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Suzanne Farrell

Published April 15, 2015

Suzanne Farrell
School of Dance
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Suzanne Farrell is a world-renowned ballerina and one of George Balanchine’s most celebrated muses. Besides her career with the New York City Ballet, Ms. Farrell performed with the company of Maurice Béjart. She is a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, directs her own acclaimed company, Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Her various roles change—from dancer to dance company founder, from coach to professor—but her dedication remains steady, with feet firmly in the dance.

“Ballerina 0f The Century” as featured on

“Encore of a Dance Diva” as featured in “Research in Review”

Education and Training

  • New York City Ballet, 1975 to 1989
  • Maurice Nejart Ballet, 1970 to 1974
  • New York City Ballet, 1961 to 1969
  • School of American Ballet, 1960 to 1961
  • Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 1953 to 1959


  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Award – NYC, 2009
  • John F. Kennedy Center Honors Award, 2005
  • National Medal of the Arts, 2003
  • Library of Congress Living Legend Award, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, 3rd Street Music School Settlement-NYC, 1997
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree, Middleburg College, 1992
  • Honorary Degree, Univerisity of Cincinnati, 1990
  • Honorary Degree, Notre Dame, 1990
  • NYS Governor’s Arts Award, 1989
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree, Yale University, 1988
  • Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, 1987
  • Honorary Degree, Fordham University, 1984
  • Honorary Degree, Georgetown University, 1984
  • Brandeis University Award for Creative Arts, 1980
  • The New York City Award of Honor for Arts and Culture, 1980
  • Dance Magazine Award, 1976
  • Award for Merit, Mademoiselle Magazine and the University of Cincinnati, 1965

Teaching Areas

  • Krafft Professor of Dance. GFS
  • Suzanne Farrell Young Dancers Workshop
  • Ballet I (DAA 3208)
  • Ballet II (DAA 3209)
  • Ballet III (DAA 4210)
  • Graduate Ballet (DAA 5218)
  • Special Topics in Dance (DAN4935)