One of the world's foremost dance companies, New York City Ballet is a cultural phenomenon with an unparalleled repertory of modern masterpieces. Founded in 1948 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, the Company quickly stood out for its athletic, contemporary style, and original ballets that forever changed the face of classical dance. Now under the direction of Peter Martins, NYCB continues its legacy of passion and excellence as it nurtures a new generation of dancers and choreographers. New York City Ballet is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. Proceeds from this sale will help support NYCB's tradition of excellence.