Primary and Levels 1 – 4 students at The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School are eligible to participate in the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum examination process in spring. Examinations provide the opportunity for young dancers to present what they have been working on in class and get feedback on how they are mastering the technique from an ABT master teacher. All exam participants receive their examination scores and a certificate of passing if they successfully fulfill the requirements of their level.
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The American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT® Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s® National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s® Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. ABT’s® National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly by focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.