Chairman’s Circle members play an essential role in sustaining two of SAB’s core programs – Student Scholarships and Student Life Programs beyond the studio.
These key initiatives provide talented young people from New York City and across the country with the finest professional ballet training in the world.
Becoming a Chairman’s Circle member means joining a leadership group of like-minded individuals who celebrate the talent and artistry of our aspiring ballet students. Your appreciation of the excellence that defines a dancer’s training at our School makes you an exceptional partner for SAB.
Zita J. Ezpeleta, Chairman
Coco Kopelman, Co-Chair
George Vanderploeg, Co-Chair
Megan Fairchild, Artistic Co-Chair
Gonzalo Garcia, Artistic Co-Chair
Chairman’s Circle Benefits
With an annual gift of $10,000 or more, you can join SAB’s Chairman of the Board for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform talented students into world-class dancers and performers.
- Chairman’s Circle Dinner
Join SAB’s Board Chairman and distinguished Faculty for a private dinner with special artistic guests.
- Exclusive gatherings
Intimate receptions in private homes with SAB leadership, renowned experts, and masters of ballet and the arts such as Ethan Stiefel, Lauren Lovette, and Jonathan Stafford.
- Opportunity to fund special artistic programs
Provide lead support for specific programs and initiatives at the School.
- Workshop Preview and Dinner
Get a firsthand look at the process of creating SAB’s year-end performance showcase in an early studio viewing followed by an elegant dinner hosted by SAB’s Artistic and Executive Directors.
- Special access to see advanced students in action
Experience the thrill of discovering remarkable talents long before the rest of the world, mere feet away in class visits, master classes, and rehearsals.
- Student Choreography Workshop and The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Evening for Female Choreography
Students debut their original ballets in studio showings performed by their peers.
- Recognition of your generous support in the SAB Workshop Performance program
- Personalized updates
Stay in the know about SAB happenings throughout the year with advanced notice about public programs, professional placements, and other breaking news.
To learn more, please contact Michelle Palmour, Director of Individual Giving, at 212.769.6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairman’s Circle gifts of $10,000 and above are tax-deductible except for $350.
Please note that members may be unable to make their contribution via a Donor Advised Fund due to the fair market value of the benefits offered, unless the member wishes to waive the offered benefits.Join the Chairman’s Circle today
"The bright future of American ballet starts here at the School of American Ballet. One peek into our studios makes this instantly clear, because within you will see students of extreme talent from diverse backgrounds gloriously intent on inventing themselves as dancers. They are nurtured by superb teachers, supported by a key network of life and wellness programs, and linked as artists by a singular approach to technique and expression that is pure Balanchine. I am proud to help advance this vibrant legacy through my support of the Chairman’s Circle and hope that you will join me in ensuring that our students reach their true potential both in the studio and beyond."
- Zita J. Ezpeleta