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ABT II and The Royal Ballet School

The Ailey Citigroup Theater New York City Some years ago, American Ballet Theatre’s junior company, ABT II, shared a program with The Royal Ballet School. I remember thinking the kids from ABT II looked as good as any professional company … Continue reading

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Interview: Wes Chapman

Interview with Wes Chapman

How does ABT2 function in relation to the main company?
New choreographers get tried out on us first so the main company doesn’t have to take big risks. During my time, we’ve had quite a bit of success.

We also have the function of getting the talent ready for the main company. We give our kids more experience, more stage time, more chance to work with choreographers—so they’re more seasoned by the time they get to the big league. They also need a little more nurturing time to develop as people, to strengthen their personalities and their artistic qualities.

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Ballet Builders + Appearances by Junior Companies

Spring was a season for checking out aspiring ballet artists. Prospective choreographers could be assessed at the Ballet Builders showcase, presented by New Choreographers on Point. Rising young dancers—in the junior companies of Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, and Paul … Continue reading

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