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American Ballet Theatre

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The American Ballet Theatre performs a regular fall season at City Center and a spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Repertory includes many of the great Romantic ballets of the 19th century, major works of the 20th century and works by contemporary choreographers.

Founded in 1940, American Ballet Theatre performs a regular fall season at City Center and a spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.  Repertory includes many of the great Romantic ballets of the 19th century, major works of the 20th century and works by contemporary choreographers.

Each year some 8,000 New York public school children attend the Young People’s Ballet Workshop at the Metropolitan Opera House.  During these lecture/demonstrations dancers perform with commentary by ABT’s artistic staff, thus introducing ballet to students new to classical dance. Commentary covers the specific works presented, the cultural significance of dance, the history of ballet and dance and production techniques. The Make a Ballet workshop gives students the opportunity to design, choreograph, construct, produce and perform their own original performance pieces under the tutelage of ABT teaching artists and school faculty. ABT’s Studio Company Dancers perform in schools around the city and throughout the U.S.  The company also distributes more than 10,000 complimentary tickets each year to schoolchildren.  Students are given two performance tickets, so they may attend with a parent or guardian, making dance accessible to families who might not otherwise be able to afford it. There is also a discount ticket program for high school students.

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