Suzanne Farrell has become widely referred to as the “greatest American lyric ballerina.” Farrell attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; she left in 1960, though, to train with George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet. She then joined the New York City Ballet one year later. Farrell is perhaps most famous for her lead role in Balanchine’s Don Quixote. Soon promoted to principal dancer, Farrell became very well known in the ballet world; Balanchine even fell in love with her, but she married another man instead. She continued to dance for Balanchine, though, until he died. She retired from performing when the arthritis she developed became too much for her body to bear. She created her own ballet company, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where it still remains today.