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American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-3030
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The classical ballet school of New York

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The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre strives to foster the development of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballet for a select few of the globes aspiring professional dancers. With a strong focus on traditional ballet, the school is geared to service the balletomane. While adaptability is emphasized, clean technique takes precedence over the mastery of various dance styles. The JKO School best suits the classically inclined dancer interested in mastering the works of Marius Petipa and Frederick Ashton.

A world-renowned faculty, vigorous training schedule, audition-only acceptance, and a location linked to the ABT studios make the JKO School optimal for those seeking a serious environment and career level skill. By age twelve students are required to take two classes per day a minimum of four times a week. As they advance commitment is upped to six days a week and can include additional classes and rehearsals. Advanced students are encouraged to arrange their academic studies around their ballet schedules. In addition to ballet, JKO students take character, modern, and pilates classes. They also attend regular enrichment workshops, which cover subjects such as nutrition, strength training, and dance history. Such intensive training leads many JKO students to go on to dance in major dance companies worldwide including ABT, Miami City Ballet, LA Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Prague State Opera Ballet, and The Leipzig Ballet.

The school is relatively small when compared to other professional training programs such as SAB. The entire student body is usually no more than 70 dancers and classes tend to cap off at 18 dancers. The JKO space boasts four large studios and is located a floor above ABT's rehearsing ground. Dancers brush shoulders with the likes of Ethan Stiefel, Julie Kent, and Diana Vishneva. Just as important, company choreographers, members, and directors have a close eye on up and coming dancers.

With rigorous training by an elite faculty, the JKO School produces ballerinas primed to bring the classics to life.
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