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Quotes From Faculty Teachers and Dancers
“AAB Summer School was a great experience.
Don't miss it!”

-Katherine Higgins, Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

“The whole program is irresistible. It is the perfect organization. It is remarkable that all the different groups perform. The choreography makes all of the dancers look their best. It is a source of delight.”

-Violette Verdy, was Principal Dancer of NYC Ballet and Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, now on the faculty of the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

At the Summer School of the AAB, the distinguished teachers, diverse repertoire, and meticulous preparation for performances combine for the dancers to make phenomenal progress. The atmosphere in the wonderful studios is hard work, but with kindness and care. It is not everywhere that there is such a harmonious, and constructive environment.”

-Vladimir Stadnik, Assistant Professor of Dance, Ball State University


“The dancers at the AAB Summer School are talented, motivated, and inspired. To be taught by the high caliber of faculty teachers is to take them beyond their expectations. See you at Summer School!”

-Iain Macdonald, Director, Johannesburg Ballet


“It is wonderful to see the progress that the dancers achieve at the AAB Summer School - from advanced dancers to the juniors. It is exciting to see the improvement in technique, and presentation that each dancer gains in the studio, and in performance in the theater.”

-Gina Chiavelli, Principal, Pinewood School of Dance


“The Summer School of the AAB is truly a Summer School of Excellence. The teachers, who come from several parts of the world are the finest. I was impressed with the high standard of coaching which the dancers received.”

-Louise Taitz, Principal, OYT Academy of Dance, Chicago


“The great team of teachers at the AAB Summer School, of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, and Spanish Dance gives the dancers an unforgettable experience. The dancers are enriched with knowledge. The Summer School of the AAB brings joy to all. It is a great opportunity for dancers to excel.”

-Romulo Ramos, Director of Balletarrj, Rio de Janeiro


“The AAB Summer School is a highlight of the year for me. It is a great pleasure to be part of this wonderful program.”

-Jay Jolley, Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet School

“It was a truly enlightening experience for me. As each day passed, I observed the excellence of the AAB. The classes are taught by great teachers. The program also prepares dancers for joining a company.”

-Michael Broderick, Associate Vice President, The London Ballet Circle


“I am proud to be a part of this international faculty. Dancers from all over the world attend the AAB Summer School. Their improvement, motivation, hard work, and discipline are rewarded with the beautiful Gala Performance on the last night of a memorable Summer school.”

-Kevin Durwael, Royal Ballet School Antwerp


“After my first day of teaching at the AAB Summer School, I thought about how much I would like to come back the following year. Packed with intense training in fabulous facilities, the program formulated by Mignon Furman is well focused. AAB’s emphasis on classical ballet technique, with the right amount of Jazz and Character Dance trains the students to be better dancers.”

-Craig Salstein, Soloist with American Ballet Theater

Where Are They Now? Some of Our Alumni

Katherine Higgins
Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

Stella Abera
ABT Principal Dancer

Thomas Forster
ABT Corps de Ballet

Sabina Westcombe
Royal Ballet First Artist

Kevin Emerton
Royal Ballet

Joseph Caley
Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal

Rie Ichikawa
Boston Ballet Soloist

Mariana Goncalves
Dance Theater of Harlem

Fuzuki Ishizaki
Hong Kong Ballet

Martyn Garside
Zhukov Dance Company

Danny Scott
Suzanne Farrell Ballet

James Hay
Royal Ballet

Alex Dutko
American Repertory Ballet

Maya Storseth
Norwegian Ballet

Or Sagi

Aviad Herman
Gothenburg Ballet

Jordan Moser
Austin Ballet

Alpha Ng
Singapore Ballet Theatre



Lucas Jerklander
Slovenia Ballet

Tristan Dyer
Royal Ballet

Dario Elia
Zurich Ballet

Yoshihisa Arai
Tulsa Ballet Soloist

Ilana Jonas
California Ballet Company

Rachel Kivlighan
Orlando Ballet

Karina Hagemeyer
Smuin Ballet

Amanda Fairweather
Texas Ballet Theater Trainee

Ashley Whittle
Ballet de l’opera de Bordeax

Hannah Carter
Estonian Ballet

Bradley Beakes
Woodbury Dance Company

Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin
Oregon Ballet Theatre

Andrea Yorita
Ballet X Philadelphia, PA

Analiese Umana
Baltimore Ballet

Michael Gross
River North Dance Chicago

Jeremy Zapanta
Austin Ballet

Ruan Galdino
Joburg Ballet

Jaoa Sampaio
Tulsa Ballet

Nina Fernandes
Tulsa Ballet

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