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


Enriching activities outside classes are always a part of SAB's summer program. Following are some of the events the students enjoyed, and places they went, in their free time during recent Summer Courses.


Students visit the Bronx Zoo
Top of the rock


  • Day trip to Saratoga Springs, the summer home of New York City Ballet
  • Performances by American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center
  • Broadway shows and performances which recently included Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, Aladdin, Mamma Mia and more.

Recreation and Sight Seeing

  • Two trips to Freed of London U.S. headquarters in New York City for private fittings, consultations and shopping
  • A visit to Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock observation deck
  • Visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History
  • A visit to New York City's historic South Street Seaport and ride aboard "The Shark" in NY Harbor
  • Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Day trip to Six Flag's Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ
  • An outing to AMC Lowes Lincoln Square
  • A visit to the Bronx Zoo
  • A visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • A scenic Circle Line Cruise in New York Harbor

Activities at the School or in the Residence Hall

  • Q&A and autograph session with NYCB Principal dancer
  • "Color Wars" competition
  • Ice cream social
  • Make your own cereal
  • Residence Hall suite door decorating contest
  • Spa Night
  • Create a memory book
  • Movie nights
  • Cookie decorating
  • Arts & Crafts nights, including jewelry and keychain making
  • Door decorating
  • Postcards home
  • July 4th crafts
  • Old School night
  • End of Summer party + dance

There is a mandatory $150 activity fee for the Summer Course. While some activities are covered in this fee, there are additional costs for some outings.  Students may sign up and pay for a pre-planned package of activities at the same time that enrollment forms are completed in the spring prior to the Summer Course.

All group outings are chaperoned by Student Life staff members. Private buses chartered by SAB are used for all group activities requiring transportation to destinations both in and out of Manhattan.