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ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Pre-Professional Division

Pre-Professional Division

The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is a pre-professional ballet training program for students, ages 12-17. Under the direction of Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the success of each student. Admission is by audition only.

The ABT JKO School follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Classes include Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s and Women’s Variations, Pas de Deux, Character Dance, Modern, Pilates, Men’s Strength Training, Music and Dance History.

The ABT JKO School is also proud to participate in a full Wellness Program as part of our Healthy Dancer Curriculum. This initiative focuses on addressing both the physical and psychological needs of our ballet students through a series of professionally run workshops. Workshop topics include Nutrition, Women’s Health, Stress Management, Strength Training, Resume Writing and Audition Preparation.

"The aim at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is to provide superb ballet training to our students. Our teaching embraces sound principles; the knowledge which the student can use towards the goal of a long and healthy career."

- Cynthia Harvey , Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School


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Curriculum & Tuition

Curriculum:

At the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, our students are trained with ABT’s National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements of classical French, Italian, and Russian schools of ballet. The goal of our Curriculum is to train students to use their bodies correctly by educating them on anatomy, kinetics, coordination, and alignment. Artistically, our Curriculum strives to provide for students both a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles of dance.

As each level follows our carefully planned Curriculum throughout the year, students are expected to attend all their assigned classes.

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Tuition and Scholarships:

Tuition is $6750 for students in Upper 1; $8250 for students in Upper 2; and $9100 for students in Upper 3. Scholarships are awarded based exclusively on merit and are extremely competitive. There is no financial aid available.

Levels & Schedules

Each level of the Pre-Professional Division is designed to accommodate both the developmental needs of the age group and the academic schedules of our students. Detailed information for each level is outlined below.

Upper 1

Tuition: $6750

2020-2021 Class Schedules

Monday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Uniform

There is a strict dress code for each level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Dress code details will be provided upon acceptance and enrollment.

Upper 2

Tuition: $8250

2020-2021 Class Schedules

Monday 2:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Tuesday 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Wednesday 2:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Thursday 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Uniform

There is a strict dress code for each level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Dress code details will be provided upon acceptance and enrollment.

Upper 3

Tuition: $9100

2020-2021 Class Schedules

Monday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Uniform

There is a strict dress code for each level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Dress code details will be provided upon acceptance and enrollment.

Auditions & Admissions

Acceptance to the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is by audition only. Prospective students may audition by attending an open audition, submitting a video audition, or by attending an ABT Summer Intensive.

Expand below for more information about the types of auditions.

Audition Methods

Open Audition

There are currently no future Pre-Professional Division auditions scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Summer Intensives

Students may audition for the ABT JKO School Pre-Professional Division at select cities on the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour.  Dates for the 2021 National Audition Tour will be listed in November.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, students will not be able to audition  for the ABT JKO School through their participation in the ABT Summer Intensive.  We encourage all interested students to submit a video audition using the guidelines above.

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Video Audition

We are no longer accepting video auditions for the Pre-Professional Division for the 2020-2021 school year.

Faculty & Accompanists

Led by Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, the faculty of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School includes members of ABT’s Artistic Staff, alumni, graduates of the ABT/NYU Master’s Program in Ballet Pedagogy, and other prominent teachers. Learn more about our faculty by clicking on the links below.

Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director

Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

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Kevin McKenzie

Artistic Director

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Cynthia Harvey

Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

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Faculty

Harriet Clark

Principal Teacher, ABT JKO School Children’s Division

View Harriet's Bio

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Ethan Stiefel

Principal Guest Instructor, ABT JKO School

View Ethan's Bio
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Accompanists

Each class at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is accompanied by one of our accomplished musicians.

Michael Cherry, Stephanie Chun, Michael Dolnikov, John Epperson, Misha Golubitsky, Marco Jimenez,  Sofiya Leavsie, Dmitry Polischuk, Tim Prepscius, Victor See Yuen, Mihoko Suzuki, Laura Tishchenko, Mira Tsidulko

Alumni

Alumni of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School currently account for 23% of the dancers in ABT’s main Company, including:

 

ABT JKO School graduates have also gone on to dance with many renowned ballet companies both domestic and international, such as the ABT Studio Company, The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and others.

 

 


ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School students wear Capezio leotards.

 

 

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