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Celebrating 90 Years of the School of American Ballet

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A moderated discussion with early SAB students featuring stories, demonstrations, and insight into Balanchine’s training.

Who were the famous Russian teachers of the School of American Ballet (SAB) and what were their classes like? In this moderated discussion, we feature stories and memories from early SAB students, including Kay Mazzo, Barbara Walczak, and Nancy Reynolds, live demonstrations of classroom work, and some insight into how Balanchine utilized and built off this Russian training in his choreography and style as he changed the face of 20-century ballet.

Photo Credit: School of American Ballet class with Pierre Vladimiroff, Arthur Mitchell (left). 1950 – 1959. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

SEATING POLICY | Programs are free and open to all, but registration is requested. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to our patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of our front-of-house staff.

STANDBY LINE | If registration is sold out or has ended, do not fret! We welcome you to come to the Library regardless of registration status and wait in our standby line, which forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Five minutes before the program starts, all remaining seats are released. While this is not guaranteed, we will do our best to get you into any of our programs.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING AND ASL | ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

BRUNO WALTER POLICY | Please note that any unoccupied seat will be released five minutes before the show begins and holding seats for anyone beyond that is prohibited. There is no food or drink allowed inside the venue.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs may be photographed and recorded by and at the discretion of the Library for the Performing Arts and will post signs indicating as such. If you would prefer your image not be captured, please let us know and we can seat you accordingly. Attending any program indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries to Alex Teplitzky at Please note that all recording, including professional video recordings, are prohibited without expressed consent from the Library.

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