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

History

January 1934

The School of American Ballet opens at 637 Madison Avenue, New York City, with an enrollment of 32 pupils on January 2, 1934.

The School’s early faculty includes Russian ballet great Pierre Vladimiroff, American ballet pioneer Dorothie Littlefield, and Muriel Stuart, who had trained and danced with the legendary Anna Pavlova.

Kirstein writes: “The School of American Ballet has been founded for one purpose only: To provide dancers as well trained as any other technician, whether it be surgeon, architect, or musician.”