Tag: jko

Office Hours With Yan Chen

Even in a video interview, Yan Chen’s energy and enthusiasm are unmistakable. “I like to Zoom because I get a little more personal,” explained the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company rehearsal director, who is also and principal teacher for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School’s Pre-Professional Division. “So next time I see you, I know […]

Cynthia Harvey’s Ballet Advice as She Prepares to Depart ABT’s JKO School

This month, Cynthia Harvey wraps up her tenure as artistic director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School after a six-and-a-half-year tenure. In addition to increasing enrollment and scholarships, and instituting mentorship programs for male students, Harvey was instrumental in expanding the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion programs and helping students continue with remote […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Andrew Brader

While studying at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as a teenager, Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer Andrew Brader shared a special moment with Susan Jaffe, who soon became his mentor. “It was the 10th-anniversary performance of the ABT Studio Company. Susan was coming out of retirement to do Le Spectre de la Rose, and I remember […]

Franco De Vita Passes the Baton to Cynthia Harvey

De Vita received the Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Franco De Vita retires from his position as artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School this month. Former ABT principal Cynthia Harvey will take his place in May. As leader of the JKO School since 2005, De Vita helped elevate […]