George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein’s vision for the School of American Ballet—to produce highly skilled classical dancers capable of performing at the highest level in an American ballet company—has been more than realized.
Not only does the School provide almost all of the members of Balanchine and Kirstein’s New York City Ballet, but dancers trained at SAB appear on the rosters of companies around the U.S. and beyond. In the past five years alone, the School’s alumni have dispersed to dance in 35 U.S. ballet companies and nearly a dozen international troupes.
The School’s influence extends beyond the footlights: SAB alumni currently hold artistic posts at more than 20 American and at least 5 foreign companies. Many of the nation’s leading ballet schools are run by SAB trained dancers.