New York Theatre Ballet

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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.[citation needed] 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.

Ballet masters[edit]

The British ballet teacher Margaret Craske was ballet mistress for New York Theatre Ballet from its foundation until late in her life.[citation needed] Craske was succeeded by Sallie Wilson, a student of hers,[1] who was ballet mistress[2] until 2008.[citation needed] Wilson staged works by Antony Tudor for New York Theatre Ballet[3] and also choreographed her own pieces.

Project LIFT[edit]

New York Theatre Ballet runs LIFT, a community program to give underprivileged children the chance to learn to dance.[4][5][6][7] Steven Melendez is a former student and the current director of the project.[4][8]


In the summer of 2013 New York Theatre Ballet began a fight against eviction[9] 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.[10][11] The eviction has generated interest as far away as Serbia[12] however, they moved to a loft space in St. Mark's Church in early 2015.[13]


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  2. ^ Anderson, Jack. "The New York Times". Sallie Wilson, Dramatic Ballerina, Dies at 76. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014.  Archived February 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Dunning, Jennifer. "The New York Times". Rare Revival of Tudor’s Take on Young Love. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mallozzi, Vincent M. (June 26, 2009). "Small Steps, Big Dreams". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards" (PDF). Coming Up Taller Report 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Glynn, Eileen. "Dance Studio Life". How New York Theatre Ballet Helps Children Soar. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Lee, Felicia, R (September 5, 2013). "". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Projects Together". Manhattan Bride. Fall / Winter: 156. 2013. 
  9. ^ Escoda, Carla (September 11, 2013). "A Treasured New York Icon Fights to Survive: New York Theatre Ballet Evicted". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (September 5, 2013). "New York Theater Ballet Is Seeking New Home After Building Is Sold". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Schwab, Kristin. "Dance Magazine". Dance Matters: Finding Space for Dance. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "In Serbia, Independent News". A Tale Of Ballet In Two Cities. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Harss, Marina (2015-02-13). "New York Theater Ballet Moves Its Relevés Downtown". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 

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