American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has announced the formation of Project Plié, a comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and to diversify America’s ballet companies.
Project Plié seeks to combine training and support of ballet students and dance teachers from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide partner network of professional ballet companies who are committed to diversity.
The program will feature full scholarships for students ages 9 to 18, including 15 scholarships to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, 15 to ABT’s summer intensive (including housing), and 10 to ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop in NYC. Scholarship recipients will be identified through auditions held during ABT’s 25-city summer intensive audition tour and at master classes held in New York City.
Other activities will include:
• Recruitment of dance instructors to receive certification in ABT’s National Training Curriculum
• Establishment of a formal Project Plié partner network with professional ballet companies and ABT certified teachers across the U.S. to collectively work toward the goal of diversification
• Establishment of a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce ballet in member clubs, identify talent, and support future training
• Broadening of ABT’s current internship program to support emerging arts administrators of color
• Formation of a Project Plié Advisory Committee consisting of experts in the fields of education, culture, and dance
For more information on Project Plié, visit www.abt.org/projectplie.