ABT International Teacher Training IntensivePresented by Swedish National Ballet School
ABT Curriculum Teacher Training Session
Gothenburg July-August, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: All ABT training sessions are postponed to July-August 2022, due to covid-19. More information and dates will be announced later.
We are pleased to announce that the ABT Curriculum Teacher Training Session #1 Pre-Primary – Level 3 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 30 – August 7, 2021 with the co-authors of the ABT National Training Curriculum Raymond Lukens and Franco De Vita!
Already in August 2019 Raymond Lukens and Franco De Vita visited Europe to give a week seminar in Gothenburg about exploring ABT’s National Training Curriculum. In August 2021 we are honored to present the first of the three sessions of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
The intensive will take place at the Swedish National Ballet School in Gothenburg and are open to any teachers in Europe. The ABT NTC is a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The training sessions are divided into three sessions where session 1 is for NTC certification in ABT Pre-Primary through Level 3.
During the same period the Swedish National Ballet School will offer an International Ballet Student Intensive with ABT Certified teachers and Master Classes by Raymond Lukens and Franco De Vita, and are open for students age 15-20. Read more about the Students Intensive here
We are looking forward to see you all in Gothenburg in July/August 2021!
Sebastian Michanek, Artistic Director
Johan Holmberg, Principal
Swedish National Ballet School
ABT Curriculum Teacher Training Session #1 Pre-Primary – Level 3
ABT Curriculum Teacher Training Session. Photo by Emily Northrop
American Ballet Theatre believes that the key to raising the quality of ballet training nationwide is to provide teachers with the information needed to fully understand the best practices in pedagogy, child development, dance psychology, and anatomy. That is why ABT created the Teacher Training Intensives, in which ballet teachers receive a holistic education on the National Training Curriculum and the best practices in how to teach ballet.
The trainings are divided into three sessions: Session 1 is for NTC certification in Pre-Primary through Level 3, Session 2 is for NTC certification in Levels 4 and 5, and Session 3 is for NTC certification in Levels 6, 7, and Partnering. ABT offers a variety of national and international Teacher Training Intensives.
We will stay at Scandic Hotel Backadal only 3 min walk from our school
Accommodation and meals
Swedish National Ballet School has pre-booked hotel rooms with easy access to the school with breakfast and lunch included to make if most affordable for all participants. The prices below are about half of what you normally will have to pay for a hotel room in Gothenburg.
When your application has been approved by the ABT you will receive an email by the Swedish National Ballet School with information how you book one of their pre-booked hotel rooms with breakfast and lunch included.
Single bedroom 840 SEK / person / day
Double bedroom 520 SEK / person / day
Triple bedroom 450 SEK / person / day
The rooms are booked between Thursday July 29th to Saturday August 12th. We will stay at Scandic Hotel Backadal, only 3 min walk from the school. All rooms includes both breakfast and lunch each day. The booking has to be done through the Swedish National Ballet School.
Local Bus “Green Express” Will take you between Gothenburg Central Sation and the localtion for the hotel and school in just 6 min.
Travel to Gothenburg
The Teacher Training Intensives starts on Friday July 30th at 09.00 so you will have to arrive the day before.
If you arrives at Gothenburg Landvetter International Airport you can easily take the airport bus to the Gothenburg Central Station, the bus trip will take around 20 min. Tickets can be purchased both at the bus stop and onboard the bus.
Outside the Gotenburg Central Station (Train/Bus) at the bus stop “Nordstan” you can easily take the local bus “Green Express” 2 stops to “Backadalsmotet” where the hotel and school are located. The bus trip will take approx. 6 min. You have to pre purchase the local bus ticket at one of the public transport operator Västtrafik’s sales outlets, there are severals at the Central Station.
During your stay you will be able to buy local bus tickets at the hotel or at the school reception.
The last session will end on Saturday August 7th at 17.00, you should be able to be at the Gothenburg Central Station (Train/Bus) at 17.30 and at the airport latest by 18.30.
Coordinating Team at Swedish National Ballet School
If you have any questions you can contact our coordinator Karin Larsson at the Swedish National Ballet School.
+46 31-367 33 82
Instructors from ABT’s Artistic Advisory Board
American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum (New York, USA)
Raymond Lukens was trained in New York City and had an international career as a ballet dancer; he co-authored the ABT National Training Curriculum and created the syllabi for the ABT/ NYU MA Program. He was a faculty member of the ABT JKO School.
Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens directed The Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy, was Ballet Master for Boston Ballet and Director of BB II. He has taught for ABT, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem; he has judged for international dance competitions, translated into Italian Joan Lawson’s book, Ballet Class, and has written several articles.
Mr. Lukens has also choreographed in the U.S.A. and abroad, including: two televised UNICEF galas, for The Intermezzo Ballet Company, for BB II and for ABT’s Opening Night Galas at the Metropolitan Opera House seasons featuring the ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School dancers. Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Raymond Lukens at the ABT Curriculum Teacher Training. Photo: ABT / Emily Northrop
Franco De Vita
American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT JKO School (New York, USA)
Franco De Vita received his dance training at the Conservatoire Royal de Charleroi, Belgium. He co-authored of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School.
He has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Hartford Ballet. Mr. De Vita co-directed the Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy and is a renowned authority on the Cecchetti Method. As a performer, Mr. De Vita performed principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie.
Franco has judged for international dance competitions, including the Prix de Lausanne and YAGP. Under Mr. De Vita’s leadership the ABT JKO School became a Partner School of the Prix de Lausanne. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Teacher Magazine.
Franco De Vita at the ABT Curriculum Teacher Training. Photo: ABT