ABT Studio Company is a small classical company of twelve young
dancers of outstanding potential. In its eleventh season, the Studio
Company prepares these dancers to enter American Ballet Theatre
and provides opportunities for the emergence of new and established
choreographers and composers. Through national performances, lecture-demonstrations
and academic residencies, the ABT Studio Company brings the excitement
of close contact with a professional company into communities around
The dancers (ages 16-20) are handpicked from around the world by
the artistic staff of American Ballet Theatre. Studio Company dancers
will train in the program for one or two years before joining American
Ballet Theatre’s main company or other leading national and
international professional companies.
Under the leadership of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and
Studio Company Director John Meehan, the company participates in
an extensive schedule of daily classes, rehearsals and performances.
To supplement daily ballet technique class, the dancers study character,
modern, pilates, and yoga. Studio Company dancers enhance their
experience through national and international performances, cultural
exchanges, large-scale residencies, and by working closely with
American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company is available to
perform in venues across the country. The company’s varied
repertoire mirrors the traditions of American Ballet Theatre, and,
while it is firmly rooted in classical ballet, it may also feature
contemporary choreography. Evening performances are generally two
hours and often showcase premieres by new and established choreographers,
as well as previously existing works from the company’s repertory.
The Studio Company performs annually in New York City, and is available
to tour from October through April. The Studio Company has recently
appeared at engagements in California, Florida, Indiana, North
Massachusetts, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.
The New York Times calls ABT’s Studio Company dancers “Well-trained
and willing. They perform with an appealing blend of freshness
and individual presence,” while The Star-Ledger says, “The
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company delights audiences with
its youthful vigor and panache. These dancers are firecrackers!”
Each year, a number of young choreographers are selected to create repertory
pieces for the Studio Company. By providing an artistic forum and enabling
dancers to participate in the collaborative process, new choreography
benefits both emerging choreographers and the ABT Studio Company. Dancers
receive an invaluable experience in working with different choreographic
styles and methods, and choreographers receive crucial exposure.
Outreach and Residencies
In order to reach the widest possible audience, ABT is dedicated
to developing the next generation of audience members. To this
end, the Studio Company will continue its extensive outreach activities
in the coming season.
ABT’s Studio Company serves as a bridge between ballet training
and professional performance for talented young dancers ages 16
to 20. In addition to providing the highest quality training, this
12-member ensemble acts as American Ballet Theatre’s principal
outreach arm by leading public programs in schools across the country.
Over the years, the company has performed for well over 20,000
school children from New York to California.
Educational outreach programs offered by the Studio Company can
be tailored to any age group and may include Afternoon Performances
for School Children, Master Classes, Pre-performance
Evening Performances, and University Residencies. The size and
accessibility of the Studio Company allows for intimate contact
between the local community and professional dancers. ABT is committed
to creating unique educational programs specifically designed for
the communities we visit. The Studio Company is available for residencies
of up to three weeks, an outstanding opportunity for university
students to participate in the daily life of a professional company.
Recent residencies include North Carolina School of the Arts and
the State University of New York at Purchase College.