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Melissa Allen Bowman named assistant principal of JKO School of Ballet

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From the company:

Melissa Allen Bowman, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and current artistic

director of ABT’s 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 Theatre’s National Training

Curriculum. The faculty of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School includes members of ABT’s

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 ABT’s Detroit Summer Intensive. Bowman was named

Artistic Director of ABT’s Summer Intensives in 2007.

For more information about the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet

Theatre, please visit www.abt.org/education.

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