10 Facts About New York City Ballet


New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein.

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City Ballet grew out of earlier troupes: the Producing Company of the School of American Ballet, 1934; the American Ballet, 1935, and Ballet Caravan, 1936, which merged into American Ballet Caravan, 1941; and directly from the Ballet Society, 1946.

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New York City Ballet created works that were the basis of the company's repertory until his death in 1983.

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New York City Ballet worked closely with choreographer Jerome Robbins, who resumed his connection with the company in 1969 after having produced works for Broadway.

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City Ballet has performed The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and many more.

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City Ballet has trained and developed many great dancers since its formation.

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New York City Ballet's programs included twenty-two new works of his own dances, plus works by choreographers Todd Bolender, John Clifford, Lorca Massine, Jerome Robbins, Richard Tanner, and John Taras, as well as repertory ballets by Balanchine and Robbins.

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In 1982, Balanchine organized a centennial celebration in honor of his long-time collaborator Igor Stravinsky, during which the City Ballet performed twenty-five ballets set to the composer's music.

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The program started with Igor Stravinsky's Fanfare for a New York City Ballet Theater, followed by Stravinsky's arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner.

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New York City Ballet presented ballets by George Balanchine and Robbins.

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