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

History

New York City Ballet

In October 1948, Ballet Society changes its name to New York City Ballet and becomes a permanent resident company of New York’s City Center, where it will perform for the next 16 years before moving to Lincoln Center in 1964. This newfound stability allows Balanchine’s creativity to flourish, and he choreographs an astonishing number of masterpieces over the next decade: among them Firebird, a one-act Swan Lake, Agon, The Nutcracker, Stars and Stripes and Western Symphony. With Kirstein and Balanchine’s vision for an American ballet company fulfilled, the School’s ongoing mission as the training ground for the company is solidified.