I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Farrell-Suzanne2Suzanne Farrell (born August 16, 1945) is a 20th century 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 as 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; she started there in 1960 and joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1961.