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Ballet in New York City
New York City Ballet (NYCB)
Founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein. The NYCB has two permanent venues: Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, NY. The School of American Ballet (SAB)
is the company's training school. The New York Choreographic Institute
, founded in 2000 as an affiliate with the NYCB, "cultivates the next generation of choreographers who will evolve classical ballet for the 21st century."
Modern Dance in New York City
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT)
The New York City Center’s principal dance company. "The mission of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is to further the pioneering vision of the choreographer, dancer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey by building an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and education, and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages, and backgrounds." March 1958: first performance of Alvin Ailey and a group of young, black modern dancers. In 1962, Ailey changed his all-black dance company into a multi-racial group.
Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG)
Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic, director, and choreographer Mark Morris
Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
"An international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artists that aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance as embodied practice, creative endeavor, and intellectual discipline."