Recognized as one of the premier dance companies in the world, American Ballet Theatre brings the highest quality dance and dancers to audiences across the globe. Celebrating its role as America’s National Ballet Company®, ABT tours nationally and internationally, performing for more than 400,000 people annually. Since its founding in 1940, ABT developed a repertoire under the direction of Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith that honored the past while encouraging the development of the art form through the creation of new works. Classics from the 19th century such as Swan Lake, Giselle,and The Sleeping Beauty live side by side with seminal works of the early 20th century such asApollo, Les Sylphides, Jardin aux Lilas, and Rodeo, as well as such contemporary masterpieces asPush Comes to Shove and Airs. ABT has commissioned works by the great choreographic geniuses of the 20th century: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, and Twyla Tharp, among others.