About American Ballet Theatre

The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is one of the premier ballet companies in America. Founded in 1940, ABT has been at the forefront of presenting classical and contemporary works for nearly 80 years. Its professional dancers represent some of the best talents in the industry and have appeared on stages throughout the world. The company was founded by Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant with a mission to bring classical and contemporary ballet to audiences everywhere and preserve its legacy. Since its founding, ABT has performed at some of the most renowned venues from Broadway’s Metropolitan Opera House to Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ABT has a rich history of world-renowned artists who have graced its stages over the years such as Gelsey Kirkland, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cynthia Gregory, and Fernando Bujones to name a few. The current roster of dancers includes principals Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Sarah Lane, and David Hallberg amongst others.

Throughout its history ABT studio company has won numerous awards including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music/Dance Program in 1983; Tony Awards for Best Choreography in 1962 & 2017; four Drama Desk Awards; two Dance Magazine Awards; plus Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2019 amongst many other recognitions. The company continues to tour around the US performing at theater venues such as Brooklyn Academy Of Music NY; Philadelphia’s Academy Of Music PA; San Francisco's Lincoln Center CA; Metropolitan Opera House NYC amongst many other destinations. Plus it also tours internationally visiting cities like London’s Royal Albert Hall UK & Madrid Spain's Teatro Real, and Durham Performing Arts Center. ABT Ballet is known for connecting audiences to ballet through its educational initiatives such as Ballet MasterClass Series, DanceBox, Student Matinees, and Summer Intensive Program among others. These programs expand the reach of classical ballet beyond traditional performance.

The Fall season programming of the American Ballet Theatre has been unveiled! From October 18-29, the David H. Koch Theater will host an exciting season presenting three captivating programs. These programs, titled "Classics Old and New," "20th Century Works: Balanchine and Ashton," and "21st Century Works: King and Ratmansky," promise to showcase a stunning array of performances. Come and immerse yourself in the beauty and artistry of these carefully curated works. Classics Old and New will showcase a captivating repertoire, featuring Alexei Ratmansky’s mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 1, Jiří Kylián’s elegant Petite Mort, and Harald Lander’s breathtaking Études. Following this, 20th Century Works: Balanchine and Ashton will enchant the audience with the timeless beauty of George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial and the enchanting artistry of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. For the grand finale of the season, 21st Century Works: King and Ratmansky will feature two captivating performances: Alonzo King’s mesmerizing masterpiece, "Single Eye", and Ratmansky’s enchanting ballet, "On the Dnipro".

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