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NYCB back to 2 weeks in Saratoga in 2015

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center made the following announcement today:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center and New York City Ballet

Announce Two-Week Season in 2015

Saratoga Springs, NY The Board of Directors of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has announced that New York City Ballet's annual summer season at SPAC will return to two weeks in 2015. One of the world's foremost ballet companies, NYCB has had a residency at SPAC since the venue's opening season in 1966. Officials from both organizations expressed pride in the historic partnership and enthusiasm for a longer season.

"New York City Ballet has been a treasured presence on our stage every summer since SPAC's opening in 1966," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "The partnership has given rise to an extraordinary dance tradition here in the Capital Region and enriched the lives of countless people who were first introduced to New York City Ballet here at SPAC. Against this backdrop, we are proud and excited to share the news that the company's 2015 season will expand to two weeks."

White noted that the expenses associated with the residency mean that fundraising and community support will remain key factors going forward. Yet, efficiencies implemented over the past two years have put both organizations in a stronger position.

"My gratitude goes out to New York City Ballet's Executive Director Katherine Brown and the Company's Board of Directors for working with us towards this goal," said White. "Just as George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein envisioned, the impact of this five-decade partnership has been profound for both of our organizations and the audiences we serve. As we move ever closer to our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2016, the magnitude of their achievements stands out along with a realization that what they started all those years ago needs our continuing support today."

In commenting on the agreement Brown said, "as the only dance company in the world with a permanent summer home, the New York City Ballet is extraordinarily proud of its long relationship with SPAC, and we are very grateful to Marcia White and the SPAC leadership for their commitment to this residency and for making it possible for NYCB to return to a longer season in 2015."

White extended special thanks to NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins for championing the Saratoga residency, and for upholding the Company's artistic standards. She noted that his efforts have given SPAC audiences a "front row seat to unparalleled excellence."

"The New York City Ballet treasures its historic partnership with SPAC, and we are thrilled to restore our residency to two weeks for the 2015 season," said Martins. "The Company has spent nearly 50 years at SPAC, building a loyal audience in the Capital Region, and we are very grateful for their support."

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