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Teacher Training Intensives

Teacher Training Intensives

We at American Ballet Theatre believe that the key to raising the quality of ballet training nationwide is to provide teachers with the information needed to fully understand the best practices in pedagogy, child development, dance psychology, and anatomy. That is why ABT created the Teacher Training Intensives, in which ballet teachers receive a holistic education on the National Training Curriculum and the best practices in how to teach ballet.

The trainings are divided into three sessions: Session 1 is for NTC certification in Pre-Primary through Level 3, Session 2 is for NTC certification in Levels 4 and 5, and Session 3 is for NTC certification in Levels 6, 7, and Partnering. ABT offers a variety of national and international Teacher Training Intensives. See below for ABT’s opportunities for dance educators, within the US and internationally.


Getting Started

Pre-Primary through Level 3

Training Session #1: Pre-Primary through Level 3

Application is now open. *Please check the application deadline for each session below.

January 20 – 28, 2024 | St. Louis, MO
Application Closed

February 3-11, 2024 | Online
Application Closed

March 16 – 24, 2024 | Jacksonville, FL
Application Closed

April 6 – 14, 2024 | Costa Mesa, CA
Application Deadline: Extended to February 22, 2024

May 30 – June 7, 2024 | New York, NY
Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

July 27 – August 4, 2024 | New York, NY
Application Deadline: May 29, 2024


International Teacher Training Session

February 5 – 7 &  11 – 16, 2024 | Manila, Philippines
The session has been postponed to February 2025

July 1 – 9, 2024 | Florence, Italy (in Italian)
Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Tuition and Materials:

Tuition: $1700.00
Materials: $150 (plus shipping fee)

Please click below to submit your application form for review!

∗ Please DO NOT submit the application if you would like to audit or retake a teacher training course. You can request to audit or retake a course by emailing Registration for auditing and retaking a session will open on November 20, 2023.

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Continue Your Training

Levels 4 and Above

Training Session #2: Levels 4 and 5

February 13-18, 2024 | Online
Application Closed

June 10 – 15, 2024 | New York, NY
Application Deadline: April 10, 2024

Tuition and Materials:

Tuition: $1550.00
Materials: $50

Training Session #3: Levels 6, 7 and Partnering

June 17 – 22, 2024| New York, NY
Application Deadline: April 16, 2024

Tuition and Materials:

Tuition: $1550.00
Materials: $25

*In order to register for Levels 4 and 5, Levels 6,7 and Partnering, or to Retake or Audit a session, please email to apply for the training session. Please note that all inquiries must be made via email only.

Attend a Weekend Workshop

Raising the Barre Weekend Workshops

The Raising the Barre Weekend Workshops are designed to “raise the bar” of ballet training for teachers and their students, nurture emerging artists, and review historical gems.

Twyla Tharp – October 28 – 29, 2023 @ ABT’s Studios in New York, NY

Twyla Tharp is one of the most celebrated and prolific dance icons of our time. Her innovative work has positively impacted and shaped American ballet and the global dance landscape over many decades. ABT’s Raising the Barre weekend workshop, October 28-29, will let teachers and students get a glimpse into several of Twyla Tharp’s most beloved ballets, as well as the curriculum she has developed which educates dancers through the lessons that are embedded in her choreography. Limited spots are available.

Tharp Technique and Repertory classes will be taught by longtime trusted répétiteurs, Stacy Caddell and John Selya. Ballet technique classes will be taught by ABT JKO School Artistic Director, Stella Abrera, and other members of the ABT Education Department. Panel discussions will include a cameo by Twyla Tharp herself. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to Raise the Barre!


 Registration deadline is extended to October 25, 2023  

*Please note the number of participants is limited, and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

  • General registration – $300 
  • ABT NTC Certified Teacher registration – $200 

For the General registration, please click the button below and start “Register as a Student” and create your account to login. Once you login, go to Upcoming Program and select “2023 Raising the Barre Workshop – NON-Certified Teachers”.

For ABT NTC Certified Teachers, please click the button below and start “Register as a Teacher” and login to your portal. Once you login, go to Upcoming Program and select “2023 Raising the Barre Workshop – Certified Teachers”

For ABT NTC Fellows, please email by Friday, October 20 to register. 


Teachers who complete the registration are eligible to bring their students, ages 14-18, to the workshop. Please email for information on how to register students. 


Past Weekend Workshops include:

Raising the Barre | Art of Port de Bras

Raising the Barre | Mime, Men’s Work & Character

Raising the Barre | Coppélia

Raising the Barre | Bournonville

Raising the Barre | The Cuban Method

Raising the Barre | with COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet

Raising the Barre | The Romantic Ballet

Raising the Barre | Frederick Ashton’s The Dream

Raising the Barre | Twyla Tharp

ABT Certified Teacher Classes

Please note: Upcoming classes will be posted in Fall 2022.

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