Suzanne Farrell, CCM Prep ’50s, HonDoc ’90
Suzanne Farrell earned accolades as one of the 20th century’s most important dancers during her 27-year career with the New York City Ballet. In 1960, she began studying at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet under a Ford Foundation scholarship. In '61, she joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB), where she was promoted to principal dancer four years later, and Balanchine created many roles for her.
She retired from performing in 1989, an unusually long time for a ballet career. For the next 10 years, she worked with ballets in Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Moscow (the Bolshoi Ballet) before founding the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She received a National Medal of Arts and a Kennedy Center Honor.