News: International Dance Supply Becomes ABT Exclusive Provider

UK-based International Dance Supplies has unveiled a collection of brightly colored leotards that will serve as the official uniform for American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum. At a February press conference, ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School dancers modeled the new styles and colors, chosen by Franco De Vita, principal of the JKO School, to coordinate with the levels of ABT’s program. Made from matte, breathable nylon/elastane, the non-baggy and non-slippery leotards are available for purchase three ways: Retailers can order items to sell in their boutiques; teachers can register their studios at to ensure their students buy appropriate styles; and individuals can purchase leotards directly from ABT’s online store.


Photo: ABT’s JKO students model the new uniforms with IDS and ABT officials: (L to R) Ian Ferguson, Andrew Ward, Franco De Vita, Anne Walker and Rachel Moore. (by Meghan Love, courtey of American Ballet Theatre)

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