Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is proud to announce that MCA Director of Dance, Tammy Schmidt is 1 of 15 instructors selected to attend American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) National Training Curriculum program in New York City this August to become an ABT Certified Teacher for Pre-Primary- Level 3.

Schmidt has been a professional dance artist and educator for 25 years. She holds a B.F.A. in Ballet from Texas Christian University and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Oklahoma. As director of dance, Schmidt leads and teaches in the dance division of MCA, as well as the dance program at Saint Mary’s University. In order to continue her education Schmidt applied to ABT’s National Training Curriculum (NTC). She was attracted to this particular program because of its proven methodology with the health, well-being, and safety of the child as its cornerstone. The ABT NTC program embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. The ABT NTC aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

After attending the 9-day intensive training and passing the examination Schmidt will be ABT Certified Ballet Instructor for ages 3+ through level 3. According to lists on the ABT website, Schmidt will be the only ABT Certified instructor in the State of Minnesota.

About American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT is the only major cultural institution that annually tours the United States, performing for more than 450,000 people. The Company has also made more than 30 international tours to 50 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.

Learn more about MCA’s Dance Program and Schmidt in an article on the BDancewear Website.