Apogee Foundation Announces Education Grant to American Ballet Theatre

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The Apogee Foundation, an international nonprofit dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performing arts, is providing a US$12,000 Scholarship Grant to American Ballet Theatre.

The Apogee Foundation has awarded a $12,000 Scholarship Grant to American Ballet Theatre to support the Company's internationally recognized education and training programs. The grant will create the position of an Apogee Foundation Scholar within the ABT organization.

The creation of this position is designed to assist ABT in developing world class talent from Eastern Europe and the Middle and Far East, enabling candidates with outstanding potential to develop the skills and experience necessary to attain successful careers with the world's foremost ballet companies.

For more information regarding Apogee's support for world class performing arts institutions, please refer to the Foundation's website: http://www.apogeefoundation.org/programs/index.php

"ABT and the world class dancers it has attracted and developed are national treasures who have set a global standard of excellence in the performing arts," said Apogee President Kenneth Schneider. "From Baryshnikov and Makarova to Malakhov and Ananiashvili, ABT has played a unique role in showcasing the potential for collaboration between the greatest talents of East and West. We are delighted to partner with ABT in developing further generations of high potential artists who, with the benefit of ABT's training, can likewise achieve the apogee of human excellence in the performing arts."

John Meehan, Artistic Director of Education and Training for American Ballet Theatre and ABT Studio Company Director, said: "We are grateful for the Apogee Foundation's recognition and support of our education and training programs. These are an essential part of ABT's mission and play an important role in the future of the Company and of the profession. This grant enables us to augment our existing programs and to further the vision which both organizations share of assisting dancers with outstanding potential to achieve world class excellence."

For more information regarding the Foundation's award and grant programs, please refer to the following page: http://www.apogeefoundation.org/awards/index.php

To view this news release with full photographic content and to download printer friendly and PDF formats, as well as to obtain translations into other languages, please refer to the Foundation's website: http://www.ApogeeFoundation.org/awareness/2004-2005/abt_education_grant.php

About the Apogee Foundation:
The Apogee Foundation began activities in Russia in 1997 and was incorporated in the United States in 2004 as a New York based not-for-profit corporation. Apogee is dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performing arts. It supports cultural institutions and individual artists, providing administrative, promotional, and financial support to help talented individuals achieve their full potential, and enabling this potential to be showcased to the world.

About American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre, founded in 1940, is recognized as one of the great dance companies of the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach, as a result of which ABT has become perhaps the most recognized and presented American ballet company in the country and around the world. One of ABT's main missions is to ensure that the traditions of dance and movement are successfully sustained and carried on through education and training.

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The Apogee Foundation
Kenneth Schneider, President
1001 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018-5411 (USA)
+1.646.722.0247 or +1.888.APOGEE.8
Fax: +1.646.292.5101
http://www.ApogeeFoundation.org

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