New York Latin Ballet is presented by some of the world’s leading ballet companies including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a modern dance company that performs at the level of the world’s best ballet companies.
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New York Latin Ballet Features
Tue-Sun, January 17 – February 26, 2023
DAVID H KOCH THEATER
Saturday, February 4, 2023
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New York Latin Ballet News
The Hong Kong Ballet dances Septime Webre’s “Romeo + Juliet”; at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan; Friday-Saturday, January 13-14, 2023. The Shakespeare classic is set in 1960s Hong Kong with kung fu instead of swordplay. Being a universal story, it works everywhere. People are people. From $45. 🇭🇰
The New York City Ballet Winter 2023 Season brings new Peck, the mystical “Firebird,” and a classically grand “The Sleeping Beauty” to the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, Tuesday-Sunday, January 17 – February 26, 2023.
Natalia Osipova Force of Nature, one of the world’s top ballerinas of her generation, dances a night of classic solos and duets from the ballet repertoire and a new contemporary ballet piece “Ashes” by her and Jason Kittleberger; at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan; on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 8pm. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian Relief Effort. From $55. 🇷🇺🇺🇦
Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs “Woke” (2019), and “Love Rocks” (2020) to Lenny Kravitz; at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York (next to White Plains); on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 8pm. From $14. 🇺🇸 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
Dance Theatre of Harlem presents New York premieres by William Forsythe and Tiffany Rea-Fisher, George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” and works by Resident Choreographer Robert Garland at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan, Wednesday-Sunday, April 19-23, 2023. From $35. 🌍🇺🇸🇧🇷🇨🇺🇭🇹
World Ballet Day 2022 is a streaming behind-the scenes look at a day in the life of a ballet company including American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, and many leading global ballet companies on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 🇺🇸 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇨 🇵🇷 🇿🇦 🇪🇸
NYC’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet dances diverse and forward-looking contemporary ballet at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea, NYC, for two weeks, Tuesday-Sunday, November 22 – December 4, 2022. From $20. 🇺🇸 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
New York City Ballet “George Balanchine, The Nutcracker” (1954) opens at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8pm. Ends Saturday, December 31, 2022. From $110.
World Ballet Day is Saturday, Oct 1, 2022.
The American Ballet Theatre 2022 Fall Season brings the World Premiere of Rudd’s “Lifted” with an All-Black cast, plus Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” Ashton’s “The Dream,” Ratmansky’s “The Seasons,” Jessica Lang’s “Children’s Songs Dance,” and Kylián’s “Sinfonietta,” with African American, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, Filipino and Spanish dancers to the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, October 20-30, 2022. From $40. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇺🇵🇭🇪🇸🇺🇸
The New York City Ballet Fall 2022 Season features Balanchine, Robbins, Ratmansky, Peck, and premieres by Reisen and Abraham at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, September 20 – October 16, 2022. From $38. 🇧🇷🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇸
The American Ballet Theatre Summer Season is at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, Jun 13 – Jul 16. 🇦🇷
Ballet Nepantla “Valentina” is a Contemporary Ballet about the strength and resilience of women in Revolutionary Mexico, at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side, on Fri, May 27 at 8:30pm. From $20. 🇲🇽
Queer the Ballet, an Adriana Pierce project (New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet) focused on queer women and non-binary dancers, is at Chelsea Factory, Tue-Wed, Apr 5-6 at 7:30pm. $45. 🏳️🌈
Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1st City Center Dance Festival starts with a Gala Performance that includes the NY premieres of “Higher Ground” and an extended “Balamouk” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at New York City Center in Midtown, Tue, Apr 5 at 7pm and regular performances Fri-Sun, Apr 8-10. From $35. 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
The Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) NYC semi-finals are at Symphony Space, Feb 13-15. yagp.org The finals are in Tampa, Florida this year on Wed, Apr 13.
The New York City Ballet Spring 2022 Season at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, is Tue-Sun, April 19 to May 29, 2022. 🇧🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇵🇷🇪🇸
The City Center Dance Festival is at New York City Center, Mar 24 – Apr 10.
The New York City Ballet Winter 2022 Season at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, is Tue-Sun, Jan 18 – Feb 27. 🇧🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇵🇷🇪🇸
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Nightcrawlers brings all-male Classical Ballet to The Joyce in Chelsea for three weeks Dec 14, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022. From $26. 🏳️🌈
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New York Latin Ballet Dancers
- Misty Copeland, an American Ballet Theatre Principal, is America’s most famous ballet dancer since Baryshnikov. She isn’t Latin, but her artistry, courage, and determination broke the mold for all of us. @mistyonpointe 🇺🇸
- Roman Mejia New York City Ballet Soloist. @roman.julian.mejia 🇺🇸
- Sebastian Villarini-Velez New York City Ballet Soloist. @the_vinyl_seb 🇵🇷
New York Latin Ballet Festivals
The YAGP, Youth America Grand Prix is our favorite ballet festival.
Ballet royalty comes from around the world.
The entire audience knows the repertoire and are not shy about shouting out for their favorite dancers.
About New York Latin Ballet
Ballet was originally the classical music dance.
Ballet is a Latin dance. It’s an Italian court dance, developed in France, preserved in Russia and Denmark after the French Revolution (1789-99), relaunched to the Americas by Ballets Russes of Paris (1909-29), and launched in New York City by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein in 1934.
Argentina, Brazil and Cuba have world-class ballet traditions. For dancers across Latin America, training and performing in Cuba is a jumping off point to an NYC dance career.
Ballet is an Italian court dance, developed in France, preserved in Russia and Denmark, and popularized across the Americas by Ballet Russes out of Paris.
George Balanchine is the father of ballet in the United States.
Ballet is a fifteenth-century Italian court dance brought to France by Italian Queen of France and later Queen Mother Catherine de’ Medici (from the Italian banking family of Florence).
She doesn’t deserve any respect because to stay in power, she set her own people to fight each other.
In France, ballet developed in the royal court of King Louis XIV. The “Sun King” loved to party.
The dance almost died when the French Revolution ended the royal court in 1789. It was preserved in the Russian and Danish royal courts.
Ballet Russes Rebirth and Modernization
In the modern era, ballet was popularized across the Americas by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-1929) out of Paris, France.
Ballets Russes established the ballet tradition of collaborating with great visual artists of the time. Its American heir, New York City Ballet, continues the tradition.
A Ballets Russes dancer became one of ballet’s most important choreographers. George Balanchine (1904-1983) was a link from ballet’s past to its future. He was trained in Imperial Ballet technique in St Petersburg. That’s old school.
With his choreography “Apollo” (1929), Balanchine transformed classical ballet, with its grand sets, costumes, and stories into neoclassical ballet with minimal staging and less or no story.
His trend towards minimalist abstraction put the focus on the movement and the dancers, including the men.
Balanchine came to New York City to found a ballet school because he didn’t think Americans danced very well.
He founded the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet.
“Mr. B” brought lessons from his work on Broadway and in Hollywood into the ballet, and continued his neoclassical development. That led to Balanchine’s black & white leotard ballets that are pure dance without story, staging or costume.
He also developed the leadership of Dance Theater of Harlem. Washington Ballet and Miami City Ballet are also Balanchine technique.
Balanchine and America’s first prima ballerina Maria Tallchief (Native American Osage Nation) transformed “The Nutcracker” from an obscure choreography into the world’s most popular ballet. Nutcracker performances now support ballet companies all year long.
Ballet training starts early and is expensive, so it’s long been a sport for rich kids. We tend to lack the technique that years of training produces. Balanchine loved the skinny waif body type. Many Latins have, shall we say “derrière,” and we used to regularly be told that we don’t have the right bodies for ballet. That’s nonsense.
Lourdes Lopez at New York City Ballet and Misty Copeland at American Ballet Theatre broke the mold. So did Carlos Acosta, Julio Bocca and Arthur Mitchell. We dance with the best. Don’t let anybody tell you that ballet isn’t for Latins.
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