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JKOS receives Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja 2012Press release


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS SCHOOL RECEIVES
PRIX ROME JIA RUSKAJA 2012

AWARD TO INCLUDE EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN JKO SCHOOL AND
DANCE SCHOOL AT THE ROME OPERA HOUSE

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre,
directed by Principal Franco De Vita, was awarded the 2012 Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja
by the Foundation of the National Academy of Dance, the official dance institution of
the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The award will be
bestowed December 13 at a gala presentation given at the Teatro Comunale in
Florence, Italy.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School at American Ballet Theatre
received the award from the Foundation of the National Academy of Dance in
recognition of its significant contributions to the training of classical dance. The
2012 Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja will comprise a cultural exchange between the JKO
School and the Dance School at the Rome Opera House and combined master classes
with both schools. JKO School students will travel to Rome to participate in the
exchange and perform at the awards gala at the Teatro Comunale. The gala
performance by the JKO School students will include George Balanchine’s Tarantella
and Raymond Lukens’ La Plus Que Lente and Jerusalem Divertissement.

“I am personally honored to have the JKO School receive this award,” said
Franco De Vita, Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American
Ballet Theatre. “Raymond Lukens and I directed the Scuola di Danza Hamlyn in
Florence from 1983 to 1997. To return to Florence with my students from the JKO
School and perform at the Opera House is incredibly meaningful to me.”

“Congratulations to Franco De Vita and the JKO School’s outstanding
students on this achievement,” said Caroline Kennedy. “The award is a testament to
ABT’s commitment to bringing ballet to the widest possible audience. My mother
would be so pleased to know that a new generation of dancers will have the
opportunity to perform in Italy and receive this tremendous honor.”

The Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja pays homage to Ruskaja, co-founder of the
National Academy of Dance in Rome, Italy. The annual prize was previously
awarded to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2011.


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