After twenty-three years without a ballet school, ABT opened the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2004, signaling a renewed commitment to training future ballet dancers from the United States and around the world. Both ABT and its student group, the Studio Company, offer a balance between performing the classics and supporting new, innovative choreography. The Studio Company also performs annually in New York and engages in touring and residencies.
ABT Past and Present
Though ABT continues to push for innovation and creativity, it also respects tradition. Its dancers train at the highest levels ensuring ABT's standing as one of the nation's top dance companies.
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Irving Penn, photographer. ABT Company members in 1948. Seated on scaffold: Hugh Laing, John Kriza, and Igor Youskevitch. Below: Muriel Bentley, Alicia Alonso, Antony Tudor, Oliver Smith, Dimitri Romanoff, Lucia Chase, Nora Kaye, and Max Goberman. American Ballet Theatre Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (036.00.00)
Michael Thompson, photographer. ABT Company members in 2003. Top Row: Julio Bocca, Amanda McKerrow, Ethan Stiefel, Ashley Tuttle, Alessandra Ferri, and Marcelo Gomes. Middle Row: Paloma Herrera, Gillian Murphy, and José Manuel Carreño. Bottom Row: Maxim Beloserkovsky, Julie Kent, Angel Corella, and Irina Dvorovenko. Left: Frederic Franklin. Right: Kevin McKenzie. American Ballet Theatre Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (037.00.00) © Michael Thompson
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The Next Generation
ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School trains hundreds of students each year in its Children's Division and Pre-Professional Division. It is the home of the ABT Studio Company, which gives promising dancers aged sixteen to twenty opportunities to perform. In its production of The Nutcracker, young girls dream of landing the role of Clara who receives a nutcracker as a present from her godfather, “Uncle” Drosselmeyer, and soon enters a magical dream world of toy soldiers, giant rats, and sugar plum fairies. First choreographed in 1892 by Marius Petipa, The Nutcracker was restaged for ABT by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976, Kevin McKenzie in 1993, and Alexei Ratmansky in 2010.
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Gene Schiavone, photographer. ABT students in Alexei Ratmansky's Nutcracker, 2012. American Ballet Theatre Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (045.00.00) © Gene Schiavone
Erin Baiano, photographer. Students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Raymond Lukens's Jerusalem Divertissement, 2013. American Ballet Theatre Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (046.00.00) © Erin Baiano
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