The New York City Ballet was the dream of Lincoln Kirstein. In 1933, he got George Balanchine to come to America to help start the school. However, they went through many struggles before they company was created. The school’s first performance was rescheduled because it rained, and their first tour was ended prematurely because of a problem with the manager and exchequer. During World War II, their efforts to create a company were put on hold while Kirstein served in the army, and Balanchine went to work at Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a choreographer. After the war, the two formed Ballet Society, and presented their plans for their company to the New York City Center for Music and Drama. The finance committee chairman was impressed with one of the performances he saw, and suggested to Kirstein that he transform that performance into a New York City Ballet. Inspired by the chairman’s confidence, Kirstein promised him that within three years, he would give New York City the finest ballet company in America. With 90 dancers, the company is the largest dance organization in America today.