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Press Release

17th December 2010





American Ballet Theatre (ABT) announces International Dance Supplies (IDS) as the newly appointed

sole supplier of the Official Uniform for the ABT National Training Programs. The ABT Official

Uniform is a pre-professional line of dancewear for young male and female students in ABT’s training

programs. As the Official Uniform of the ABT National Training Curriculum, and as sole supplier,

IDS will outfit the students at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, the company’s pre-

professional classical ballet program established in 2004.

Working closely with Franco De Vita, Principal of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, IDS

has created a vibrant yet classic look with an exciting range of fresh new colors, styles and quality

fabrics for both the school and the students in ABT’s National Training Programs. The new line will be

launched at ABT’s Teacher Training Program session in February 2011 in New York City.

“We are delighted to be partnered with such an internationally respected dancewear company –

International Dance Supplies,” said Rachel Moore, ABT Executive Director. “They are committed to

excellence and that is also our ultimate mission.”

“From day one I’ve had every confidence in IDS,” said De Vita. “Working alongside professionals with

a mutual respect and understanding of our art form, as well as our values, vision and standards, is very

important to us.”

Anne Walker, Founder and President of IDS, said, “More and more, we find ourselves on the world

stage. We have over 30 years of experience in the dancewear business, providing quality products,

but the key to success is working with companies that share the same brand values as yourself. With

ABT, we have a true partnership... strong, supple, reliable and without fuss!”

American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the premier dance companies in the world. Directed

since 1992 by former Principal dancer Kevin McKenzie, ABT performs nationally and internationally

for over 600,000 people annually. In 2006, by an act of Congress, ABT was named America’s National

Ballet Company®. In 2007, ABT launched its National Training Curriculum, a program of ballet

technique combining artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

Northern Trust is the Official Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American

Begun 35 years ago, IDS is the United Kingdom's largest wholesale dancewear supplier with a

commitment to servicing dance teachers and dance shops with quality dancewear. Working as a

dance teacher, Anne Walker began making leotards in an attic bedroom as she could not find quality,

affordable dancewear for her own dance students. Armed with a $75 loan from her mother to buy a

second-hand industrial sewing machine, Anne has taken IDS from the attic to a thriving $13 million

company. In 2009, IDS launched a range of dance accessories in the USA...Accessories to make your

Stars Shine - now selling in the United States.

Beginning February 2011, the Official Uniform of ABT’s National Training Programs will be available

worldwide at www.idsdance.com and www.abt.org.

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