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

History

March 1934

Just 30-years-old, Balanchine uses students from the School to begin choreographing his first ballet in America. That ballet, Serenade, and two others are performed in June at the estate of Edward Warburg’s family in White Plains, New York.

The initial producing company of the School of American Ballet leads to the formation of the American Ballet Company in 1935, which is invited to serve as resident ballet for the Metropolitan Opera, an arrangement that will last until 1938.

During this time, Balanchine creates several important works and presents a miniature Stravinsky Festival.