St. Augustine Dance Instructor Receives ABT Certification

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Luis Abella, Abella's School of Dance
Luis Abella, Abella’s School of Dance

Luis Abella earns ABT Certification

Luis Abella, owner of Abella’s School of Dance in St. Augustine has completed an 8 day training class in New York City to become certified in the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Training Curriculum.  ABT Certified teachers complete eight days of intensive training and pass a comprehensive examination.  ABT Training Curriculum is an eight level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

ABT Training Curriculum

The ABT 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, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment.  Artistically, the 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.

The Importance of ABT

American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the greatest dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people annually.

Abella’s School of Dance

Abella’s School of Dance recently celebrated their first year of operation in Saint Augustine. They are currently accepting students for the 2011-2012 school year. Abella’s School of Dance is located at 1765 Tree Blvd. #3, Saint Augustine.  For more information please visit or call 904-810-5670.

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