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

Admission

Completion of Training

SAB does not award diplomas to its students. The element of time and the earning of credits that are so important for obtaining degrees in academic fields are less applicable in the field of professional dance training. The number of years of ballet instruction necessary to the formation of a dancer varies not only with the individual talent of a student but also with the age at which instruction was begun, the intensiveness of the courses attended, and the quality of instruction received before enrolling at SAB. Moreover, a dancer's training continues beyond formal training at SAB, and completion should not be marked arbitrarily by the delivery of a certificate. A dancer's education at SAB may be considered successfully completed when he or she is deemed ready to join a professional company. As a general rule, students who are unable to achieve this goal, or who are uninterested, are discouraged early from continuing their training at the school.