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

Foundation Gifts

Foundations committed to nurturing talented young people and sustaining the vibrancy of America’s cultural life provide gifts and grants that support the School of American Ballet’s distinguished artistic programs.

Some 40 foundations make annual grants to the School. In addition to essential general operating support, many foundations choose to direct their contributions to specific projects, described below.

  • Scholarship Program, providing financial aid to nearly half of SAB’s student body to ensure that all talented students are able to study at the School.
  • Minority Scholarship Program, providing financial aid to students of color.
  • Boys Program, providing tuition-free ballet training for boys aged 6 to 14 to increase the number of well-trained American male ballet dancers.
  • Academic Education Scholarships, providing subsidies for teenaged students’ academic studies at local high schools.
  • Community Auditions, recruiting talented beginning students from under-served New York City neighborhoods every spring.
  • Toe Shoe Fund, subsidizing the high cost of toe shoes for the School's female students.
  • Weight Training Program, helping intermediate and advanced men increase strength and prevent injury during partnering.
  • Wellness Program, helping keep young dancers physically fit and healthy with physical therapy, Pilates training, and nutrition counseling.
  • Student Residence Life Program, providing a wide range of programs and services to support the personal and professional growth of the School’s boarding students.

For more information about foundation grants, please contact Kristen Barrett, Director of Development, at 212-769-6615 or kbarrett@sab.org.