American Ballet Theatre (ABT).
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- Campbell, Josephine
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- American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is a highly respected national ballet company located in New York City that is dedicated to classical dancing. At its affiliated school, ABT has fostered the careers of many of the world’s greatest dancers. Stars of ABT include Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Misty Copeland, Anton Dolin, André Eglevsky, Cynthia Gregory, Rosella Hightower, Nora Kaye, John Kriza, Hugh Laing, Natalia Makarova, Alicia Markova, Ivan Nagy, Janet Reed, Violette Verdy, and Igor Youskevitch. Baryshnikov also served as artistic director during the 1980s and created works for ABT. Other famed choreographers at the theater include Agnes de Mille, Eliot Feld, Michel Fokine, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, and Antony Tudor. The dance company is known for ballets such as Bluebeard (1941), Russian Soldier (1942), and Themes and Variations.
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