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Director's Message

Dancers come to the AAB Summer School from across America, and from some 15 other countries. The AAB is the premier Summer School in America. Here is why:

Great Faculty

Our distinguished faculty is at the top of the teaching profession. Several teachers have coached famous dancers.

Great Programs

Ballet is the focus. Also, Jazz, Spanish, Folk, Contemporary, and Performance Awards.
Classes are 6 days a week.

Great Performances

Dance = Performance.
There are 10 performance opportunities during the 6-week period.

Great Supervision

No need to worry about safety. Security is by Purchase College. We have House Mothers (chaperones), Registered Nurses, and student counselors. Dancers are required to observe the rules.

 

Only at AAB

Special features of our
Summer School are:

1. Performance Awards
In schools across America, and in 10 other countries.

2. Ballet Intensive
An excellent way to refine technique.

3. Coaching Classes
Small groups for personalized coaching.

Great Experience

Many dancers return each year. Some have attended for 8 years.

About Mignon Furman


With only her talents, courage, and determination to give definition to her vision for ballet education, Mignon Furman started the American Academy of Ballet: It soon became the premier Summer School in America.

She composed the Performance Awards which are taught all over America, and are an international phenomenon, praised by teachers in America and in 10 other countries. The success of the Performance Awards is due to Mignon’s choreography: She was a superb choreographer. Her many compositions are free of cliché. They have logic, harmony, style, and ultimately, beauty.

Margot Fonteyn, with whom she was friendly, gave her invaluable advice, during several discussions about the technical, and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Mignon had the good fortune to benefit from the wisdom, and unique experience of the most famous ballerina of the 20th century.

Mignon also composed seven instructional DVDs for the teaching of classical ballet. She was a remarkable teacher. Her prodigious knowledge, and classical style gave her dancers the recognizable “Furman” look. She was also qualified to teach ballroom and Victorian dance.

Coupled with Mignon’s ballet skills, was a tireless energy in organizing. She was a planner and administrator par excellence.

Before coming to New York, Mignon was the Director of the University of Cape Town Ballet School, with special responsibility for teacher-training. She formulated the program for the 80 trainee teachers, and 400 students at the Ballet School. She was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award from amongst the entire university’s academic staff of professors, and lecturers. She also formulated the syllabus for ballet in the public schools; was the head-examiner for many years; and was president of the dance section of the city’s performing arts program.

We all at the AAB have the honor of keeping

Mignon’s flags proudly flying.

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