Dancers from American Ballet Theatre to Perform in Honor of Cynthia Harvey’s Final Year as Artistic Director of the ABT JKO School
NEW YORK, NY— The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School will appear at NYU Skirball in New York City for two performances, Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 P.M.
Students of the ABT JKO School’s Pre-Professional Division will perform excerpts from a variety of repertoire including August Bournonville’s Conservatoriet staged by Petrusjka Broholm, Jota staged by Carmela Gallace after Igor Moiseyev, The Sleeping Beauty staged by Cynthia Harvey, and a suite from Coppélia staged by Gallace, Robert LaFosse, and Rubén Martín. Original choreography by ABT JKO School faculty member and former ABT Principal Dancer LaFosse will feature music composed by ABT JKO School student Charles Chaitman in tribute to his teacher.
The program at NYU Skirball will feature a special appearance by dancers from American Ballet Theatre. Léa Fleytoux, an alumna of the ABT JKO School, and Jarod Curley will perform the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, in honor of Cynthia Harvey’s final year as Artistic Director of the ABT JKO School. Fleytoux, a member of ABT’s corps de ballet since 2019, was one of the first students to study under Harvey at the ABT JKO School.
The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, under the direction of Harvey since 2016, currently serves over 250 students and encompasses a Pre-Professional Division for dancers ages 12-18 and a Children’s Division for dancers ages 5-12. The ABT JKO School follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, based on ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, men’s and women’s variations, pas de deux, character dance, modern, Pilates, strength training, music, and dance history.
Tickets, starting at $39, are available online at https://tickets.nyu.edu/overview/abtjko22. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place in New York City.