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Established in 1987 by its founding artistic director Timothy M. Draper, the Rochester City Ballet (RCB) is the region’s only professional ballet company and has developed a reputation for its excellence, versatility, and singular repertoire, which includes award-winning contemporary ballets and masterworks. David Palmer, most recently Associate Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet joined RCB as Artistic Director in 2015. 

RCB is committed to enriching the quality of life in the greater Rochester community. In May 2015, RCB was the first dance company in NY State, and one of the first in the U.S. to offer a Sensory-Friendly performance for children on the Autism Spectrum.  The first Sensory-Friendly performance was Peter and the Wolf, followed by The Ugly Duckling in 2016 and Green Eggs and Ham in 2017, which incorporated ASL into the choreography for the hearing impaired. With these annual performances, RCB continues to work on its long-term goal of inspiring the Rochester community to create and adapt performances for underserved populations in our community so that more people experience live dance, music, and theater.

Performed in collaboration with the RPO each year, RCB’s The Nutcracker reaches out into the local amateur dance community to involve the participation of 175 children directly into the entire rehearsal and performance cycle with our professional company. For most children, this is the experience of a lifetime, inspiring many to continue their study of dance and some to pursue the art of dance professionally. 

RCB is proud to be generating the cultural capital that helps make our community a vibrant and lively place to live, work and play.