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

History

1933

Kirstein travels to London and arranges for a meeting with Balanchine, whom he has admired from afar since attending a Ballets Russes performance of Prodigal Son in 1929. Kirstein boldly invites Balanchine to return with him to the United States to establish a ballet school and a company. Balanchine accepts.

Kirstein writes an impassioned letter to the director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, seeking assistance in establishing Balanchine’s American school.