The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.
SAB, located at New York City's Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB's former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.
Silas Farley is one of a select group of SAB advanced students who was recently chosen by Peter Martins to begin their professional dance careers as apprentices at New York City Ballet. Silas, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been dancing since the age of 7, is an avid dancemaker who has been choreographing since childhood. A student at SAB since age 14, he has further expanded his choreographic skills through his enthusiastic participation in SAB's annual Student Choreography Workshop; and in the summer of 2012 he was tapped by Peter Martins to choreograph at the Summer Session of the New York Choreographic Institute. Silas was a recipient of SAB's 2012 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and graduated from New York's Professional Children's School with the Jeffrey Lawrence Award for Excellence in all Subjects. Now 18, he was profiled last October in Vogue.
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