SAB Response Fund
The School of Ballet’s studios are open once again. Months after COVID-19 caused us to move our training online, our students have returned to the barres at our Lincoln Center home. Through a hybrid of in-person and online instruction, following new health and safety protocols, ballet is thriving at SAB.
SAB’s 87th Winter Term is underway, and all of us at the School are filled with joy at seeing our students back in our studios. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of SAB’s Board of Directors, faculty, pianists, and staff, who are working harder than ever to continue providing exceptional ballet training to our students.
To ensure that SAB was able to open as safely as possible, we reduced all class sizes and developed new health and safety policies following guidelines from the CDC, Department of Health, and Department of Education. These include social distancing of 12 feet within the studios, reduced occupancy, mask-wearing, temperature screenings, enhanced cleaning, closing protocols when illness is present, travel quarantines, and more.
These measures are necessary to protect our students and employees, and yet the impact on nearly every aspect of our operations has been profound. The training day has been significantly lengthened and with students now partaking in a rotating schedule of in-person and online instruction, SAB has expanded its weekly class schedule by 73%.
These additional classes are projected to cost nearly $1 million, even after implementing expense-saving measures in other areas. SAB needs your support.
Gifts to the SAB Response Fund have made it possible for us to welcome our students back to study the art form they love. Your donation today will ensure that we can continue to provide the training and scholarship support they need during the months ahead. Together, we can ensure that there is a bright future for our students and for ballet.