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.

The ABT Summer Intensive offers top quality teachers and master guest teachers that are dedicated to the learning process and growth of each individual student. The program focuses on developing well-rounded dancers by exposure to a wide variety of disciplines with an emphasis on classical ballet technique and key elements of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Participants are selected for the Intensive through a nationwide audition tour.

American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Founded in 1940, the company has been the home of many of the world’s best dancers, including Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cynthia Gregory and Misty Copeland. American Ballet Theatre is known internationally for establishing an American identity for ballet, through works choreographed by such artists as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp, among others. Today the American Ballet Theatre continues its tradition of passion, innovation, and athleticism that transcends cultural boundaries and touches the soul of ballet lovers old and new.

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. Dancers stay in dormitories on the University of Alabama campus while attending dance classes taught by ABT faculty and distinguished local guest instructors. A final showcase performance is held featuring ABT repertory 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 include  jazz, modern, Pilates and dance health.
Artistic Coordinator, Carla Stallings Lippert

Program Dates: July 4 – July 23, 2016
Dorm Check-in: July 3, 2016 (9am-2pm, Mandatory 4pm Orientation)
Final Showcase: July 23, 2016 (12pm & 1:30pm)
Dorm Check-out: July 23, 2016 (following the 1:30pm Showcase)
ABT Tuition: $1300
UA Fees
Room/Board: $1600 (covers lodging, three meals per day and other program expenses)
Day Student Fee: $500 (only applies to dancers not staying in the dorms)
Day Student Meal Card: $500 (three meals per day)
Day Student Lunch Card: $200

Accepted methods of payment for UA fees include check or money order made payable to The University of Alabama or any major credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover).


For information on how to audition and enroll in the ABT Summer Intensive, please contact Kate Pfaff, 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.

Tickets and Additional Information

Final Gala Showcase performances will be held on July 23rd at 12pm and 1:30pm at the Moody Music Concert Hall. It is advisable to wait to purchase tickets until final casting decisions are made, typically no later than the third week of the intensive. Tickets can be purchased through ua.tix.com. For more information, please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance, (205) 348-5283 or by fax (205) 348-9048.