American Ballet Theatre
The mission of American Ballet Theatre is to create, to present, to preserve, and to extend the great repertoire of classical dancing, through exciting performances and educational programming of the highest quality, presented to the widest possible audience.
American Ballet Theatre’s Internship Program was established in Fall 2010 with the objective to provide pre-professional nonprofit work experience for university students and recent graduates. Additionally, ABT is committed to expanding ethnic and cultural diversity in classical ballet serving as an avenue to identify arts administrators of color to participate in high-quality training and educational programs. Each year, approximately 30 interns join the ABT family where they are partnered with a mentor and gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest.
Each term, a minimum of 6 internship positions are provided across the organization. In addition to working with their mentors, interns participate in weekly intern meetings that provide professional development and opportunities to hear from leaders within the organization. Interns may also assist with a variety of special events, gaining exposure to important figures in the arts community.
In September 2013, American Ballet Theatre announced the formation of Project Plié, a comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. Project Plié seeks to combine training and support of ballet students from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide network of partner professional ballet companies who are committed to diversity.