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A Tempo: American Ballet Theater Brings Dance to Audiences Through Books, Bubbles

Credit Camila Falquez
Devon Teuscher is one of ABT's dancers who is spending time temporarily quarantined in a "ballet bubble" in order to film performances of new works with other ABT dancers during the pandemic.

As Covid-19 began its surge last March, American Ballet Theater quickly brought its education programs online, including dance instruction and ABTKids Daily - five days of content a week that brings ballet and related concepts to young audiences. That was followed during the ensuing months with other virtual programs from its dancers that kept the company engaged with its existing, and new-found, audiences. This Fall it released the first of its children's books through a partnership with Random House and has created ballet "bubbles" by quarantining some of its dancers so they can dance and film new productions that will stream in the coming weeks. 

A Tempo host Rachel Katz this Saturday (11/14 at 7 pm) speaks with ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett about this range of initiatives, including the new commissions that will premiere at ABT's virtual "ABT Today" event November 23. The program also includes a conversation with Principal Dancer Devon Teuscher, one of the dancers who has been in a "bubble," about her experience and her thoughts heading into the Nutcracker season.

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.