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


Enriching activities outside classes are always a part of SAB's summer program. Following are some of the events the students enjoyed, and places they went, in their free time during recent Summer Courses.


Students visit Saratoga Springs, summer home of New York City Ballet
Circle Line Cruise
Q&A with NYCB Principal Robert Fairchild


  • Day trip to Saratoga Springs, the summer home of New York City Ballet
  • Performances by American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center
  • Broadway shows and performances which recently included Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, Aladdin, School of Rock and more.

Recreation and Sight Seeing

  • Trip to Freed of London U.S. headquarters in New York City for private fittings, consultations and shopping
  • Climb to the top of the Empire State Building
  • Visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History
  • A guided walking tour through Central Park
  • Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Day trip to Six Flag's Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ
  • An outing to AMC Lowes movie theater Lincoln Square
  • A visit to the Bronx Zoo
  • A scenic Circle Line Cruise in New York Harbor

Programming at the School or in the Residence Hall

  • Q&A and autograph session with NYCB Principal dancer
  • "Color Wars" competition
  • Ice cream social
  • Make your own pizza
  • Residence Hall suite door decorating contest
  • Spa Night
  • Movie nights
  • Karaoke and Lip Sync Battles
  • Cookie decorating
  • Arts & Crafts nights
  • Postcards home
  • End of Summer party + dance

There is a mandatory $150 activity fee for the Summer Course. While some activities are covered in this fee, there are additional costs for some outings.  Students may sign up and pay for a pre-planned package of activities at the same time that enrollment forms are completed in the spring prior to the Summer Course.

All group outings are chaperoned by Student Life staff members. Private buses chartered by SAB are used for all group activities requiring transportation to destinations both in and out of Manhattan.