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New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet (NYCB) was established in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. Balanchine was the founder choreographer along with Jerome Robbins. Kirstein was a writer and an impressionist. Léon Barzin was the music director.
NYCB was a result of the Producing Company of the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet, and the Ballet Caravan dance troupes from 1934, 1935, and 1936.
The three troupes merged to form American Ballet Caravan in 1941. Balanchine and Kirstein also founded the Ballet Society, a non-profit educational institution, in 1946.
It was renamed New York City Ballet in 1948 when the headquarters was shifted to New York State Theater.
The ballet company has the largest repertoire of ballets compared to other companies in the US. NYCB stages 60 ballets and more in each winter and spring season and 20 ballet shows during the summer season. Many noteworthy ballet dancers have trained at New York City Ballet company.
The company performs four seasons a year. The fall, winter, and spring seasons are at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.
The summer season shows are at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, along with international tours to other countries. The most famous Balanchine Nutcracker is performed in the winter season, during November and December.
NYCB also has other shows, workshops, and events like Family Saturdays, Children's Workshops, In Motion Workshops, and Ballet Essentials. The shows range from an hour to 75 minutes and are facilitated by the dancers.
Extensions of New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet also has City Ballet's Choreographic Institute with three programs. It was founded in 2000 by Irene Diamond and Peter Martins.
The institute offers fellowships and annual awards to support the ballet community and encourage emerging ballet dancers from different backgrounds.
NCYB Orchestra is a 66-member team that plays music for all the shows performed by the dancers from the company. It has earned the name of the most versatile and talented team among the orchestras.
It tours with the dancers internationally for important events. The New York City Ballet Orchestra renamed the orchestra pit Stravinsky Orchestra Pit after receiving a handsome donation from an anonymous donor.
All Balanchine, The Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, etc., are some of the famous ballet shows by the company. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® continues to be an all-time favorite.