2020 Winter Session

The following Units will run from January through May 2020. Each unit costs $600 and includes three 90-minute courses. Three units are available for a discounted price of $1600. You may combine any three units from the winter or fall 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 IV: Ballet and Music History

The History of Swan Lake
ay, January 8, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Dance historian and writer Lynn Garafola will speak about the history of this classic story ballet, from its Russian roots, to Alexandra Danilova's interpretation of Odette/Odile, to the versions and dancers we see on stage today. New York City Ballet will perform Swan Lake February 14-23.

Bournonville and His Influence on Balanchine
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Silas Farley, dancer with New York City Ballet and dance history scholar, will explore the work of August Bournonville and the Bournonville method, the ballet technique and training system devised by the Danish ballet master. Male students from SAB will demonstrate some of the principals of the technique and how they complement and inform the Balanchine aesthetic.

Balanchine and Stravinsky
Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Simon Morrison, a music historian specializing in 20th-century music with a special interest in dance, will speak about the unique, long artistic partnership between George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky. New York City Ballet will perform its Stravinsky & Balanchine program on January 21, 23, and 26, and on February 1 and 2.

Unit V: Master Choreographers and Works

Jerome Robbins: Dances at a Gathering and More
day, February 12, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, we will take a close look at this iconic ballet and other pieces from Robbins’ varied body of work. Speakers will include Kay Mazzo, Chairman of Faculty at SAB and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Before joining NYCB, Ms. Mazzo trained at the School of American Ballet and performed with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets U.S.A.

Justin Peck
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Justin Peck, Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor of New York City Ballet, will speak about his work for New York City Ballet and beyond. Peck identifies collaboration as an important part of his process; he will illuminate how working with other artists has shaped his work.  Mr. Peck is the Tony Award winning choreographer of the 2018 revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel on Broadway and choreographer of Steven Speilberg's forthcoming big screen remake of West Side Story

Christopher Wheeldon
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Jeff Edwards, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, former associate artistic director of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, and current professor at The Juilliard School, will speak about Christopher Wheeldon’s career and choreography.

Unit VI: Balanchine Black and White

George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments
ay, April 22, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Former principal dancer Merrill Ashley will speak about George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, including the work’s history, her experience dancing a principal role in the ballet, and the ideas and coaching Balanchine shared with his dancers in the studio. New York City Ballet will perform The Four Temperaments as part of its 2020 Spring Season.

Balanchine’s Black and White in the Studio
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Suki Schorer, Brown Foundation Senior Faculty Chair at SAB and former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will illuminate the technical aspects behind some of Balanchine’s iconic black and white ballets as advanced SAB students perform variations from Apollo, Concerto Barocco, and more. Ms. Schorer will also speak about her personal experiences performing the role of Calliope in Apollo.

George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco
Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
An in-depth look at Concerto Barocco, one of George Balanchine’s early ballets, which later became part of the Black and White canon. Guest speaker(s) TBA. New York City Ballet will perform Concerto Barocco as part of its 2020 Spring Season.

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