Dancing Arts Center Senior Jacob Clerico Receives Full Scholarship to American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Holliston, Massachusetts - September 8, 2015 - Dancing Arts Center is proud to announce that long-time student Jacob Clerico has been accepted into American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship for his upcoming senior year.

"I wisJacob Clerico photo by Tom Stioh to congratulate you on the work you and Patrick have done with Jacob," says Franco De Vita, Artistic Director for the ABT JKO School, to DAC Co-Directors Gregg Saulnier and Patrick Notaro. "He was chosen to join the ABT JKO School because he has clean and correct training and very good presence, along with a natural elegance."

Students of ABT's JKO School are invited to attend only after a rigorous audition process. Jacob's acceptance and full scholarship represents his tireless commitment to his craft, and highlights Dancing Arts Center's focus on all aspects of dance, from the technical to the artistic, in an effort to make each student a complete and versatile dancer.

Liza Voll Photography Jacob Clerico

"We are so proud of Jacob for this tremendous accomplishment. His moving to  New York is bittersweet for us, but this is an amazing honor and opportunity for him, and reflects so highly on the training at DAC," says DAC Co-Director Gregg Saulnier. "Jacob has been a rising star at DAC, dancing in several lead roles in our school's performances through the years, and has been an upstanding example of what young men, and all dancers, can accomplish with the proper focus and training."

The Dancing Arts Center recently completed a successful summer program, and is preparing to welcome students and instructors for the new school year. Students will have an opportunity to train in classic ballet, as well as modern dance, jazz and tap, and will prepare for the annual Nutcracker performance to be held in December at the Norwood Theater in Norwood Massachusetts.

About American Ballet Theatre:

The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is a pre-professional ballet training program for students, ages 12-18. Under the direction of Franco De Vita, Artistic Director, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the success of each student. Admission is by audition only. The curriculum of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School is the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Consistent with the stylistic requirements of ABT, the ABT JKO School aims to provide dancers with a rich knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.