ABT Summer Intensive

In 1997, The University of Alabama was chosen by American Ballet Theatre for the first American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive ever to be held outside of New York or in partnership with a university.

Through this partnership, promising young dancers can receive both the highest level of dance training with American Ballet Theatre’s renowned summer program and a strong correlating academic curriculum of dance studies.  Participants are selected for the Intensive through an 24-city nationwide audition tour.

The American Ballet Theatre is the nation’s premiere dance company.  Founded in 1940, the company has been the home of many of the world’s best dancers, including Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Cynthia Gregory.  American Ballet Theatre is known internationally for establishing an American identity for ballet, through works choreographed by such artists as Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.  Today the American Ballet Theatre continues to be the destination of choice for the world’s most accomplished dancers.

Visit the ABT Summer Intensive online for more information.


The Tuscaloosa site is geared toward strengthening and refining technique for intermediate and advanced dancers, ages 11-17. Students stay in dormitories on the University of Alabama campus while attending dance classes taught by ABT faculty. A final showcase performance is held featuring ABT repertory and new choreography on stage at the Moody Music Concert Hall.

The comprehensive curriculum includes a full day of classes, workshops and group rehearsals.  Classes will be offered at ability levels following the initial placement audition and include technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique and variations, pas de deux, repertory, and character.

Additional classes in jazz, modern, Pilates and dance health will be offered by distinguished local guest artists.

For specific information about the next ABT Summer Intensive, including dates, deadlines, curriculum, and teachers, visit www.abt.org/education/summerintensive.asp.


For information on how to audition and enroll in the ABT Summer Intensive, please contact Caitlin Williams, Summer Intensive Associate, American Ballet Theatre, 890 Broadway, Floor 3, New York, NY  10003, Phone: (212) 477-3030 x3416, Fax: (212) 419-4396, E-mail: summerintensive@abt.org. Accepted methods of payment: money order made payable to The University of Alabama or any major credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover).

Tickets and Additional Information

A final Gala Showcase performance is held in mid/late July, at the end of each summer’s Intensive. Tickets go on sale approximately one week before the performance. For more information, please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance, (205) 348-5283 or by fax (205) 348-9048.