2019 Fall Session

The following Units will run from September through December 2019. Each unit costs $600 and includes three 90-minute sessions. Three units are available for a discounted price of $1600. You may combine any three units from the fall or winter session. SAB Members at the Inner Circle level and higher receive a 10% discount with an emailed code. 

View upcoming units, meeting times, topic and speaker information below. All patrons will be notified of additional information as it becomes available. 

For questions about this program, please contact Alexis Branagan: 212-769-6612 or abranagan@sab.org.



Unit I: Ballet and the Visual Arts

Kirstein’s “Live Eye”
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
James Steichen, music scholar and author of Balanchine and Kirstein’s American Enterprise, and Samantha Friedman, curator of the recent Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss Lincoln Kirstein’s arts patronage, favorite artists, affiliation with MoMA, and his path to partnering with George Balanchine to establish the School of American Ballet and what would eventually become New York City Ballet.

The Ballets Russes Aesthetic
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Olivier Bernier, art historian and lecturer, will illuminate the influence of the Ballets Russes on art, fashion, and society. Tickets to Mr. Bernier's hugely popular lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been selling out since 1982. He has also lectured across the country to museums and women’s clubs.

Ballet Photography: Perspectives from Behind the Lens
Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Professional dance photographer Erin Baiano will speak about her work behind the lens. SAB students will join her in the studio to provide an intimate look at the efforts behind capturing the beauty of movement in a still shot. Erin Baiano is an SAB alumna. She danced professionally with American Ballet Theatre for six years. After retiring from dance she was mentored by culture photographer Paul Kolnik and studied photojournalism at the International Center of Photography.

Unit II: Ballet in the 21st Century

Ballet in Film
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Kurt Froman, SAB alumnus, former New York City Ballet dancer and ballet coach for movie and television stars, will explore dance in film and its representation in major 21st century motion pictures. He will speak about coaching Natalie Portman for the 2010 film Black Swan and Jennifer Lawrence for the 2018 film Red Sparrow, staging the movement for their dance doubles, and more.

The Future of Ballet: Spotlight on SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop
Course I: Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Course II: Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

SAB’s Choreography Workshop gives students the opportunity to choreograph their own work under the guidance of School of American Ballet faculty. In these courses, you will hear from students and their mentors about their inspirations and processes. You will also see their new creations performed live in SAB’s studios. The October 30 course will be hosted by choreographers and New York City Ballet dancers Emily Kikta and Peter Walker, alumni of the SAB Choreography workshop.

Unit III: Ballet and Americana

Ballet 101: Training a Balanchine Dancer
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Kay Mazzo, SAB Chairman of Faculty, and Katrina Killian, SAB's Mae L. Wien Faculty Chair and Children's Division Manager, will present a comprehensive look at the training at SAB, from very young students through advanced levels. This course will also take a look at the sophisticated children’s choreography in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, with insights provided by NYCB’s Children’s Ballet Master Dena Abergel and Associate Children's Ballet Master Arch Higgins.

Ballet and Broadway
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild will speak about her experiences performing on Broadway in On the Town and explore how the Balanchine aesthetic and New York City Ballet repertoire lends itself to this transition between ballet and Broadway. Topics of discussion will also include Jerome Robbins' Broadway-inspired works for New York City Ballet, include Fancy Free and Opus Jazz.

George Balanchine's Representations of Americana in Ballet
Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

A look at how Balanchine’s love of Americana is represented by some of his most iconic works. Topics of discussion will include Who Cares? and Stars and Stripes. Guest speaker(s) TBA.

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