George Balanchine

The first-ever hall of fame honoring performing artists and advocates will open at Lincoln Center in New York City next month. Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame will recognize those who have contributed to the Center’s 60-year legacy. The first annual group of six inductees includes Broadway producer Harold Prince and Tony Award–winner Audra McDonald. They will be honored at a ceremony in June.

Jerome Robbins

A separate group of inductees, the Founding Legends, will also be featured to pay homage to those who made a historical impact. The group of 30 inductees includes choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, New York City Ballet co-founder Lincoln Kirstein and NYCB artistic director Peter Martins.

David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, will serve as permanent residence for the hall of fame in 2021 after renovations are complete. Until then, smaller exhibits will be on display at Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

Peter Martins

Photos (from top): by Tanaquil LeClercq, by Frederic Ohringer, by Paul Kolnik, by George Platt Lynes, courtesy of New York City Ballet (4)

Lincoln Kirstein

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Presenting a young Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp and '70s NFL icon Lynn Swann in Tharp's Dance is a Man's Sport, Too. (And thanks to our sister publication Dance Magazine for sharing it!) Swann is known for taking ballet classes to improve his vertical jump and agility on the field. In this clip, he shows off his leaping prowess against Martins, who of course went on to direct New York City Ballet. Who has the better ups?

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight at 8, with a promising lineup of contestants, including athletes, singers and even Bill Nye the Science Guy! Swann's former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, plays at 8:40.

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