The School of American Ballet Celebrating its 75th Anniversary


From left, Seth Orza, Sarah Ricard Orza, Karel Cruz and Chalnessa Eames in Jerome Robbins’s “Dances at a Gathering.”

New York, NY – “THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAN BALLET is on the same order as the Muscovite Imperial Ballet back in the days when the czar racket was a paying proposition.” So begins an unpublished 1933 draft for a news release for the School of American Ballet’s foundation recently found in its archives; the author, it is assumed, was Lincoln Kirstein. A later news release, dated Nov. 27, 1933, begins: “The School of the American Ballet under the direction of Georges Balanchine, maître de ballet for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the Monte Carlo Ballet and Les Ballets 1933, will inaugurate its first season early in December at 637 Madison Avenue. The purpose of the school is the development of a national ballet, corresponding to the famous Russian Ballet, but essentially American in character, enlisting the talents of American artists, dealing with typically American themes, creating an American tradition.”

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