Celebrate SAB’s 90th Anniversary

On January 2, 1934, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein first opened the School of American Ballet’s doors on Madison Avenue in New York City. All year long we will be celebrating SAB’s 90th Anniversary and the impact the School has had on ballet in America.

Balanchine and Kirstein set out to “provide dancers as well-trained as any other technician, whether it be a surgeon, architect, or musician.” Since then, more than 17,000 aspiring young dancers have graced our halls, forever changing the world of ballet and beyond.

As we celebrate our history and look to our future, we remain committed to enriching the lives of all our students—ensuring they have access to the resources they need to thrive—and continuing to train the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and so much more. Our lasting impact is a testament to the unwavering support of our community. We encourage you to discover ways you can join the celebration this year through events, seminars, special content series and more. Check back here for updates about special anniversary happenings throughout the year.

Learn about our history

Over the past 90 years, the School of American Ballet has contributed immeasurably to the artistic life of America: giving birth to an internationally acclaimed ballet company, shaping generations of finely trained dancers, and establishing an American style of classical ballet that stands alongside the French and Russian classical traditions. Learn more about the School’s history and influence below.

Our History

Support the future of ballet

In our 90th Anniversary year, help us raise $90,000 to honor SAB’s legacy, inspire new generations, and develop the ballet dancers of the future.


Connect with us at year-round events

2023 Workshop Performances, Photo Credit: Rosalie O’Connor

In addition to our regular programming, SAB is excited to host special anniversary events throughout the year. Join the year-long celebration and stay tuned for more on our events page.



Recap our 90th Anniversary Ball

SAB 90th Anniversary Ball, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Photo: Erin Baiano

Take a look back at coverage from our dazzling 90th Anniversary Ball last month.

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