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Sylvie of the greatest ballerinas of all time!

Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather in "Diamonds" from Balanchine's "Jewels" Photo © Johan Persson / ROH.

Suzanne Farrell (born 08/16/45) is an eminent ballerina (often referred to as the greatest American lyric ballerina) and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was born Roberta Sue Ficker in Cincinnati and received her early training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 1960 she was selected to study at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet with a Ford Foundation scholarship in 1960 and joined the New York City Ballet in 1961.

Alina Cojocaru - she was supposed to be my inspiration according to my ballet teacher.

Suzanne Farrell and George Balanchine

Ballerina, (a personal fave,) Suzanne Farrell... with a pair of the most lyrical arms in the field!

Suzanne Farrell costumed for "Diamonds"--used to watch her on 'Sesame Street' and thought she was so beautiful.

George Balanchine practices with his student and dance prodigy, Susan Farrell.

Suzanne Farrell- Tzigane. My very favorite ballerina.

Gorgeous. That has to be so painful. Not just for the guy, but for the girl. That's a lot of pressure on her hip right there.

Suzanne Farrell, she has the most beautiful profile and I love her liquid eyeliner.