New York City Ballet
In 1934, Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine started their historic partnership
by opening the School of American Ballet. Kirstein was a rich young Bostonian,
while Balanchine was a young, acclaimed choreographer from the Georgian region
of Russia. At the School, Balanchine trained dancers in an innovative style and
technique that matched his idea of a new, unmannered classicism. The two then
started and ran several short-lived ballet companies, before founding Ballet Society
in 1946, which became New York City Ballet (NYCB) two years later.
The Company, which was based at City Center, quickly became known for its linear
purity, sharpness of attack, and overall speed and musicality.