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This summer, ABT will bring 20 acclaimed artists to St. Louis for two, can’t-miss, captivating performances as part of the company’s cross-country road trip, ABT Across America, traveling to 8 U.S. cities this July. These unique outdoor presentations are among the first live performances for ABT in over a year.

ABT Across America
July 14
5:30PM & 8:30PM
Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park

Presented in partnership with Susan Sherman, COCA and St. Louis Shakespeare Festival.

How to Attend:

  • The event is free and open to the public, no reservations required.


Contact the Shakespeare Festival Box Office at or call 314.287.3348.


American Ballet Company Designated by an act of Congress as America’s National Ballet Company®, ABT is recognized as a living national treasure. Since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 300,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. For 81 years, ABT has appeared in 45 countries and has performed in all 50 states.

COCA uses the power of the arts and education to build a vibrant St. Louis that is creative, connected and inclusive. A national leader in innovative arts education, COCA provides meaningful arts experiences in our own studios, gallery and theatres, as well as in schools, community centers and corporate settings around St. Louis. The fourth-largest multidisciplinary community arts center in the country, we annually serve more than 50,000 people of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels—from enthusiastic amateurs to emerging professionals—all taught by a faculty of more than 250 distinguished teaching artists. Through dance, vocal music, theatre, art and design, and beyond, we nurture the artistic and creative potential in our students—and our community.

The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival strives to foster community and joy across the St. Louis region through the Shakespearean tradition of art for all. Since 2001, the Festival has grown from producing a single production of Shakespeare in the Park to a year-round season of impactful programming in exciting and accessible venues throughout the bi-state area. Artistic and education programs reach over 50,000 patrons and students each season and have served over one million since 2001. In 2020, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News featured the Festival’s stand-out virtual and in-person programs.


Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park

Shakespeare in the Park, Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA


Master Classes with American Ballet Theatre (ABT)

On July 14, join us at COCA for Intermediate- and Advanced-level master classes (ages 12–21) led by ABT dancers—free of charge!

Intermediate Master Class (ages 12–15) | JUL 14 | 10:00–11:30AM

Register Online

Advanced Master Class (ages 16–21) | JUL 14 | 12:00–1:30PM

Register Online

Registration is required to attend the master classes. Enrollment will be limited to 14 students in each master class, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, one masterclass will take place at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis: North Grand Club for a closed group of young students enrolled in that program.