jacqueline kennedy onassis school student portal

by Cooper Runte Published 5 months ago Updated 4 months ago

What is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School?

The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is a pre-professional ballet training program for students, ages 12-17. Under the direction of Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the success of each student. Admission is by audition only.

When is the Jacqueline Kennedy audition for 2021?

The portal to submit a video audition will be open from March 8-April 2 , 2021. To submit a video application, follow the guidelines listed here.

What are the classes at ABT JKO?

Classes include Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s and Women’s Variations, Pas de Deux, Character Dance, Modern, Pilates, Men’s Strength Training, Music and Dance History. The ABT JKO School is also proud to participate in a full Wellness Program as part of our Healthy Dancer Curriculum.

Is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School audition open?

Enrollment at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Pre-Professional Division is by audition and acceptance only. Auditioning on any date will allow you to be considered for merit-based scholarships.


ABT students ages three to seven are introduced to music and movement in our Primary Levels. The emphasis in these courses is on rhythm, dynamic, and placement, so that students graduate from Primary with an understanding of spatial awareness, correct alignment, teamwork, and focus.

Levels 1A-3

Serious ballet students ages eight to twelve may audition for Levels 1A through 3 to pursue pre-professional training. ABT faculty follow a specific graded curriculum designed to strengthen technique, stamina, and discipline through practical training and lessons in theory.

Curriculum & Schedules

At the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, our students are trained with ABT’s National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements of classical French, Italian, and Russian schools of ballet.


Launched in the fall of 2017, under the direction of ABT JKO School Artistic Director Cynthia Harvey, ABT MENtor is an initiative intended to support our male students in the ABT JKO School as they progress through the ABT Training Ladder.


For students ages 3-7 (includes only 7 -year-olds who will turn 8 after December 1)

Faculty & Accompanists

American Ballet Theatre strives to provide educational programming of the highest quality, and it all starts with our faculty. ABT JKO School faculty includes members of the ABT Artistic Staff, ABT Alumni and graduates of the ABT/NYU Master’s Program in Ballet Pedagogy.


Each class at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is accompanied by one of our accomplished musicians.

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