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ABT Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School of London

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company (formerly ABT II) and graduate students of The Royal Ballet School of London (RBS), are delighted to come to NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in February, in a shared bill of classical and new classical repertory, showcasing the talent of the next generation of ballet's professionals. The performances will feature a world premiere by choreographer Liam Scarlett danced by both companies, as well as works performed by each company.

The shared performances are part of a unique exchange, which began in 2003, between ABT Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School. The students will spend a week together in classes and rehearsals, culminating in a performance of the Scarlett premiere performed by both companies. The program also features classical and new classical pieces of repertory performed by each company.

In addition to the jointly performed Scarlett premiere, the ABT Studio Company will present the New York premieres of Dana Genshaft’s Chromatic Fantasy, a new work by Marcelo Gomes, and Ethan Stiefel’s See the Youth Advance. The Royal Ballet School repertory will include excerpts from Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, Kenneth McMillan's Concerto pas de deux and Helgi Tomasson's Concerto Grosso.

ABT Studio Company, under the Artistic Director of Kate Lydon, is made up of 15 dancers (ages 16-20) of outstanding potential. Over sixty of the current dancers in American Ballet Theatre began their careers in the studio company, including such notable principal dancers as Misty Copeland and David Hallberg.

The Royal Ballet School of London is one of the world’s great centers of classical ballet training. It has produced dancers and choreographers of international renown, including Margot Fonteyn, Kenneth MacMillan and Anthony Dowell. The school’s mission is to nurture, train and educate exceptional young dancers for the Royal Ballet companies and other leading UK and international companies and to inspire the future of classical ballet training.

Please note the performance on February 11th at 2:00 p.m. is a family-friendly performance. This performance will include family friendly narration. Plus, children can meet the dancers after the show in the Skirball lobby!

Photo Credit: Rosalie O'Connor

Beyond the Stage


February 11 at 6 PM


Pre-Show Lobby Talk

Join us for a pre-show lobby talk with the artists from the company.

February 10


Post-Show Q&A

Join us for a post-show discussion with the artists from the company, moderated by Sascha Radetsky.

made possible in part with generous support from Con Edison for family educational and enrichment programming.