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ABOUT Ajkun Ballet Theatre
       

 Ballet New York City 
IN A NUTSHELL
Founded in the year 2000 in the vibrant community of New York,
AJKUNBT is internationally renowned as one of the most comprehensive organizations serving the professional dance world and the community at large, under the artistic leadership of Leonard and Chiara Ajkun.

Our mission is to provide an outstanding experience in the art of ballet and contemporary dance through performances by our professional company, to raise the bar of excellence in dance education for public school students, and to stimulate interest in this art form by maintaing a central place for information and help available to professionals and the general public.

Blending theory, practice and passion, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre organization is also home to a community that helps our youth reach its fullest potential through Dance Education and Young Children programming, subsidized Training opportunities in the internationally recognized Ajkun Methodology and unique RepertoryFunding for emerging artists and Partnership activities for Dance Institutions.
Meet the Staff that foster our mission on the Directory page.
 
THE COMPANY
Regarded as one of the country's most original for its trademark  Repertory, our Company keeps over 35 classic and chamber ballets alive and produces an average of 5 contemporary creations every year, to pursue the vitality of today's creativity.

Our outstanding and multicultural roster of  Artists  balances the skills of accomplished professionals with the dynamic energy of rising talent, bringing the world's finest to our stages.

Thousands of audience members enjoy the Company's performances offered during the New York City Season, National & International Residencies and Tours that compose its 48-week annual Season.

 
TOURING COMPANY and GUEST PERFORMERS
Ranging from full-length Ballets with an Orchestra of 65 to smaller Chamber productions performed to recorded music,  the Company's touring element varies from 45 dancers (52 people, with production personnel) to 8 dancers, making it easier to tour and present. 

Although touring engagements vary every year, annual Performance Tours take place during the months of June and July in Europe, over September in Australia, and in January, throughout Asia

Specially priced performances are offered to Schools wishing to enhance their students' theater experience. Master Classes & Workshops may be offered in combination with our  performances.

Throughout the year, our Artists guest in productions assembled by AjkunBT's Partners in Dance, a network of professional and youth companies in the United States and abroad featuring our company artists and alumni.

DANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Our goal is to enable young people to develop the confidence, technical knowledge and physical skills necessary in today's world, and to provide those interested in dance and professionals with short-term training, seminars and consultations in the unique Methodology and Repertory offered by the Company.

Public Schools are offered a variety of Participatory programs which include Workshops, In-School Performances and opportunities to visit our Company in New York City.

Dance Students, Professional Dancers, Dance Teachers and Choreographers who are in the early to mid-career stages of their artistic and professional development thrive from participating to our Trainee Program, Summer Intensive, and New York Winter Festival Workshop

Children blossom in our Young Dancer programs and many become Cultural Ambassadors for the Arts within their Communities.

Academic students may inquire with their College/University about credits earned through In-School seminars taught by the Company's visiting faculty or performance. The Ajkun Ballet Theatre's Artists are regular guest faculty of the University of Dance in Italy and the National Opera House of Albania, during the Company's international performance engagements at the Dance in Italy Festival and the Opera House Season.
 
Dance Schools and Companies may elect to host Dancers, Choreographers and Instructors of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre for their productions, workshops and master classes by becoming part of our worldwide network of Partners in Dance.  TO READ MORE click EDUCATION on the menu and follow the link of choice.

GRANT PROGRAMS
Ajkun Ballet Theatre's committment to make dance education accessible for everyone, and our motto "Creativity Matters!" are well expressed by the organization's efforts to financially support Dancers and Choreographers interested in what we have to offer.

In addition to our subsidized and tuition free dance education programs, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre organization strives to collect and disburse grants of significant monetary values to qualifying Dancers interested in serious ballet and contemporary dance education, to learn about the performing arts industry in our country, and Choreographers who self-produce and self-present. TO READ MORE click FUND on the menu and follow the link of choice.

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