New York Theatre Ballet
New York Theatre Ballet or NYTB was founded in 1978 by Diana Byer, who became its artistic director. Dedicated to the principles of the Cecchetti-Diaghilev tradition, the company both reprises classic masterworks and produces original ballets.
New York Theatre Ballet has performed works by choreographers including Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Michel Fokine, John Taras, Antony Tudor and Richard Alston. The company tours its family and adult programs both nationally and abroad, and has become the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States.
The British ballet teacher Margaret Craske was ballet mistress for New York Theatre Ballet from its foundation until late in her life. Craske was succeeded by Sallie Wilson, a student of hers, who was ballet mistress until 2008. Wilson staged works by Antony Tudor for New York Theatre Ballet and also choreographed her own pieces.
New York Theatre Ballet runs LIFT, a community program to give underprivileged children the chance to learn to dance. Steven Melendez is a former student and the current director of the project.
In the summer of 2013 New York Theatre Ballet began a fight against eviction from its home of over 30 years in the historic Parish House of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan after the building was sold to a private developer. The eviction has generated interest as far away as Serbia however, they moved to a loft space in St. Mark's Church in early 2015.
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