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

Student Life

Student Life Staff

Kelly Novitski, Director of Student Life

Kelly joined SAB in 2003 as the Assistant Director of Residence Life. In 2006 she was promoted to Director of Residence Life and in 2008 was again promoted to Director of Student Life. She received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University where she was a Graduate Assistant in housing and residence life for two years. Prior to moving to NYC, Kelly worked full-time at a non-profit organization in Center City, Philadelphia. Kelly received her BA in Sociology at Villanova University.

Sion Harrington, Director of Residence Life

Sion began his work at SAB in 2005. After spending two years as an Assistant Residence Hall Director, Sion was promoted to Assistant Director of Residence Life in 2007. In 2008, Sion was promoted to Director of Residence Life. Prior to his time here, he spent two years as a high school Spanish teacher in his hometown of Burlington, North Carolina. He holds a BA in Spanish and a BS in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Appalachian State University. Sion recently finished a graduate program at NYU, earning Masters degree in Higher Education Administration.

Hannah Skarin, Assistant Director of Student Life for Education Programs

Hannah joined SAB in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Education Programs. Before moving to New York, she served as a Hall Director for three years at the University of Connecticut. She received her Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania while she worked in Housing Operations at Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Diego State University.

Leah Quintiliano, Diversity Program Manager

Leah joined SAB in 2014, as Diversity Program Manager and a member of both the Student Life and Public Relations, Recruiting, and Outreach departments. Prior to starting at SAB, Leah worked as an English teacher in Malaga and Reus, Spain. She received her Master of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale.

Andrea Zujko , Physical Therapist

Andrea officially joined SAB as the school's physical therapist in January 2004. Her background includes a professional career as a dancer and eight years of teaching experience as a Pilates instructor. Andrea graduated from Northwestern University in 2001 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Before moving to New York, she worked in Chicago with the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Andrea also works at Westside Dance Physical Therapy where her patients include dancers with New York City Ballet.

Phoebe Higgins, Pilates Instructor

Phoebe returned to SAB as Pilates instructor in 2000, having been a student in the Children's Division for five years. Beginning in 1976, she studied Pilates from Romana Kryzanowska, a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates. In 1989, Phoebe co-founded Power Pilates, which now has studios and teacher-training programs across the country.

Heidi Skolnik, Nutritionist

Heidi is the School's nutritionist, on site every other Thursday for individual consultations with students. She also programs the Health & Nutrition bulletin board and develops special nutrition education events. In addition to her work with SAB, Heidi is the nutritionist for the Women's Sports Medicine Center. She is a contributing editor for Self and Men's Health magazines where her monthly column "Ask the Weight Loss Coach" can been found. Additionally, Heidi is the on-air contributor to ESPN2's "Cold Pizza". Heidi has Master's Degrees in both Human Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Nicole Marcus, School Psychologist

Dr. Nicole Marcus is a Licensed Psychologist who meets with SAB students on an individual basis for counseling issues and conducts periodic group workshops. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, within a specialized track for adolescent issues. Nicole also maintains a full-time private practice for adolescents and adults on the Upper West Side. She is a graduate of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Joan Lantz, Nurse

Joan maintains office hours two days each week and is available to both resident and day students. She also works full time for Columbia University Health Service. Joan is a CPR instructor and coordinates the travel medicine program at Columbia.