New York City Ballet

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The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. It was the first ballet group in the United States to have two permanent venue engagements: one at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater on 63rd Street in Manhattan, and another at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs.

City Ballet, as it is known, was under Balanchine's direction the first (and arguably still the only) world-class American ballet company and still has the largest repertoire by far of any American ballet company, often staging 60 ballets or more in its winter and spring seasons at Lincoln Center each year and 20 or more ballets in its summer season in Saratoga Springs.

The New York City Ballet has employed many great performers since its formation, including Edward Villela, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent, Tanaquil LeClerq, Darci Kistler, Peter Martins and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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