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Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director Peter Martins

Diversity & Inclusion

Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion was formed in 2015 to provide essential support and guidance for the School’s Diversity Initiative. The Committee is comprised of alumni of color with significant ties to the professional dance world who have been invited by SAB’s leadership to serve in this consultative role.

The focus of the work of the Committee includes, but is not limited to, national outreach, the building and strengthening of alumni networks, and diversity programming for current SAB students.


2015-2016 Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion


Aesha Ash, Founder of The Swan Dreams Project; Part-time Ballet Instructor/Coach and Pilates Instructor; former New York City Ballet corps member; former soloist with Bejart Ballet Lausanne and Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Debra Austin, Ballet Mistress, Carolina Ballet; former New York City Ballet corps member; former Zurich Ballet soloist, former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

Hinton Battle, Director, Choreographer, Producer and Tony Award Winner; former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem

Anthony Carr, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor (credits include Hairspray (film), Justin Bieber’s “My World” Tour, Missy Elliot Promo Tour); SAB Boys’ Program alumnus

Heidi Cruz-Austin, Co-Director, DanceSpora Dance Company; faculty at Muhlenberg College, Temple University and University of the Arts; former dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

Duane Cyrus, Associate Professor of Dance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Martha Graham Dance Company

Sandra Fortune-Green, Artistic Director, Jones-Haywood Dance School, Inc; former dancer with The Washington Ballet and the Capitol Ballet Company

Kiyon Gaines-Ross, Pacific Northwest Ballet School Faculty Member; PNB Next Step Choreography Program Coordinator; former Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist

Robyn Gardenhire, Founder and Artistic Director, City Ballet of Los Angeles; former dancer with Cleveland Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The White Oak Dance Project and Karol Armitage

Gladisa Guadalupe, Artistic Director, Cleveland Ballet; former principal dancer with Ballet de San Juan, Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, The Cleveland-San Jose Ballet and Cleveland Ballet

Craig Hall, Soloist, New York City Ballet

Gen Horiuchi, Executive and Artistic Director of Saint Louis Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal dancer

Jermel Johnson, Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet

Andrea Long-Naidu, Ballet Instructor, Dance Theatre of Harlem & CityDance Conservatory;  former principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem; former New York City Ballet corps member

Joseph Malbrough, Lecturer in Dance, Purchase College; former principal dancer with Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and L’Opera de Lausanne, Switzerland

Monique Meunier, Guest Teacher/ Repetiteur; former Ballet Master and Director of Trainee Program at The Washington Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal dancer

Arthur Mitchell, Founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem; former New York City Ballet principal dancer

Amar Ramasar, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; SAB Boys’ Program alumnus

Renee Robinson, Freelance Artist; former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancer

Henry Seth, Ballet Teacher and Coach at the Hartt School Community Division; professional freelance dancer; former New York City Ballet corps member

Margaret Severin-Hansen, Principal Dancer and Founding Member of Carolina Ballet; Assistant Director at the Triangle Academy of Cary, N.C.

Leyland Simmons, Ballet Instructor, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Harlem School of the Arts; Choreographer; former member of Ailey 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Eric Underwood, Soloist, The Royal Ballet; former soloist with Dance Theatre of Harlem; former dancer with American Ballet Theatre