New York City is blessed with some of America’s leading ballet companies and dance theaters, and the Balanchine connection to European ballet where the dance began.
The City’s leading dance theaters include the David H. Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, New York City Center and The Joyce Theater. New York City Center brings productions from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the world’s top international dance theater. The Joyce Theater also produces. Both City Center and The Joyce have long worked to develop dance in Cuba.
New York’s leading ballet school’s are City Ballet’s School of American Ballet, and ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
The Youth America Grand Prix is an international ballet scholarship audition that brings thousands of young artists to dance in New York City. It’s our favorite ballet show because the audience knows the repertoire and is not shy about cheering on their favorites.
New York is the city that never stops dancing. The Joyce Theater produces a Ballet Festival in summer and a lot of dance moves out of the City. NYC Ballet produces summer programs upstate in Saratoga Springs. The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is in Becket, Massachusetts.
The godfather of all this is Mr. B, George Balanchine, the father of ballet in America and New York City Ballet’s founding choreographer. Balanchine trained in Russia’s Imperial Ballet School and was a dancer and choreographer for Ballets Russes (1909-1929), the Russian company that popularized ballet in the modern era.
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Ballet Companies in NYC
NYC’s legendary ballet companies include New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Each stands out in its own way.
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We mention Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) here even though it is a modern dance company. AAADT’s dancers, technique, choreography and productions are so strong that Ailey is part of NYC’s big three dance companies with NYC Ballet and ABT.
Ballet Schools in NYC
Ballet schools don’t just teach dance. They teach self-discipline, working together and a self-confidence that students carry with them throughout their lives.
Is Ballet Latin?
Like all things Latin, that depends on your own definition. Using the term “Latin” in reference to the Americas is a French construct that was adopted by South American politicians when France was the world leader, and then adopted by the United Nations in the 1950s.
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). 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 shut down the royal court in 1789, but was preserved in the Russian and Danish royal courts.
In the modern era, ballet was popularized by Ballets Russes (1909-1929) out of Paris. One of its choreographers, George Balanchine “Mr. B,” is the father of ballet in the United States, and the founding choreographer of New York City Ballet.
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. We’ve long been told that we don’t have the right bodies for ballet.
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.