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American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company Presents Year-End Performances, 4/5-6


Year-end performances for American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School are scheduled for today, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University.

American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company performance tonight, April 5 at 7:30pm will include full performances of Alexei Ratmansky's Le Carnaval Des Animaux, Paul Taylor's Airs, Raymond Luken's Jerusalem Divertissement and George Balanchine's Tarantella. The show will be part of the second annual "Pace Presents" program, a series of performing and visual arts programs.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School will perform Saturday, April 6 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Students will perform excerpts of ABT's The Sleeping Beauty, Alexei Ratmansky's

Le Carnaval des Animaux, and original works by JKO School faculty, including Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Jessica Lang and Melissa Allen Bowman. The matinee will also include a performance by students from select levels of the JKO School Children's Division.

American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company is comprised of 12 dancers of outstanding potential aged 16-20. In addition to a schedule of classes including ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, modern, and dance history, the Studio Company gains performance experience through residencies, cultural exchanges and local performances.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet training program for students ages 11-18. The JKO School utilizes American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements from the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Admission is by audition only. The JKO School also includes a Children's Division, for younger dancers ages 4-13.

Under the direction of American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Principal Franco De Vita, JKO School Assistant Principal Melissa Allen Bowman and ABT Studio Company Artistic Associate Kate Lydon, the ABT Studio Company and JKO School incorporate a faculty of ABT alumni, members of ABT's Artistic Staff and renowned teachers, including Kevin McKenzie, Franco De Vita, Harriet Clark, Olga Dvorovenko, Susan Jones, Jessica Lang, Clinton Luckett, Raymond Lukens, Kate Lydon, Clarice Marshall, Adrienne Hurd, Keith Sabado, Lupe Serrano and Martine van Hamel.

Northern Trust is the leading Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University is located at 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY. For detailed directions, visit Tickets range in price from $25-$40 for the performance Friday, April 5, and $25-$35 for the performance Saturday, April 6. Tickets can be purchased at the box office Monday through Friday, 1-6pm and two hours before show time at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 866.811.4111.

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