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

History

Creation of American Ballet Caravan

In 1936, Kirstein forms Ballet Caravan, a small experimental concert group composed of students from the School which presents ballets on specifically American themes.

The most enduring work is Billy the Kid, with libretto by Kirstein, choreography by Eugene Loring and a commissioned score by Aaron Copland.

In 1941, Balanchine and Kirstein merge American Ballet and Ballet Caravan to form American Ballet Caravan. The group travels to South America, during which two of Balanchine’s lasting masterpieces starring SAB alumna Marie-Jeanne are premiered: Concerto Barocco and Ballet Imperial (known today as Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2).