Canterbury Ballet is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, an eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels.
ABT’s 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, the 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. 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.
“After nearly ten years, American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and our related Summer Intensive program has seen the impact that American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum has meant to dance teachers and ballet students across the country and internationally,” says Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. “We are pleased that teachers and students are implementing the guidelines recommended by the Curriculum and working in a way that will lead them towards a long and healthy career. The Curriculum is fluid and will expand as we continue to investigate the way that dance and sport science is developing and impacting the way we can train dancers to reach their optimum physical and artistic potential.”
American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum can be used to enhance an existing syllabus and to assist teachers in working appropriately with young dancers.
The BBO syllabus examinations will continue to be offered for those who wish to sit these examinations as well as the ABT examinations at Canterbury Ballet.