Swan Lake in performance at a 2012 Lecture-Demonstration. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

A small selection of students from SAB's Intermediate & Advanced divisions are asked each year to participate in a series of Lecture-Demonstration programs. Since 1972, SAB students have provided the full ensemble of dancers who perform in New York City Ballet Education Department's lecture-demonstrations which reach thousands of children in New York-area public schools each year. And beginning in 2009, SAB students have performed in "The Beauty of Ballet," the School's own lecture-demonstration program open to the public and presented at NYC neighborhood venues for family audiences.

The audiences for these programs receive an introduction to professional-level ballet and the ways in which talented young people train to become professional dancers, while performing SAB students gain stage experience and, sometimes, their first exposure to important choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Maurice Petipa. Recent Lecture-Demonstrations have included excerpts from such masterpieces as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Four Temperaments.

Participating students are coached by the NYCB Education Department's ballet mistress and SAB faculty member Katrina Killian and, on occasion, by additional NYCB ballet masters.

Read more about SAB’s participation in NYCB's Lecture-Dem program in SAB's newsletter