From the company:
Melissa Allen Bowman, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and current artistic
director of ABTís Summer Intensives, has been named Assistant Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Her appointment, effective September 1, 2011, was
announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Under the direction of JKO school principal Franco De Vita, Bowman will oversee all
students in the open-enrollment program, who range in age from 5-12. The school follows a specific
graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in American Ballet Theatreís National Training
Curriculum. The faculty of ABTís Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School includes members of ABTís
Artistic staff, ABT alumni and other prominent teachers.
Born in Orange County, California, Bowman received her early training with Lois Ellyn,
formerly of New York City Ballet. At age fifteen, she was invited to join the corps de ballet of American
Ballet Theatre where she danced for the next seven years. During that time, Bowman launched her own
ballet company, the Emerson Dance Theatre, which featured up-and-coming ABT dancers. From 1989 to
1992, she danced with the Bern Ballet of Switzerland and the Zurich Ballet. In 1999, Bowman joined the
staff of the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, where she became resident choreographer and associate director.
Since 2001, she has served on the faculty of ABTís Detroit Summer Intensive. Bowman was named
Artistic Director of ABTís Summer Intensives in 2007.
For more information about the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet
Theatre, please visit www.abt.org/education.
Melissa Allen Bowman named assistant principal of JKO School of Ballet
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