Foundation Gifts

Pivotal support for SAB’s students and programs

Foundation gifts enable SAB to provide world-class ballet training and launch new initiatives that impact our students and the field of ballet.


SAB’s work to train 1,000 ballet dancers each year would not be possible without foundation support. The School is deeply grateful to our 25+ foundation donors whose gifts and grants allow us to:

  • Provide scholarships, for nearly half of SAB’s student body who rely on financial aid to help with the costs of tuition, housing, pointe shoes, and supplies in order to train at the School.
  • Develop and implement important new initiatives, which in recent years have included the Diversity Initiative to increase the presence of dancers of color in ballet, a Female Choreography Project to develop more female voices in a male-dominated field, and a Professional Placement Program to enhance guidance and services for SAB’s auditioning students.
  • Sustain critical programs for student recruitment and development, such as free Community Outreach performances and auditions across New York City that draw diverse populations to SAB, a Boys Program that encourages boys to try ballet by making introductory levels tuition-free, and a Cultural Program that provides arts education for SAB students and families through trips to performances and museums.
  • Fund ongoing activities and operations that comprise SAB’s preeminent ballet training experience, from studio instruction led by an incomparable faculty to holistic support and youth development services to superb facilities at Lincoln Center.

Student Choreography presentation

All photos on this page by Rosalie O’Connor

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