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


Nutcracker Family Benefit

Tiler Peck signing autographs at the 2012 Nutcracker Family Benefit. Photo by Mary Hilliard

The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet join together each December to co-host The Nutcracker Family Benefit. This festive family event includes a Saturday matinee performance of the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® followed by lunch and a visit from Santa. The ballet performance features dozens of young students from the School who, along with the adult cast members, join party goers to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Proceeds raised by The Nutcracker Family Benefit support the School’s scholarship fund and NYCB and its educational programs.

If you are interested in attending the Nurcracker Family Benefit in 2017, please contact the School's Special Events Office at 212-769-6636.