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

History

1939 to 1946

Amidst efforts to establish a permanent performing company, Balanchine choreographs for Broadway and the silver screen, earning needed income while providing work for dancers trained at the School. Among his theater and film projects are On Your Toes, I Married an Angel and Goldwyn Follies. Balanchine also choreographs and stages works for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during this time, including The Night Shadow (now known as La Sonnambula).

In 1940, SAB initiates a formal scholarship program, and in 1941 a new Children's Divison begins to offer special classes for students aged 8 to 12.  Notable new students during this period include the youngsters Tanaquil LeClercq, Jacques d'Amboise and Edward Villella.