American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. ARB's dancers are known for their versatility and powerful artistry. The professional company, formed in 1978, is now under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin. Mr. Martin is a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and has been with American Repertory Ballet since 1993 as a dancer, teacher and ballet master. The company’s rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig.
ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
American Repertory Ballet's Mission
is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences through public performances displaying ballets from the 19th and 20th Century alongside works by contemporary artists in the field.
Since its founding as the Princeton Regional Ballet Company, the Company has fulfilled this mission by:
Performing at major venues throughout New Jersey and beyond for approximately 30,000 patrons annually
Performing a Nutcracker each holiday season since 1963
Presenting diverse masterworks by renowned choreographers such as Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, and Twyla Tharp
Commissioning new works by cutting edge artists such as Amy Seiwert, Kirk Peterson, and Melissa Barak
Being recognized by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other major foundations and leaders in the field as a prominent force in the field of dance