New York City Ballet Chronology

Balanchine choreographs Serenade on
students who first perform it with the
Company of the School of American
Ballet, formed in June 1934.

New York City Ballet possesses a rich and distinguished heritage. The Company's repertory, largely created by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, redefines classical dance giving the language of ballet an inflection both thoroughly American and wholly modern. The dedication to continually test and extend the boundaries of ballet has earned New York City Ballet the reputation as one of the greatest creative engines of the past century. If audiences could turn back the clock, they would be startled to see how markedly ballet technique has changed. The difference is the realization of Balanchine's daring vision, which conceived a way of dancing that was without precedent in its speed, attack and technical challenge. Many individuals, organizations and moments have contributed to this continually unfolding legacy and are documented in the New York City Ballet Chronology.

Click the links below to view our Company Chronology by decade or scroll down for the complete chronology.

Pre-NYCB     1948 - 1959     1960 - 1969     1970 - 1979     1980 - 1989     1990 - 1999     2000 - 2009