School of American Ballet

School of American Ballet

The School of American Ballet opened its doors to 32 students on January 2, 1934. In the decades since then, the nation's premier ballet academy has trained dancers for companies across the globe, including New York City Ballet for which SAB is the official school.

Invigorating the Vitality of American Ballet

School of American Ballet

Founded by legendary choreographer George Balanchine, the School of American Ballet (SAB) trains more students to become professional dancers than any other school in the country. Every year, approximately 600 students between the ages of 6 and 19 train during Winter Term, SAB's ten-month, core training program. An additional 400 students participate in SAB's three summer intensives. Each year, advanced SAB students are offered positions with ballet companies across the globe. Today, 96% of the New York City Ballet's roster is comprised of SAB alumni.

LEFT: Photo by Paul Kolnik. Scotch Symphony, Choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust.

Investing in the Dreams of Diverse Dancers
Central to SAB's work is its commitment to representing cultural and racial diversity, expanding access to its programs, and offering financial support to students. A longtime contributor to SAB, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten established the GRoW Fellowship in 2016 to support talented dancers of color from Los Angeles County who demonstrate financial need. The Fellowship offers scholarship support to underwrite the cost of tuition, room and board, and student services. 

BELOW: SAB Classroom Photography by Rosalie O'Connor.

GRoW Support

2019

General Operating Support

Operations – GRoW Fellowship (Kamala)

Production – The Nutcracker

2018

General Operating Support

Operations – GRoW Fellowship (Lou, Bridget, Grace & Destiny)

2017

General Operating Support

Operations – GRoW Fellowship (Mira Nadon)

2016

General Operating Support

Operations – GRoW Fellowship (Mira Nadon)

2015

General Operating Support

2014

Operations – Advisory Council Scholarship Fund

2013

Operations – Advisory Council Scholarship Fund

2012

Operations – Advisory Council Scholarship Fund

2011

Operations – Advisory Council Scholarship Fund

2010

Operations – Advisory Council Scholarship Fund