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George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein formed New York City Ballet with the goal of producing and performing a new ballet repertory that would reimagine the principles of classical dance.

The Company remains dedicated to their vision as it pursues two primary objectives:

  • to preserve the ballets, dance aesthetic, and standards of excellence created and established by its founders; and
  • to develop new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, and speaks to the time in which it is made.

This mission is accompanied by a commitment to expand the Company's audience and make ballet accessible to the widest possible public through touring, education programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts.