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


The School of American Ballet's annual benefits help raise funds to ensure SAB continues the extraordinary training of classical ballet students. These events give SAB patrons the opportunity to enjoy special student performances and celebrate the School.

The Nutcracker Family Benefit - One of SAB’s most popular events and the School’s family benefit, The Nutcracker Family Benefit is a joint effort with New York City Ballet. This very special afternoon includes a matinee performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® followed by a festive holiday party on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater.

Winter Ball - SAB’s glamorous black-tie dinner dance featuring advanced division students performing a unique piece choreographed specifically for the Winter Ball. Another highlight of this event is the exciting after party, The Encore, hosted by SAB’s Young Patrons.

Workshop Performance Benefit - In June the School holds the much anticipated Workshop Performances. These performances are a sneak preview of the ballet world’s up and coming young stars. The Workshop Performance Benefit includes tickets to the weeknight Workshop Performance followed by dinner and dancing.