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Summer Programs

Summer Intensives

Summer Intensives

American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. Under the supervision of ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Artistic Director of Summer Intensives Kate Lydon, the program offers top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. The ABT Summer Intensive focuses on developing well-rounded dancers through exposure to a wide variety of disciplines with an emphasis on classical ballet technique and key elements of ABT’s National Training Curriculum.

American Ballet Theatre will hold In-Person and Virtual Summer Intensives in 2022.

In both programs, students participate in daily classes with ABT’s renowned faculty and enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes exposure to ABT artists, history and repertory. Class size will be limited.

2022 Summer Intensive Sites

New York Summer Intensive

At the New York Summer Intensive, students will enjoy five weeks of classes in the ABT Studios at Broadway and 19th Street near Union Square. The New York Summer Intensive is geared toward advanced dancers and continues to be our longest, most challenging program. Students in this program are trained with ABT’s National Training Curriculum, receiving top-notch education in ballet technique. The New York Summer Intensive hosts special guest teachers including ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and other ABT Directors of Repertoire.

Dates: June 27 – July 29, 2022  (No classes on Monday, July 4)

Age Group Cost Location Housing
12-20 Tuition:

$3800 USD

American Ballet Theatre

890 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10003

(212) 477-3030 ext. 3416

Supervised housing is not available in New York.

The capacity of this program has been strictly limited in accordance with COVID safety protocols including mandatory mask wearing, enhanced cleaning, and vaccination requirements.

Dancers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the date of enrollment.  A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or 2 weeks after receipt of the single dose of the Janssen Vaccine.

This will be a day program only; no housing will be provided.  Each level will be limited to 25 dancers.

Virtual Summer Intensive Sessions

Students who are accepted on the 2022 Audition Tour may attend any combination of Virtual Summer Intensive sessions.  All sessions are two weeks with classes held Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted).  Students will be placed in levels based on audition performance and age.

Ages: 12-20

Dates:

  • Session 1 – June 13 – June 24, 2022*
  • Session 2 – July 11 – July 22, 2022
  • Session 3 – August 1 – August 12, 2022

Tuition: $600 USD per session

Location: via Zoom

 

*In Session 1, classes will be held Saturday, June 18.  ABT will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.

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Alumni

As of Fall 2021, 46  Dancers in American Ballet Theatre’s Main Company and 8 Dancers in the ABT Studio Company have attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs, including 6 Soloists and 8 Principal Dancers.

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Faculty

Students of ABT’s Summer Intensive are exposed to a level of training unmatched by any other summer program. The faculty consists of ABT alumni, current ABT Company Dancers, guest teachers, accomplished pianists, and ABT artistic staff including Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director, and Kate Lydon, Artistic Director of Summer Intensives.

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Program Information

New York Summer Intensive Curriculum

The curriculum of the 2022 New York Summer Intensive will include advanced technique classes and critical lecture courses to contribute to the development of a complete dancer. ABT’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile rather than stylized, who are thus prepared to work with any company. 

Classes for the 2022 Summer Intensive may include: 

  • Ballet Technique 
  • Pointe 
  • Partnering 
  • Variations 
  • Men’s Technique 
  • Men’s Variations 
  • Modern 
  • Nutrition
  • Acting for Dancers/Mime 
  • Jazz 
  • Character 
  • Dance History 
  • Yoga 
  • Pilates
  • Meet the Artist 
  • Music 
  • Injury Prevention 

Students take a minimum of four classes per day, consisting of daily technique and pointe, followed by the supplemental classes listed above. 

Virtual Summer Intensive Curriculum

The curriculum of the 2022 Virtual Summer Intensive will include advanced technique classes and critical lecture courses to contribute to the development of a complete dancer. ABT’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile rather than stylized, who are thus prepared to work with any company.

Classes for the 2022 Virtual Summer Intensive may include:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe
  • Variations
  • Men’s Technique
  • Men’s Variations
  • Modern
  • Mime
  • Musical Theater
  • Jazz
  • Character
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Dance History
  • Meet the Artist
  • Music
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition

Though some lecture offerings may vary by session, the daily structure and curriculum of all Virtual Summer Intensive programs is identical. Students take a minimum of three classes per day, consisting of daily technique and pointe, followed by the supplemental classes listed above. In addition, dancers may have special Meet the Artist sessions or lectures outside of the typical class schedule.

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Tuition Information

Tuition for each Summer Intensive varies by location (virtual or in-person) and duration. Specific amounts are listed above by program. Tuition may be paid by credit card.

Tuition for the New York Summer Intensive may be paid in two installments: half upon enrollment and the other half by May 1, 2022.

Tuition for the Virtual Summer Intensives is due in full at the time of enrollment.

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Scholarships

American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and partial scholarships for the 2022 In-Person and Virtual Summer Intensives. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of audition. There is no application process. American Ballet Theatre will notify scholarship recipients at the time of acceptance.

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"My two summers spent at ABT’s Summer Intensive were the most informative of my training. It is one of the only programs I have experienced that gave me true insight into what it is to be held responsible for my craft in preparation for becoming a professional. To be surrounded by dancers from all over the world and to be taught by some of my idols, as well as ballet’s biggest influences, was invaluable to my training there."

- Misty Copeland , Principal Dancer at ABT & Summer Intensive Student in New York (1999 & 2000)

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