The School of American Ballet marked its 85th anniversary on Monday night with a Winter Ball and the arrival of a new director.
Wes Gordon, Dyllón Burnside and Indre Rockefeller came out to toast SAB’s dancers as well as Jonathan Stafford, who two weeks ago was appointed artistic director for SAB as well as New York City Ballet. Stafford had been serving as the company’s interim director since early 2018, when his predecessor Peter Martins resigned amid allegations of misconduct. He will share his duties at City Ballet with fellow former dancer and newly minted associate artistic director Wendy Whelan, who was unable to attend Monday’s gala.
SAB, the official training school for the New York City Ballet, is now in the hands of a revitalized staff. Stafford has put inclusivity and diversity at the top of his objectives there, with the goal to produce “a company that represents the city we live in and love so much,” he said.
SAB faculty chairman and former NYCB dancer Kay Mazzo with new company artistic director Jonathan Stafford.
“I’ve been front and center for the work we’ve done in the company over the last year and a half. We hired an outside consultant to come in