The joyful students from the School of American Ballet’s (SAB) Workshop Performance celebrated 51 years on June 2 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. The annual Workshop Performances are SAB's only public performances and as in the past, one forgets that they are students. The school boasts more than 800 students who've learned more than 102 ballets. Notable SAB alumni include Merrill Ashley, Peter Boal, Maria Kowroski, Lourdes Lopez, Sara Mearns, Benjamin Millepied, Ethan Stiefel, and Wendy Whelan. This year’s Workshop Performance included Balanchine’s Harlequinade (staged by Dena Abergel and Arch Higgings), August Bournonville's William Tell (Pas de Deux) (staged by Darci Kistler), ABT's artistic director Peter Martins after Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty (Wedding Pas de Deux) (staged by Yvonne Borree adn Jonathan Stafford), Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie (staged by Suki Schorer), Balanchine's Stars and Stripes and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare. Kudos to the entire cast, they are indeed stars on the rise.
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