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Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director Peter Martins

Workshop Performances

 Les Petits Riens at the 2012 Workshop Performances; Photo by Paul Kolnik

The School of American Ballet’s annual Workshop Performances are a public demonstration of the continuing tradition of excellence fostered at the School. Dozens of advanced students participate each year in the School’s Workshop, which culminates in three spring performances at Lincoln Center's Peter Jay Sharp Theater with costumes, lights, and live orchestra.

The ballets presented include standards from the Balanchine repertory, Bournonville excerpts, Jerome Robbins ballets, and other classical masterworks. The School also commissions new choreography made especially on SAB students.

Workshop performances are not graduation exercises. Aside from the fact that students often appear in these performances for several years, a dancer’s training continues beyond formal classes at SAB. Instead of commencement exercises, these annual spring programs are simply an introduction to the talented dancers of the future.