Awarded: April 2000
(b. Aug. 16, 1945)
Suzanne Farrell began her career with the New York City Ballet in 1961, advancing to soloist in 1963 and to principal dancer from 1965-1969. After an absence of several years, Farrell rejoined New York City Ballet in 1975 and was a principal dancer until her retirement in 1989. An elegant and graceful performer, she is associated with much of the repertoire of the New York City Ballet, especially the works of the late choreographer, George Balanchine, who created many of his dances for her. Since her retirement, Farrell has produced Balanchine ballets for the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad and has been a member of the faculty of the School of American Ballet in New York.