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About ABT's School Programs

Integral to the mission of American Ballet Theatre is the ambition to bring the magic of ballet to the widest possible audience through world-class performances and educational programming. Please use the navigation bar above to familiarize yourself with ABT's In-School Residency offerings, seasonal contests, and the Peter Jay Sharp Introduction to Dance program, offering complimentary tickets for school children.

Ticket Distribution

What programs can we sign up for right now?

ABT is proud to offer world-class artist-in-residency programs at competative prices. We also proudly provide over 5,000 complimentary tickets to Spring season performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, along with Study Guide materials for these ballet through the Peter Jay Sharp Introduction to Dance program.

Please click on the appropriate links above for more information on a particular offering.

 

 

 



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Peter Jay Sharp Introduction to Dance Program

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What is Peter Jay Sharp Introduction to Dance Program?

Each year, ABT distributes thousands of complimentary tickets to New York City public schools, for use by their students and  families. Graciously funded by The Peter J. Sharp Foundation, these tickets are distributed free of charge to schools enrolled in our programs.  Requests received soonest will be given preference. As your school requests, receives and efficiently uses complimentary tickets, you will have the opportunity to earn rewards such as tickets for school staff to see an ABT dress rehearsal, complimentary access to professional development sessions, and free Teaching Artist visits to your school!

ABT School Programs

 Is my school eligible to enroll?

All NY metropolitan area schools are eligible to apply for this program, with preference given to schools in NYC's five boroughs. To enroll your school, please complete the application form on the right hand side of this page, taking care to choose a responsive primary contact.  If the Principal is the Primary Contact please fill in the name for both fields. After updating the School Information Form please have your Principal and the Primary Contact sign and return the Signature Page of the agreement, found on the confirmation page upon completing the survey.

 What will my school receive by enrolling?

Schools enrolled in this program will receive seasonal invitations to request up to 100 complimentary tickets to American Ballet Theatre performances, as allowed by our Rules and Distribution Structure. Invitations for the spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House will be sent to all enrolled schools during the first weeks of March.

A further boon of enrollment is the relationship created with ABT for the future. Schools successfully participating in our Ticket Distribution program will receive first notice of all contests, and performance opportunities for NY area schools, and will be the first schools to be considered for grant-funded, in-school residencies.

By submitting the application, the school is agreeing to adhere to the guidelines stated on the following page. We look forward to your participation, and hope to see you soon at the ballet.


Ticket Distribution Rules & Regulations

Responsibilities of School

Principal must provide knowledge and support of partnership and assign a program coordinator who has appropriate time and position to manage program.

In order to maintain or advance their Tier, as described on the Distribution Structure page, we require that schools make every effort to ensure that all requested tickets are used.

Program Coordinator must provide effective communication between principal, faculty, parents, and ABT.

Schools agree to utilize all requested tickets. If there are tickets that will not be utilized, the school must let ABT know in a timely manner.

Schools must provide an adequate number of chaperones during all visits to the ballet.


Ticket Distribution Guidlines

There are many ways to successfully distribute tickets to your school.  Below are a few suggestions.

•A teacher can distribute the allotted tickets to his/her class. The school will provide buses and teacher chaperones.

•Tickets may be distributed to arts-based classes.

•Tickets can be distributed directly to families, one ticket for the student and one for a parent. However, there must be a school representative at the performance.

•One parent may act as a chaperone for several students whose parents are unable to attend. We suggest no more than five children per parent.


ABT Policies:

Failure to comply with above responsibilities will result in the school being placed on conditional status, and/or placement in a lower tier (see Distribution Structure Section on next page).

A second offense will result in the removal of the school from the ABT enrollment program.

In order to successfully enroll in the program, schools MUST sign and return the Letter of Understanding in addition to completing the form at right.



ABT Ticket Distribution Structure & Benefits
  Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Requirements to maintain tier (% tickets used).  Use more tickets to advance tiers.
76-100 51-75 26-50 0-25
Maximum number of tickets offered per request 100 50 25 0
Membership to the 890 Club
X
 
 
 
Priority Seating
X
 
 
 
Invitation to special events and studio visits at ABT's 890 Broadway studios
X
 
 
 
*One complimentary Teaching Artist visit to your school
X
 
 
 
Listing on ABT's Website as a member of the 890 Club
X
 
 
 
Invitation to ABT dress rehearsal for up to 4 teachers
X
X
 
 
Optional professional development opportunities
X
X
X
 
Purchase additional tickets at discounted prices (Min 10, Max 25)
X
X
X
 
**Mandatory professional development attendance
     
X

*Minimum requirement: school must take at least 75 tickets and use 85+% of them. Complimentary TA visits can be used to offset costs of residency programs.
**Mandatory for Tier 4 schools to regain ticketing privileges after a one season probation period.
++Upon initial enrollment, schools are placed in Tier 3.




About ABT's School Programs

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American Ballet Theatre proudly offers world-class artist-in-residency programs to schools in New York City, and across the country. We are capable of serving grades K-12, and programs are tailored to suit each school's needs.  All residencies are accompanied by complimentary tickets for students and chaperones to see an ABT or ABT II performance.

ABT School Programs

Dance Making Residency 

Students work with an ABT Teaching Artist to learn dance concepts and apply them to a piece of ABT repertory, or to a curricular theme chosen collaboratively by the school and ABT.  This program requires a minimum of 2 sessions.  A residency of 5 or more sessions allows for the program to culminate in a student showing for peers.

Choreographic Residency

Students work with an ABT Teaching Artist to learn choreographic techniques and processes, and apply them to a piece of ABT repertory, or to a theme chosen collaboratively by the school and ABT.  These residencies encourage creative problem solving in small group settings and the development of dance literacy, as students work to master their own interpretations of the chosen ballet or material.  Minimum of 5 sessions.

Design Residency 

Students work with an ABT Design Teaching Artist to explore costumes and/or scenic design elements specific to a chosen performance.  Design concepts will be linked to the performance students attend, though the designs themselves will be informed by each school's needs.  This program is ideal for schools looking to enhance their existing dance or drama program, or as an addendum to an ABT dance residency.  Minimum of 2 sessions.

For program descriptions and pricing, please see the Menu and Pricing List on the following page.


The price points below represent the total fee for direct student services, planning meetings, and tickets to an ABT performance.
Pricing assumes 4 x 45 minute or 2 x 90 minute classes per visit.
Introductory Residency $1,400 

2 Visits by an ABT Dance Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to an ABT performance.

Two in-school workshops introduce students to ballet, its history, and vocabulary, in preparation for an ABT performance experience. Teaching Artists will focus on movement skills and audience expectations specific to the ballet performance that students will attend, allowing students to make strong connections to what they see on stage.

 
Common Themes Dance Residency $3,500 

5 visits by an ABT Dance Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to our Young People’s Ballet Workshop performance.

The five workshops develop the seven movements of classical dance around a common theme: Examples of common themes used in past five day residencies include: Folk Tales, Poetry, Nutrition, Exercise, artwork, or a ballet from ABT’s Repertory. For each residency, one common theme will be chosen by the partnering school and will be used to structure and inspire the dance making process.

 
Repertory-Based Residency $7,000 

10 visits by an ABT Dance Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to our Young People’s Ballet Workshop performance.

The ten workshops develop student movement skills, allowing them to complete choreographic assignments specific to a chosen ballet performance. These residencies encourage creative problem solving in small group settings and development in dance literacy specific to ABT repertory, as students work to master their own interpretation of the chosen ballet.

 
Design Residency $4,000 

5 visits by an ABT Design Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to our Young People’s Ballet Workshop performance.

The five workshops develop student design skills, allowing them to complete costume and set design assignments specific to a chosen performance. Design concepts will be linked to the performance students attend, though the designs themselves will be informed by each school’s needs. This program is ideal for schools looking to enhance their existing dance program.

 
Common Themes Dance & Design Residency $7,500 

5 visits by an ABT Dance Teaching Artist
+ 5 visits by an ABT Design Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to our Young People’s Ballet Workshop performance.

The program offers ten days of in-school workshops -five days in each discipline - led by ABT Teaching Artists. The five dance workshops hone students  movement skills, and their abilities to organize movements into combinations and sequences. Equally valued are student’s abilities to choose, design and construct materials into costume and set pieces. These residencies encourage creative problem solving across disciplines, in both individual and small group settings, and a development of dance literacy specific to ABT repertory, as students work to master their own interpretation of the chosen ballet.

 
Repertory and Design Residency $9,500 

10 visits by an ABT Dance Teaching Artist
+ 5 visits by an ABT Design Teaching Artist for each of 4 classes (up to 128 students).
Complimentary tickets for all students and chaperones to our Young People’s Ballet Workshop performance.

The most in-depth residency we offer asks students to create and refine an original work of dance based on ABT Repertory, complete with costuming/scenic elements for a showing in their school. Curricula for each Repertory and Design residency are conceived in concert, allowing the work in one discipline to support and inform the work in the other.  Through these residencies, we strive to create a rich dialogue across disciplines, rife with ideas for critical refinement.

 



ABT's Contests for NYC Students

American Ballet Theatre relishes the opportunity to collaborate creatively with our young artists, poets and dancers in New York City public schools!  In past years, ABT contests have asked students to submit designs for the cover artwork of an ABT performance, and write poetry to inspired original ballet pieces which were premiered on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House!

In 2011, ABT's educational programming honors the vision and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of over 500 parks and green spaces including New York's Central Park and Prospect Park.  Olmsted believed that such urban parks are fundamental to the artistic and cultural livelihood of the city. This year's contest asks teachers of students in grades 3-6 to design and carry out a project with their students that recognizes Olmsted's vision of the parks as an artistic center of the city. The scope and discipline of the project, as well as how it ties in to other work in the classroom, is all up to the teacher.  We ask only that submissions bolster the recognition of the artistic world around us, and provide evidence of participation by the entire class.

Click here to download the Capture Olmsted's Vision Contest details and entry form.

 
  Past Contests
 2009  Page to Stage Poetry Contest
In the Spring of 2009, ABT's Page to Stage Poetry Contest invited students in grades four and five to submit poems conceived around the theme, "What makes you move?" The winning poems were read by ABT dancers and choreographers, and used as the inspiration for several original dance works that premiered on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House at the ABT's Spring 2009 Young People's Ballet Workshop!
 2010  Pliés & Public Art Cover Design Contest
In the Spring of 2010, ABT launched the Pliés and Public Art Cover Design Contest, calling for cover design submissions from students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade classes throughout New York's five boroughs. The winning cover design was featured on the performance program of the 2010 Young People's Ballet Workshop. Moreover, one hundred students and teachers from the winning student's school had the privilege of attending the Young People's Ballet Workshop as their classmate took a bow on stage at the Metropolitan Opera House and met professional artists Tom Otterness and Carole Eisner!

For more information, please contact Amanda Tomera, ABT Education Associate:
(212) 477-3030 x1173 | schoolprograms@abt.org

 
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