Summer Course Overview
The path to the future often begins with the Summer Course of the School of American Ballet, where students follow in the footsteps of countless professional dancers who have made SAB an essential destination on their way to joining America's top ballet companies.
Only at the School of American Ballet are there so many teachers whose careers are intertwined with the legacy of renowned choreographer, teacher and ballet master George Balanchine. Led by Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo, the distinguished summer faculty includes many alumni and current members of the world-famous New York City Ballet, who share their knowledge and experience. Students learn to dance as never before—bigger, bolder, faster and with a heightened sense of musicality.
Peter Martins, Chairman of Faculty at SAB and Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet, observes every student in class. Mr. Martins and the faculty carefully assess each summer student's interest and technical accomplishment. As a result, a select group of talented students will be invited to enroll in the upcoming Winter Term. Many students attend two or three SAB summers before they're ready for the Winter Term. Approximately half of the current advanced winter students first attended at least one Summer Course.
The School has a self-contained campus featuring five spacious studios, residence hall, student café, physical therapy room, lounges, and library, all under one roof with 24-hour security. The neighborhood is one of the best—alive with cultural amenities, movie theaters, bookstores, and unique shops and restaurants.
Enriching activities surround SAB's summer curriculum of ballet and ballet-related courses, giving students opportunities to see the highest standards of dance, exhibited at performances by the New York City Ballet and other major companies, and that give them a well-rounded view of New York City itself with visits to historic landmarks, museums, ball games and Broadway shows, among other activities.