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School of American Ballet

The creation of the New York City Ballet in 1948 is a milestone in the history of the School of American Ballet, for it marked the realization of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein’s primary goal in founding SAB: to create an American ballet company. Since then, the School and NYCB have been intimately linked.

The choreography created by George Balanchine established a uniquely American style, one that demanded dancers to move with unprecedented speed, precision and intense musicality. To ensure that the technique taught at the School develops the exceptional dancers who can fulfill the needs of the Company, NYCB and SAB share the same artistic leadership: the Company’s ballet master in chief also serves as the School’s artistic director and chairman of faculty. Peter Martins is George Balanchine's successor in those capacities at NYCB and SAB.

Over the years, current members and alumni of NYCB have come to form a greater proportion of the School’s permanent faculty. These brilliant instructors include many who were trained by and danced for George Balanchine during his most prolific years as one of the leading choreographers of the twentieth century. Today, 12 of 14 faculty members are current or former members of NYCB.

They pass on their incomparable experience gained by working with George Balanchine and Peter Martins, and dancing the ballet world's most varied, challenging and musically accomplished repertoire.

Over the past 70 years, the School and NYCB have together transformed ballet in America. Alumni of first the School and then the Company have gone on to begin or direct other schools and companies, to choreograph new works and to stage the works of Balanchine, Robbins and Martins for companies worldwide. As a result, dancers trained at the School of American Ballet today enjoy many choices when embarking on professional careers. Not only do a number of students join New York City Ballet each year, but others join leading dance companies around the country and the world.

School name:School of American Ballet
Address:70 Lincoln Center Plaza.
Zip & city:10023-6592 New York

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