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Nikolaj Hübbe in <i>Apollo</i>

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.

Cast and Company


  • Nikolaj Hübbe in <i>Apollo</i>
  • Wendy Whelan and Nilas Martins in <i>Concerto Barocco</i>
  • Wendy Whelan and Philip Neal in <i>Diamonds</i> from <i>Jewels</i>
  • Maria Kowroski and Damian Woetzel in <i>Prodigal Son</i>
  • Maria Kowroski and Damian Woetzel in <i>Prodigal Son</i>
  • Maria Kowroski in <i>Rubies</i> from <i>Jewels</i>
  • <i>Serenade</i>
  • Jennie Somogyi and Philip Neal in <i>Symphony in C</i>
  • Wendy Whelan and Charles Askegard in <i>Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2</i>
  • Wendy Whelan and Robert Tewsley in <i>Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2</i>
  • New York City Ballet: Balanchine's <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>