Monday, July 21, 2008


I was asked by ABT-NY to remove all photos from the blog.  I'm trying to work with them in order to get the necessary permissions to make these photos available to parents and students.  I will let you know what their final decision is as soon as I know.

Kelly Gottesman

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thursday/Friday Reminders

There will be no checking-out of students on Thursday night. You are more than welcome to visit your student on the first floor of the dorms.

If your student is staying in the dorms Friday night but you would like to take them out, same procedures as weekend check-outs must be followed. Please call the ABT Office before Wednesday, 5pm eastern standard time.

Move-out and Check-out of ABT resident students does not begin until Friday 6-8:30pm. No excepections.

Non-ABT Residents will not be permitted past the front lobby of the dorms until check-out.

Check-Out Procedures

Friday night check-out:

If you're planning on your child spending the night with you at a hotel on Friday, then you must check-out of the South Residence Hall and remove all belongings on Friday after the 4PM performance. Please be patient and allow ample time for check-out. The child has to check-out with their Chaperone and the residence hall staff.

Saturday check-out:

If students are checking out of the South Residence Hall on Saturday they will have go through the check-out procedures on Saturday. Please be patient and allow ample time for check-out. The child has to check-out with their Chaperone and the residence hall staff.

Transportation after the performance:
After the 4PM performance on Friday, July 20th, all students must ride the ABT-DSI buses from the Detroit Opera House back to South Residence Hall with their Chaperone and group. Students are not permitted to ride with their parents, family, etc. to the dorms. Parents that wish to check out their children can meet them at South Residence Hall.

Dinner on Friday with your child:
If you plan to take your child out for dinner following the 4PM performance you must return them to the dorms by 9pm and follow the standard check-out procedures. Remember that the child must be picked up at the South Residence Hall. Please take this into consideration when making your dinner reservation.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Final Performance Driving & Parking

This Friday, July 18th, is the ABT-DSI Final Performance at the Detroit Opera House. Along with this important event, the annual Warped Tour Concert Series Festival will be taking place.

Because of this, some roads will be closed off and could make it a difficult drive to the Opera House. Please plan accordingly, leave a little earlier than usual, and make sure you have your route planned!

Parking is available in the Opera House Parking Center:
Directions to the Opera House

The following roads will be closed during the ABT-DSI Final Performance/Warped Tour from 10:00am- 9:00pm:

· Montcalm between Woodward Avenue and Brush
· Two lanes of Brush between Adams and Montcalm
· Two lanes of Adams between Witherell and Brush
· One lane of the I-75 service drive between Woodward and Brush
· All lanes of Witherell
· Elizabeth between Witherell and Woodward

Friday, July 11, 2008

Door Contest

FIRST Place Room 612 for uniqueness, creativity, and overall appeal

Special Award for the most use of trees!

Second Place Room 509 for great detail including the Beach Boys music
playing once we arrived to judge.

Special Award - Most Items Used! 609

Thank you for participating!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


The link will only be active during the Talent Show.

Yes, that's right we're broadcasting the Annual ABT-DSI Student Talent Show. The show starts at 2:30PM EST, Sunday, July 13. You will need the latest QuickTime Player. Click on the QT image above to download the latest free player.


Launch QuickTime > Go to File > Choose open URL in new player > enter rtsp:// in the URL field > select OK.

If you already have the latest QuickTime player then click on the "rtsp" hyperlink above or the image below and QuickTime will automatically upload the live broadcast.
Note: Be sure that QuickTime is set as your default player.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008



Monday, June 30, 2008

ABT-DSI Birthday's

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Weekend Release Policy

Reminders about our Weekend Release Policy:

Weekend Outings Only: If a student plans to leave after class on Saturday or Sunday, the following steps must be taken: 

  1. The parent or guardian must make a request for weekend checkouts by contacting the ABT-DSI Operations Managers at Wayne State University (313-577-4273) by 5PM EST on Wednesday prior to the weekend.  State the name of the individual responsible for picking up the student, the time the student will be picked up and returned and the students plans.  The Resident Supervisor or Operations Manager will call and confirm these plans with the parent or guardian
  2. The student must be picked up at South Residence Hall.
  3. A member of the Summer Intensive staff must meet the individual picking up the student. The individual must be the same person identified by the student’s parent or guardian; identification is required. THIS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE RESIDENCE SUPERVISOR OR HEAD CHAPERONE.
  4. Students are allowed WEEKEND OUTINGS ONLY (Note: Activity Fee money will not be refunded for the excursion missed due to a weekend outing.)
The student will not be released if these requirements are not met.

Monday, June 23, 2008

50th Target Fireworks

The student's will be watching an amazing display of fireworks tonight. Click on the title of this post to find out more.

See slide show from rooftop party.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

On our way!

All present and accounted for. We hope your travel home was safe. Rest assure, we will take great care of your children.

ABT-DSI '08 Staff

Saturday, June 21, 2008

ABT-Shuttle Pick-up Schedule

The following are the departure times for the ABT-DSI Shuttle Van. There will be ABT Airport Chaperones stationed at the Baggage Claim areas to escort student to Shuttle Van all day.

  • 8:15 McNamara Terminal
  • 11:00 Smith and McNamara Terminals
  • 1:15 McNamara Terminal
  • 3:00 Smith and McNamara Terminals
  • 4:30 Smith and Macknimara Terminals

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Detroit Opera House Tours

Sunday, June 22nd
1PM & 3PM
Madison Side Entrance
1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226

Monday, June 16, 2008

Roommate Assignments

Click on title of post, above, to download the Roommate Assignments.

Updated 06/20/08

Monday, June 9, 2008

Airport Shuttle Service Update

The high gas prices have reflected in an increase to our original quote.

$70 from the airport to WSU.

$60 from WSU to the airport.

Includes gratuity.

You have to mention ABT.


Airport Arrival Procedure

Airport Chaperones will be located inside the baggage claim area for each arrival flight, except for those students who are "unaccompanied minors" (ages 14 and under). These students will be picked up at their arrival gate.

ABT-Shuttle Van

After arriving at the gate, the student should proceed to the the baggage claim area. The Airport Chaperones will be holding a neon green ABT-DSI sign and wearing an ABT-DSI tee shirt. After retrieving their luggage, the student will be escorted to the ABT Shuttle Van. In case of an emergency, please have your child call the ABT-DSI office @ 313.577.4273 to alert our operations managers.

Shuttle Pick up times TBD (based upon arrival information)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Commuter Meal Plan UPDATE

Commuter students are required to purchase a WSU lunch plan, which includes a block of 20 lunches for a 4-week period - $115.00 (The student has 20 meals to be used in the four-week period of the program. Meal plan includes lunches at the Detroit Opera House). The students will travel as a group to the Towers Café and have lunch with the other intensive students.

Payment must be received by June 9, 2008
• Make checks payable to AVI Food Systems *include student’s name.
• Send to: AVI Food Systems c/o Daniel Kahn
495 W Ferry Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
• Visa/MasterCard (ONLY) call (313) 577-9941

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Congratulations Packet

Click on the title of this post to download a PDF file of the congratulations packet.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Audition Updates and Other Info

All audition results are sent via email approximately 10 days after the audition date. If your student was accepted or placed on the wait list during the ABT National Audition Tour, please use the following link to log on and register by the appropriate deadline date. Please note that students will not be able to log on to the site until the audition result emails are sent.

Please email us at
with any additional questions.

Welcome Letter from Melissa Allen Bowman - Artistic Director of ABT Summer Intensives

The curriculum of the 2008 ABT Summer Intensive will include both high level technique classes and lecture courses on subjects critical to the development of a complete dancer. ABT’s teaching philosophy is to create dancers that are versatile rather than stylized, who are thus prepared to work with any company. Classes for the 2008 Summer Intensive may include:

Ballet Technique
Men’s Technique
Men’s Variations
Acting for Dancers/Mime
Dance History
Meet the Artist
Injury Prevention

Though some lecture offerings may vary by site, the daily structure and curriculum of all Summer Intensive programs is identical. Students take four classes a day; generally three dance classes and one lecture class. In addition, dancers have rehearsals or choreography sessions approximately two to three nights per week. Dancers in each Summer Intensive have the opportunity to perform in a final performance showcasing selections from ABT’s repertoire and new choreography created during the program.

ABT’s 2008 Summer Intensive students will be exposed to a level of training unequaled in any other summer program. The faculty will consist of ABT artistic staff, ABT alumni, guest teachers and accomplished pianists. Summer Intensive instructors include:

Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director
Melissa Allen Bowman, Artistic Director of Summer Intensives
Franco De Vita, Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT
Wes Chapman, Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company
Ethan Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Leslie Browne, Giuseppe Canale, Hilary Cartwright, Warren Conover, George de la Peña, Kristine Elliott, Gage Bush Englund, Rodney Gustafson, Alaine Haubert, Cynthia Harvey, Lorin Johnson, Susan Jones, Ted Kivitt, Denise Warner Limoli, Clinton Luckett, Kate Lydon, Charles Maple, Jolinda Menendez, Orlando Molina, Colleen O’Callaghan, Lawrence Pech, Kirk Peterson, Nancy Raffa, Brian Reeder, Amy Rose, Lupe Serrano, Rosanna Seravalli, Samantha Shelton, Christine Spizzo, Carla Stallings Lippert, Ron Tice

Please note: Each student will not have classes with every faculty member listed.

American Ballet Theatre has a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the 2008 Summer Intensive. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no application process. American Ballet Theatre will notify scholarship recipients in their acceptance letter to the program.

ABT National Training Program:
The goal of the National Training Program is to encourage young dancers to continue their dance training and complete their academic education in their home communities. To accomplish this goal, ABT awards scholarships to a small number of promising young dancers, ages 12-18, after participating in the ABT Summer Intensive. The scholarships cover a portion of their local dance school fees, as well as Summer Intensive tuition. The dancers are required to attend the Summer Intensive program again the following summer. Students who fulfill the requirements may receive renewed scholarships. (Please note that there is no application process for this program. National Training Scholars are chosen each year from the student body of the ABT Summer Intensives, and are notified by mail after the Nominating Committee meets in the Fall.)

2007-2008 National Training Scholars:
We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s National Training Program Scholarships. They are: David Alvarez, Kristina Aubuchon, Sterling Baca^, Katie Boren, Skylar Brandt, Mallory Clark, Brittany DeGrofft*, Stefan Drach, Hannah Dunn, Chloe Duryea, Austin Finley, Jennifer Florquin, Esteban Hernandez, Jaime Hickey, Meaghan Hinkis^, Makensie Howe, Shu Kinouchi, Gina-Marie Leathem, Betsy McBride, Alexandra McGlade, Elise Miller^, Steven Morse*, Kristopher Nobles, Melissa Ong, Seika Paradeis, Kaitlyn Potts, Brittany Rand, Summer Reed, Shiori Taguchi, Cassie Trenary, Loren White, Laura Wolfe, and Juan Sebastian Zamora.

Congratulations to them all!

^ Bender Foundation Scholar
* Oceanic Heritage Foundation Scholar