American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive

PROGRAM DATES: July 6 - 31, 2015

Participant check-in: July 5

Participant check-out: July 31 (4:30 p.m. or later) & August 1 (by 12:00 p.m.)


The University of Texas at Austin became a site for American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive program in 2001. The summer intensive program is a four-week session, taught by faculty from American Ballet Theatre and The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. It will be held July 6 – 31, 2015 and is geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers age 12–18.


The ABT Summer Intensive curriculum will include both high level technique classes and lecture courses on subjects critical to the development of a well-rounded dancer. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, variations, men's class, modern, jazz, character, choreography, meet the artist, pilates, dance history, music, and nutrition.


The ABT tuition is $1,600 for the Intensive. ABT tuition is made payable to "ABT" in New York.

The UT room/board is $2,000 for the 4-week duration of the Intensive. The UT Commuter Fee is $500 for the 4-week duration of the Intensive. The UT room/board and The Day Student Fee are both made payable to "UT Austin" in Austin.

You may also pay online for room and board and Day Student Fees, along with other fees, on the ABT TxShop page.


Student can either live on campus and will be housed in Jester West Hall with special ABT/University of Texas mentors. Weekend activities and field trips are included. Students also have the option to choose to be Commuter students. Commuter Students are dropped  off for classes on campus in the morning and are picked up at conclusion of the class day. Commuter students are required to pack their own lunch or buy it in the cafeteria and can only participate in weekend activities.


There are two public performances on July 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. held in the B. Iden Payne Theatre. Dancers will perform ABT 's repertoire and new choreography taught during the program. Tickets are $15 and $10 for children under 18 for each performance, and may be purchased in advance or at the door.


Auditions for the program take place during January and February in ABT's national audition tour. Auditioning at any site will allow you to be considered for all Summer Intensive Programs.

There will be an audition on The University of Texas at Austin campus on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The schedule is as follows:

First Class (ages 11-14): 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Student Registration
 10:00 a.m.

Second Class (ages 15 and up):
 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Student Registration
 12:00 p.m.

The UT campus audition will be held in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building, located at the northwest corner of E. 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard on the UT campus. Paid parking is available at the San Jacinto Garage.

Applicants must pay a $35.00 registration fee (check or money order payable to ABT or cash for in-person auditions only), submit one informal headshot (does not need to be professional), and a photograph showing first arabesque in center (on pointe or demi-pointe) in order to register. Photographs will not be returned. Girls must wear full-length pink tights and black leotards with ballet slippers. Bring pointe shoes for the last twenty minutes of class. Boys must wear white t-shirts, full-length black tights and ballet slippers. Auditioning at any site will allow you to be considered for all Summer Intensive Programs and merit-based scholarships. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. For pre-registration click here

You may check the audition schedule on the ABT website for more information. You have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th choice of the workshop locations to attend for the summer: New York, Alabama, North Carolina, California, or Texas. All of the audition and acceptance process is handled through the ABT's New York office, and they send out letters after the auditions to let you know if you've been selected to attend. 


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Dates, venues and pricing is subject to change.