2012 Workshop Performance of Cortège Hongrois, Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, Photo by Paul Kolnik
Rehearsals for and performances of classic and contemporary ballets presented in a workshop setting are an important part of advanced training at the School. These annual performances develop discipline, musicality, endurance, choreographic memory and stage presence as students prepare for professional life. Ballets presented range from those by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, usually taken from the repertory of the New York City Ballet, to classics by Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, and Michel Fokine.
Existing works are taught by faculty members and New York City Ballet dancers whose backgrounds lend authority to their stagings and give students valuable experience in various historical styles. Original ballets from established and promising new choreographers are occasionally premiered at SAB's Spring Workshop. In the recent past, Christopher Wheeldon, Melissa Barak and Damian Woetzel have choreographed ballets for Workshop. These occasions provide students the unique opportunity of participating in the creation of a new work. Workshop ballets are rehearsed starting in mid to late-winter. The performances, which are fully-staged with costumes, sets and orchestra, are presented to the public each June at Lincoln Center's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.