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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 Susan Jaffe 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.
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.
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 Susan Jaffe and other ABT Directors of Repertoire.
Dates: June 24 – July 26, 2024 (No classes on Thursday, July 4)
|American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-3030 ext. 3416
|Supervised housing is not available in New York.|
This will be a day program only; no housing will be provided. Level size will be limited. The program will conclude with a final performance on Friday, July 26, 2024.
ABT is excited to revisit our relationship with the University of South Florida in Tampa to host a three-week intensive. This program will focus on the refinement of technique for intermediate and advanced dancers. Students will be taught by renowned ABT faculty and will have the opportunity to perform ABT repertory in a final performance.
Dates: July 8 – July 26, 2024
Day Student Fee:
Room and Board:
|University of South Florida
School of Theatre and Dance
4202 East Fowler Avenue, TAR 230
Tampa, FL 33620
July 7, 2024
July 26, 2024 (following Final Showing)
Housing is available. Level size will be limited. The program will conclude with a final performance on Friday, July 26, 2024.
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
As of Fall 2023, over half of the Dancers in American Ballet Theatre’s Main Company and 7 Dancers in the ABT Studio Company have attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs, including 5 Soloists and 10 Principal Dancers.
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
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.
The curriculum of the 2024 Summer Intensives 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 2024 Summer Intensive may include:
Students take a minimum of four classes per day, consisting of daily technique and pointe, followed by the supplemental classes listed above.
Tuition for each Summer Intensive varies by location and duration. Specific amounts are listed above by program. Tuition may be paid by credit card.
Tuition for the Summer Intensive may be paid in two installments: half upon enrollment and the other half by May 1, 2024.
American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and partial scholarships for the 2024 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.
Dancers may audition in person at one of the sites on our National Audition Tour or submit a video audition. Participation in the ABT Summer Intensive is by acceptance only. Students may only audition once each year. Online pre-registration is required for all auditions. Online pre-registration will open on November 1, 2023.
Auditions are open to dancers of all genders who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Applicants for all Summer Intensives must turn 12 by June 24, 2024 and be no older than 20 on June 24, 2024.
Visit the Audition Information Page for important details, audition guidelines and the National Audition Tour schedule.Audition Information