Ballet in New York City

Ballet is an Italian court dance developed in France, preserved in Russia and Denmark, and popularized around the world out of Paris

Fall for Dance Festival

October 1-13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Four world-class companies / choreographers / dancers a night for just $15 is the best deal in dance at New York City Center

NYC Ballet Fall 2019 Season

September 17 – Oct 13, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ New leadership, Lovette and Liang premieres, a centennial tribute to modern dance legend Merce Cunningham, and Brazilian Soloist Jovani Furlan at the David H. Koch Theater

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2019 Season ~ Herman Cornejo 20 Years!

October 16-27, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ In a season of masters, jazz, romantics and families; Principal Herman Cornejo (Argentina) celebrates his 20th Anniversary with ABT on a starry, starry night at the David H. Koch Theater


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Ballet is Latin

Due to its long gestation and association with elites, ballet has become the science and pinnacle of dance.

It began as an Italian court dance in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Originally ballet was part of the opera.

When Italian noblewoman Catherine de Medici became Queen of France (1547-59 and regent 1560-63), she brought ballet with her. She was creative. Staging a ballet with the best artists of the day was an expression of the great woman’s creativity.

The Sun King Louis XIV of France (1638-1715) loved women and loved to dress up and party. He loved the ballet. His founding of the Académie Royale de Danse in 1661 established standards for the dance. The Académie d’Opéra, which he founded n 1669, later became the Paris Opera of which the Paris Opera Ballet was a part.

The French Revolution of 1789-99 ended the French royal court. Ballet thrived in the royal courts of Russia and Denmark. It survived in France, but in a much reduced form.

French ballet dancer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) was Ballet Master and choreographer of the Russian Imperial Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet) from 1871-1903. The fifty ballets he created and his revivals have become the classical ballet repertory. His own work includes Don Quixote (1869), La Bayadère (1877), Sleeping Beauty (1890), The Nutcracker (1892), and Harlequinade (1900). Petipa also staged revivals of Le Corsaire, Giselle, Coppélia, Swan Lake and others. Most modern stagings of these classical ballets are based on Petipa’s choreography.

Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-29) danced its first season in Paris and then toured Europe and the Americas. This popularized ballet around the world. Ballets Russes was known for collaborations with the leading artists of the day.

George Balanchine of the Imperial School of Ballet defected from the Soviet Union to France in 1924. He joined Ballets Russes as a choreographer. There he produced the first versions of his legendary neoclassical ballet Apollo. In his neoclassical ballet, we get the evolution from classical ballet form with its stories, staging and costumes, to an abstract form of pure dance.

In 1934, Balanchine came to the U.S. and opened the School of American Ballet which evolved into the school of New York City Ballet. In the U.S. Balanchine was influenced by American jazz. You can really see that in Jewels (1967), the first full-length abstract ballet. The first part of the ballet is set in classical France, the second is set in jazzy America, and the final part is set in classical Russia.

What is now American Ballet Theatre was founded in New York in 1939. It is more focused on the classical repertoire.

Jewish-American dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins joined Ballet Theatre in 1940. He loved Black culture and worked on Broadway. The musical On the Town (1944) was his first big Broadway production. In 1949, Robbins joined New York City Ballet.

New York City is the crossroads of the world. Here we get the synthesis of classical French ballet, American jazz and other Black culture, Broadway and film into the contemporary ballet of today.

Ballet is a European art form and was traditionally danced by Europeans. But something else important has been happening in the ballet world.

Afro-Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta became a Royal Ballet Principal dancer from 1998 to 2015.  He was the first Black Romeo and achieved many milestones for a dancer with an African heritage.

African-American dancer Misty Copeland joined American Ballet Theatre in 1999. She became the first African-American Soloist at American Ballet Theatre in 2007, and was promoted to Principal in 2015. With none of the advantages that most ballet dancers have, Copeland completely broke the mold. Today, Misty Copeland is the most famous ballet dancer in the United States.

Ballet is a classical art form that began blending with other cultures in the twentieth century and continues to grow beyond its European roots. Today ballet, the science of dance, is for everyone.


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Previous Ballet NYC

Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ is the first full-length abstract ballet

September 17-21, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ NYC Ballet opens its 2019-20 season with the first full-length abstract ballet. Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds were never so lovely at the David H. Koch Theater.

David H. Koch Theater

LINCOLN CENTER, dance theater ~ NYC’s big dance theater is the home of the New York City Ballet

Battery Dance Festival 2019 is New York’s most stunning stage

Sun-Fri, August 11-16, 2019
BATTERY PARK CITY ~ This international dance festival is bringing Argentine, French and Mexican dance companies to Robert F. Wagner Park. FREE

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

ABT Harlequinade

LINCOLN CENTER | Mon-Sat, May 13-20, 2019 | French ballet dance theatre | Ratmansky’s staging stars Stella Abrera, Alexandre Hammoudi and Carlos Gonzalez

YAGP 2019 Youth America Grand Prix at the David H. Koch Theater

LINCOLN CENTER; Wed-Sat, Apr 17-20, 2019; Ballet dance audition ~ The best ballet shows in NYC are the Finals, Gala Performance & International Dance School Festival

Ballet Nepantla ‘Valentina’ NY premiere at the 14th St Y

EAST VILLAGE; Wed-Sun, Apr 10-14, 2019; Contemporary ballet Mexican style ~ ‘Valentina’ is a collection of stories that speak to the strength and resilience of women during the Mexican Revolution

Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th at New York City Center

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN; Wed, Fri-Sat, Apr 10, 12 & 13; African-American classical ballet ~ One of New York City’s great ballet companies honors its founder who we lost last year

Ballet Nepantla ‘Valentina’ Gala at 26 Bridge

DUMBO, BROOKLYN, Fri, Mar 22, 2019, Mexican contemporary ballet gala fundraiser ~ Support this young dance company who explores being “nepantla” (in-between) with grace and beauty

Ballet Nepantla ‘Sin Fronteras’ at Queens Theatre

FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, QUEENS, Sat, Mar 2, 2019, Mexican contemporary ballet dance theatre ~ What New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine did with the folkloric dances of his native Russia, Ballet Nepantla is doing with the folkloric dances of Mexico

‘Sleeping Beauty’ NYC Ballet at the David H Koch Theater

LINCOLN CENTER, Tue-Sun, Feb 13-17 & 19-24, 2019, French ballet dance theatre ~ One of NYC Ballet’s most elaborate productions with over 100 dancers.

NYC Ballet dances neoclassical ballet masterpieces at Lincoln Center

LINCOLN CENTER, Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2019 ~ Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpieces “Apollo,” “Orpheus” and “Agon” set to Stravinsky. Russian-French ballet dance theatre.

Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director (Interview)

NEW YORK CITY; Dec 3, 2018; Cuban ballet leader ~ Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director, former New York City Ballet Principal, talks about being a Cuban immigrant, family, opportunity, dancing for Balanchine and Robbins, the future of ballet and who we really are

NYC Ballet Nutcracker 2018 at Lincoln Center

LINCOLN CENTER, Tue-Sun, Nov 23 – Dec 20, 2018 ~ NYC Ballet’s Balanchine Nutcracker is a real sugar plum.
# ballet christmas holiday show

Metropolitan Opera House

LINCOLN CENTER ~ Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre

World Ballet Day 2018

FACEBOOK, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 ~ Go live behind the scenes with the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet and Australian Ballet

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN ~ Mon-Sat, October 1-13, 2018 ~ $15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances. Sells out every year!

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
June 5 – August 11, 2018
FREE

New York City Ballet ‘Balanchine Black & White’ (Spring 2018)

‘Concerto Barocco,’ ‘Agon’ and ‘The Four Temperaments’
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
APRIL – JUNE
END OF THE SEASON
Sunday, June 3, 2018

ABT’s Spring 2018 ‘Firebird / AFTERITE’ stars Ferri, Copeland & Cornejo

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Alessandra Ferri (Italian), Misty Copeland (African-American) & Herman Cornejo (Argentine)
Friday – Saturday
May 25 – 26, 2018

New York City Ballet ’21st Century Choreographers’ (Spring 2018)

Ballets by Peter Walker, Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck.
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
APRIL – MAY
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dance Parade 2018

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE | Sat, May 19, 2018 | African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more

American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 ‘Giselle’ stars Bolle, Cornejo and Abrera

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday – Saturday
May 14 – 19, 2018

New York City Ballet ‘All Balanchine’ (Spring 2018)

‘Apollo,’ ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin,’ ‘Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux,’ & ‘Symphony in Three Movements.’
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
APRIL
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Carlos Acosta Danza ‘Debut’ legendary Cuban Ballet at NY City Center

The Royal Ballet legend is debuting his new Cuban contemporary ballet company.
New York City Center
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesday – Friday
April 25 – 27, 2018

Youth America Grand Prix 2018

DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, Wed-Thu, April 18-19, 2018 ~ The world’s ballet scholarship finals and gala performance are nothing, but electric

Dance Theatre of Harlem Black Classical Ballet at New York City Center

Amazing African – American, Brazilian & Puerto Rican dancers.
New York City Center
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesday – Saturday
April 4, 6, 7, 2018

Tulsa Ballet returns to the Joyce with Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

‘Untitled’ world premiere by resident choreographer Ma Cong, ‘Shibuya Blues’ by Colombian-Belgian dance maker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and ‘Meðal’ (Among) by Helen Pickett.
Tuesday – Saturday
March 6 – 10, 2018

New York City Ballet ‘Stravinsky & Balanchine’ (Winter 2018)

‘Le Baiser de la Fée,’ ‘Agon,’ ‘Duo Concertant,’ & ‘Symphony in Three Movements.’
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
February – March
Saturday – Sunday
March 3 – 4, 2018

New York City Ballet ‘Here / Now’ (Winter 2018)

Contemporary ballets by international choreographers Millepied, Blanc, Peck, and Ratmansky.
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Friday, March 2, 2018

NYC Ballet’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the David H. Koch Theater

LINCOLN CENTER, Tue-Sun, Feb 13-23, 2018, French ballet dance theater. ~ Peter Martins choreography of the classic ballet.

New York City Ballet New Combinations (Winter 2018)

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Sunday, February 11, 2018

New York City Ballet ‘Classic NYCB’ (Winter 2018)

Balanchine’s ‘Square Dance,’ Bigonzetti’s ‘Oltremare’ & Robbins’ ‘Four Seasons’
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Saturday, February 10, 2018

New York City Ballet All Balanchine No. 1 (Winter 2018)

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Saturday, February 10, 2018

New York City Ballet 21st Century Choreographers (Winter 2018)

Schumacher, Reisen, Preljocaj, & Peck
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Sunday, February 4, 2018

New York City Ballet All Balanchine No. 2 (Winter 2018)

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
January 24 – February 3, 2018

‘The Red Shoes’ is a contemporary ballet about vanity

New York City Center
Mainstage
131 West 55th St
between Sixth & Seventh Ave
Midtown, Manhattan
Thursday, October 26 – November 5, 2017

‘The Paris Opera (L’Opéra)’ backstage with the world’s best opera ballet

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Francesca Beale Theater
Thursday, October 19, 2017
EXTENDED AGAIN
Thursday, November 16, 2017

World Ballet Day 2017 behind the scenes with great ballet companies

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada & San Francisco Ballet

Swan Lake New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
September 19 – October 1, 2017

New York City Ballet Fall 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
September 19 – October 15, 2017

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
October 18 – 29, 2017

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, July 3-8
Misty Copeland & Herman Cornejo
Friday, July 7, 2017

New York City Ballet Spring 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday-Sunday
May 23-28, 2017

Julio Bocca interview

DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, Fri, April 14,2017 ~ The Youth America Grand Prix tributes the Argentine legend, the Baryshnikov of Latin America

Blanca Li and Maria Alexandrova “Goddesses & Demonesses”

New York City Center
Midtown
Thursday-Saturday
March 30 – April 1, 2017

Dance on Camera Festival 2017

The world’s longest-running dance film festival screens Cuban, Brazilian, and Venezuelan filmmakers at Film Society of Lincoln Center Feb 3-7, 2017

New York City Ballet Winter 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday-Sunday
January 17 – February 26, 2017

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2016 season

Latin artists Roberto Bolle, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Alexandre Hammoudi, & Luciana Paris perform at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, Oct 19-30, 2016

New York City Ballet Fall 2016

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday-Sunday
September 20 – October 16, 2016

ABT’s Herman Cornejo & Luciana Paris on being Latin Ballet Dancers

ARGENTINE CONSULATE, MIDTOWN, November 10, 2015 ~ Herman Cornejo & Luciana Paris talk about their careers, working with Julio Bocca, and dancing for American Ballet Theatre