American Ballet Theatre Announces 2007 Summer Intensive Audition Tour

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American Ballet Theatre has announced the audition tour for its 2007 Summer Intensives training programs. Auditions for intermediate and advanced students, aged 12-22, begin on January 6 in Austin and Minneapolis and continue in 20 additional cities, finishing in Miami on February 18.

The 2007 Summer Intensives will be held in New York City (June 18 to July 27); Detroit (June 25 to July 20); Tuscaloosa, Alabama (June 24 to July 14); Austin (July 9 to August 3) and Costa Mesa, California (July 30 to August 17).

The institutes are supervised by ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie and director of summer intensives Nancy Raffa; they emphasize classical ballet technique while exposing young dancers to a wide variety of disciplines and to the company's artists, history and repertory.

ABT's faculty for the summer programs includes Franco De Vita, principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, and Kirk Peterson, ABT studio company artistic director, as well as notable ABT alumni.

A Collegiate Summer Intensive will also be held at ABT's New York headquarters from May 29 to June 15 for students aged 18 to 24. The program will focus on ballet and modern dance technique, pedagogy, composition, production and choreography. Applicants for the Collegiate Summer Intensive may audition at any of the Summer Intensive audition sites or by video.

A Young Dancer Summer Workshop will be inaugurated in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Music Center, from July 2 _13, under the supervision of Franco DeVita; it will then be held in New York from July 30 to August 10. The workshop is aimed at dancers aged 9 to 11 and will focus on ballet technique, nutrition, ballet terminology and injury prevention.

A complete list of ABT Summer Intensives audition times and locations, along with more information about the program, can be found at

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