Mason Gross American Ballet Theatre students to perform at Carnegie Hall

Students in the Mason Gross Extension Division’s American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children’s Division have been tapped to participate in a family musical at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The Christmas Rose, starring Jane Seymour, is set for Thursday, November 29, 2012. 

Approximately two dozen Rutgers students in the children’s dance program will participate alongside students from the ABT JKO School in New York City and students from the ABT satellite school in Rye, N.Y.

Pamela Levy, a Mason Gross School alum and the Extension Division’s ABT faculty member, says this opportunity will allow her young students to appreciate the significance of their work in the studio.

“They will see that through training in dance they can go onstage and touch many, many people,” Levy says. “This experience at Carnegie will bring back into their dance training a more worldly viewpoint. It will enable them to see their dance training as more than just practice in the studio but as something that can lead to something bigger and something that extends beyond their own world.”

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children’s Division is a ballet program for children ages 4 to 12. The program launched on Douglass campus in New Brunswick in September 2012 and enrolls 30 students.

On November 29, the Mason Gross ABT JKO students will be among a 400-member cast of actors, singers and dancers in the Christmas musical. Other groups set to participate include The American Boychoir and Ireland’s Damhsa Dance Company. The evening’s proceeds will benefit The Open Hearts Foundation.

“It’s such a unique opportunity to be there,” Levy says. “To be able to connect with one of the best ballet companies in the world, to be so closely connected to that through the training, is really rare. And the fact that we can bring this connection to ABT and to New York City to our students in New Jersey is something that will help them to see the bigness of what they are doing, that what they are involved in is incredible.”

Learn more about the Mason Gross Extension Division’s alliance with American Ballet Theatre.