Please use this guide as a reference and always confirm dates and requirements through official intensive websites before auditioning.

Summer Intensives for Ballet


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*Please visit official website as some descriptions may be out of date.


Participants in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd.  In 2011, more than 4,000 students auditioned in 22 cities across the United States.  ABT’s 2011 Summer Intensives reached over 1100 participants of which 250 were selected to participate in New York City at the ABT Studios. Other students participated through satellite programs in Michigan, Alabama, Texas and California. Age range is 12-22 (Yound Dancer Workshop is ages 9-11 and in 2011 ran the first 2 weeks of August after the end of the 5 week program for older students).


Additional information for NY Site : (Level - Advanced) 5 weeks - Housing is not provided.

Final performance for 16th Annual NY SI 2011 was at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York.


Students performed selections from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Giselle, and Le Corsaire, and  an excerpt from Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream. Also, original choreography by Erika Pujic, Adrienne Hurd, Joe Istre, Leslie Browne and Brian Reeder was featured. Tickets were $15 for adults, $10 for children and students.


The annual program at ABT’s New York City studios is a comprehensive course that begins with daily ballet technique class and includes specialized classes in pointe work, partnering, choreography, jazz, character dance, modern dance, musical theater, Pilates and yoga for young dancers.  To complement the dancers’ training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, nutrition and dance history.


Under the direction of Melissa Allen Bowman, the 2011 New York Summer Intensive Program incorporated a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT’s Artistic Staff and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Wes Chapman, Kate Lydon, Ethan Brown, Leslie Browne, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Brian Reeder, Lupe Serrano, David Howard and Rosanna Seravalli.


Scünci is the Official Hair Accessory of the ABT Summer Intensive.



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