The NYCB was founded in 1948 by George Balanchine, the result of four different troupes coming together as one. Dancers first train at the School of American Ballet, which was specifically created by Balanchine. The City Ballet was the first in America to have two permanent venues, which are still in use today–the Lincoln Center and Saratoga Springs. Each winter and spring, the company performs as many as 60 ballets. The company has turned out many esteemed dancers, including Peter Martins and Suzanne Ferrell. Balanchine was one of the most important members of the company; he is noted as the founding choreographer where is style of dance flourished until his death, influencing companies in America and Europe. The company draws in thousands of viewers each season and is seen as one of the most influential companies of its time.