Ballet Connoisseurship

SAB’s Ballet Connoisseurship is an educational offering for adults providing seasoned ballet goers, patrons, students, scholars, and newcomers alike with knowledge and perspectives that will enhance their appreciation of ballet. Ballet Connoisseurship was launched in January 2019 as part of the “SAB Open” division and features seminars exploring ballet history, technique, and choreographic masters.

Registration is now closed for the 2021 Summer Season. Stay tuned for On-Demand streaming of past sessions available in September.

Conversations on Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon ​in conversation with Craig Hall

Photos top to bottom: Paul Kolnik (After the Rain), Erin Baiano (Wheeldon) and Rosalie O’Connor (Hall)

Rescheduled date: August 24, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Christopher Wheeldon in conversation with Craig Hall
Online seminar for $25
(This event was rescheduled from July 28; please note this seminar takes place on a Tuesday rather than our usual Wednesday schedule.)

English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, in conversation with New York City Ballet master Craig Hall, will speak about his international choreographic career which has brought him, similarly to Mr. Balanchine himself, from ballet to Broadway. Wheeldon began choreographing for New York City Ballet in 1997, while still dancing with the Company. In 2000, he retired from dancing to focus more on his choreography. In addition to working closely with Wheeldon and performing his works as a member of New York City Ballet, Hall danced with Wheeldon’s company MORPHOSES/The Wheeldon Company. NYCB is set to perform Wheeldon’s work throughout the 2021-22 Season, the first of which are performances of the After the Rain Pas de Deux on Opening Night and Ask La Cour Farewell programs (September 21 and October 5, respectively). His latest Broadway production, MJ the Musical, will premiere in February 2022.

Justin Peck in conversation with Harrison Coll

Photos top to bottom: Paul Kolnik (In Creases) and Erin Baiano (Peck and Coll)

August 25, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Justin Peck in conversation with Harrison Coll
Online seminar for $25

Justin Peck will speak about his work as New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer, creating and setting work on other ballet companies, and choreographing for film. Peck identifies collaboration as an important part of his process; he will illuminate how working with other artists has shaped his work. New York City Ballet dancer Harrison Coll will also join the conversation, shedding light on what it’s like having danced a broad variety of Justin Peck works. Peck’s newest work for NYCB leads the 2021-22 Season’s New Combinations program, an annual tradition celebrating the anniversary of Founder George Balanchine’s birth date with the premiere of new choreography.

Lauren Lovette ​in conversation with Unity Phelan

Photos top to bottom: Paul Kolnik (The Shaded Line), Erin Baiano (Lovette and Phelan)

September 1, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Lauren Lovette in conversation with Unity Phelan
Online seminar for $25

Choreographer and New York City Ballet Principal dancer Lauren Lovette will speak about her choreographic career and inspirations and how she continually balances her work as choreographer and as dancer. NYCB soloist Unity Phelan will join the conversation. Phelan shares a strong creative relationship with Lovette, both as fellow dancer and as a dancer in her works. As Lovette says, “In one studio, you are the clay, and then in another studio, you are the sculptor.” Lovette has created three works for New York City Ballet, For Clara (2016), Not Our Fate (2017), and The Shaded Line (2019), and has also choreographed for the Vail Dance Festival and the American Ballet Theater Studio Company. While she will continue dancing and choreographing, Lovette will be retiring from New York City Ballet this Fall. Her Farewell performance is October 9, 2021.

Ballet Connoisseurship is made possible in part by a grant from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.