American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum

The ABT National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. The ABT National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

To become an ABT Certified Teacher, candidates must complete intensive training in the ABT National Training Curriculum and successfully pass comprehensive examinations. ABT Certified Teachers are permitted to teach the ABT National Training Curriculum only to the levels in which they have successfully completed the training intensive and required examination.  The three levels of certification must be obtained in succession.

Training Session #1, Pre-Primary - Level 3
Silicon Valley Ballet's San Jose Studios

June 17-25, 2016

Pre-requisite: Candidates must have reached an advanced or professional level of ballet training. While there is no maximum age limit, the minimum age for candidates applying for the teacher training intensive is at least 17 years old by the start of the first training session, with the further pre-requisite of having reached an advanced/professional level of dance training. This is the foundation of the curriculum and prepares teachers to instruct ballet students ages 3+. Course length is nine full days.

Dance Educators can register online for the upcoming Teacher Training Intensives by clicking the following link:

ABT NTC Certified Teachers may Audit teacher training sessions of the levels that they are currently Certified in. Please click on the above link to register for Auditing.

Please contact Meghan Love, National Training Curriculum and ABT/NYU Program Manager, at or (212) 477-3030, ext. 1168.

Photos by Rosalie O’Connor