NYPL Virtual Exhibit – SAB Faculty

Last fall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Jerome Robbins Dance Division created an exhibit highlighting our distinguished historic faculty along the studio walls at the School. The exhibit included reproductions of archival prints showcasing some of SAB’s most esteemed teachers including Antonina Tumkovsky, Stanley Williams and George Balanchine himself. This was the second collaboration of its kind with the New York Public Library.  The first such installation at SAB opened in the spring of 2019 and focused on the history of the School’s Workshop Performances.  Students, parents and visitors could peruse these exhibits at their leisure while at the School and hopefully walk away with a greater understanding of the School’s rich history and a sense of pride to be a part of SAB’s legacy.

The Faculty of the School of American Ballet installation along the hallway at SAB.

Unfortunately, with the School’s sudden closure in March due to Covid-19 and ongoing restricted access to our facility, the faculty exhibit did not have the extended visibility that it would have had in a normal year.  However, thanks to our continued partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a vast majority of this exhibit is now available to view virtually on our web site through June 2021. We are so pleased to be able to share this exhibit digitally with an even broader audience. Please join us in exploring the influential legacy of some of SAB’s most revered and cherished teachers through archival materials from the collections of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Happy Browsing!

One of the images featured in the virtual exhibit: Faculty of the The School of American Ballet/ Felia Doubrovska demonstrating for School of American Ballet students / 1958/ Photo by Martha Swope / © The New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division New York Public Library for the Performing Arts