to submission. You will be required to upload a video of classwork (variations optional), a full-body photo in first arabesque, a resume, and a headshot.
  4. Please allow several weeks for the Artistic Staff to review your submission.
  5. Selected dancers may be invited to take class with ABT Studio Company in New York following the receipt of video audition materials. If the Artistic Staff would like to see more material from you or invite you to audition in person, you will be contacted directly via the email address you supply on the Accept’d platform. Please note that submitting a video audition does not guarantee an invitation for an in-person audition.

In-Person Auditions

Dancers ages 16 and up may audition in person for ABT Studio Company on January 7, 2023 from 3-5pm in New York City as part of the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour. Online pre-registration is required and opens on December 1, 2022. Spaces in the audition are limited. To learn more and register, please visit the National Audition Tour webpage.

Photo: Erin Baiano.
Photo: Erin Baiano.

Present ABT Studio Company

The vibrant young dancers of ABT Studio Company share the artistry, professionalism, and innovation of American Ballet Theatre with a worldwide audience, serving as an ambassador for American Ballet Theatre by touring to venues large and small. In recent years, the Studio Company has performed in such international cities as London, Athens, Manila, Hong Kong, and St. Petersburg, and toured to a wide variety of US performing arts centers, college campuses, and outdoor festivals. ABT Studio Company programs feature a dynamic blend of favorites from the classical and neoclassical canons alongside contemporary and newly commissioned works.

ABT Studio Company is highly mobile and adaptable to venues of various sizes. Performance engagements can be supplemented and customized with additional activities to fit the needs of presenters and local communities. Popular engagements include school or family performances, master classes with the ABT Studio Company Artistic Director or Rehearsal Director, post-performance talkback and Q&A sessions, and meet-and-greets.

Presenters who are interested in engaging ABT Studio Company should contact the following:

For North America:  ABT Studio Company is represented by CAMI Music for bookings in North America. Please contact Theresa Vibberts at [email protected]. Visit our CAMI page for more information.

For outside of North America: Please contact ABT Studio Company Managing Director Claire Florian at [email protected] to discuss international engagements.

"From the opening pose and throughout this movement there was passion and professionalism... these performers are the next generation of ballet dancers, blossoming before our eyes."

- Broadway World

"The performers of ABT Studio Company – formerly ABT II - are well trained...The emphasis was on clarity, composure, musicality. Shoulders showed no tension, arms created perfect arcs and lines, legs radiated firmly, necks were beautifully clear, heads were charmingly, beautifully carried. Rhythm was spruce, phrasing steady. And everyone creates a stage world of chivalry, etiquette, good humor."

- The New York Times

"There was a purity... that was inspiring: a bare stage, marvelous costumes, a smart mix of classic and contemporary ballet. And most important, a group of poised young dancers on the cusp of their careers."

- St. Petersburg Times

"ABT Studio Company plays out charmingly as a fresh and fleet display of young dancers...accomplished classicists and comradely artists."

- The Wall Street Journal

"The dancers were magnetic - I'm excited to see them shine as they undoubtedly rise up the ranks."

- Broadway World

"Artistry, indeed, was evident...The audience was treated to a high level of dancing and top-notch choreography in an exciting repertoire of classics as well as current commissioned works that we normally don't see...thanks to collaborations of ABT with choreographers from all over the world."

- The Philippine Star

"The mood is buoyant, open, vibrant and cheeky - a feelgood fillip for all."

- The London Times

"The finale, La Bayadère, was proof that the best dancers don't need sets to capture the imagination...It was another successful event with a rousing applause from the audience."

- The Philippine Star

"ABT Studio Company brought us the raw energy we’ve come to expect from the best New York has to offer. Going to the ballet is a lot of fun – who knew?"

- Culture Whisper, London

Alumni

Nearly 80% of current American Ballet Theatre dancers are alumni of ABT Studio Company. ABT Studio Company graduates have also gone on to dance for other leading companies in the United States and abroad.

Dancers currently in American Ballet Theatre who started their careers in ABT Studio Company (formerly ABT II) include:

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For additional ABT Studio Company inquiries please contact [email protected] or use the below contact form.

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FAQs

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