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New York City Center is NYC’s original performing arts center

New York City Center was NYC’s original performing arts center before Lincoln Center. It was founded by legendary New York mayor Fiorella La Guardia in 1922 to make culture available to all New Yorkers.

Today New York City Center is one of NYC’s premiere theaters for dance and Broadway musical theater revivals. It’s the home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Manhattan Theatre Club.

New York City Center’s mission is to bring world-class culture to all New Yorkers. It really does that. All seats to the Fall for Dance Festival are $15. Needless to say, they sell out. Fall for Dance and the Flamenco Festival are pillars of New York City’s dance season.

New York City Center has a main stage and two smaller theaters. The main theater is a 2,257 seat historic theater.


New York City Center 2017 – 2018 Season

Manhattan Theatre Club’s romantic comedy The Portuguese Kid starring Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) on MTC Stage I begins previews on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and opens on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

The 2017 Fall for Dance Festival is October 2 – 14, 2017.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents their fall 2017 season November 29 – December 31, 2017.

The 2018 Flamenco Festival is March 2 – 12, 2018.

Dance Theatre of Harlem presents its spring season April 4, 6, & 7, 2018.

The ¡Adelante, Cuba! Festival includes:

  • Cuban contemporary ballet company Acosta Danza is on the Mainstage, April 25 – 27, 2018.
  • A Night with Arturo O’Farrill and Friends on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

New York City Center 2016 – 2017 Season

New York City’s performing arts season begins with the Fall for Dance Festival September 26 – October 8, 2016.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents their Fall Season at New York City Center. November 30 – December 31, 2016.

The Flamenco Festival in March is one of the highlights of New York City’s dance season. March 9-12, 2017.

Spanish choreographer Blanca Li “Goddesses & Demonesses” is Thursday-Saturday, March 30 – April 1, 2017.


Visit New York City Center

New York City Center
131 West 55th Street (between Sixth & Seventh Ave)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1212

(N) (Q) (R) (W) to 57th St
(B) (D) or (E) to 7th Ave

For more information visit www.NYCityCenter.org

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