American Ballet Theatre's NY Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for 7/25

American Ballet Theatre's NY Summer Intensive Final Performances Scheduled for 7/25

Final performances for American Ballet Theatre's New York Summer Intensive Program are scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12 P.M. and 4 P.M. at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. The performances mark the conclusion of ABT's 19th annual New York Summer Intensive, a five-week training program for dancers ages 12 to 22.

Summer Intensive students will perform selections from Coppélia, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Les Rendezvous and Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker. Additionally, original choreography by Gemma Bond, Melissa Bowman, Leslie Browne, Franco De Vita, Olga Dvorovenko, Adrienne Hurd, Jeremy McQueen and Hollie Wright will be performed.

Participants in American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensives are chosen through a cross-country audition tour sponsored by Freed of London, Ltd. This year, more than 4,500 students auditioned in 24 cities across the United States. ABT's 2014 Summer Intensives will reach over 1,400 participants in New York City and satellite programs in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and California.

Currently, 302 students are participating in the 2014 New York Summer Intensive. 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, Pilates and yoga for young dancers. To complement the dancers' training, lectures are offered on injury prevention, anatomy, nutrition and dance history.