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Seeing Ballet and Dance in New York City

Enjoy a world-class performance while you visit New York City


Whether you like something traditional or brand-new, New York City's dance offerings are sure to please. We've put together a helpful guide to Dance and Ballet in New York City covering major dance companies and dance venues around New York City, from the New York City Ballet and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Ballet and the Joyce Theater. Of course, the New York City ballet is the most famous, but did you know that NYC is home to a number of different dance companies? New York City also has many venues that host visiting dance companies from around the world.

1. The New York City Ballet

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at NYCB
Paul Kolnik
New York's eponymous ballet company, the New York City Ballet calls the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center home, and performs during the summer at its other home: the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The New York City Ballet performs both classic and modern ballets. If you've got a ballet-loving kid in your family, the NYCB allows children five and over to attend performances.

2. American Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1940, American Ballet Theatre tours the U.S. performing for more than 600,000 people each year. The American Ballet Theatre performs a diverse repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera House each year. The repertoire includes both classic and contemporary ballets, and they also have an array of offerings geared toward children and families.

3. The Brooklyn Ballet

Brooklyn Ballet
Photo by Julie Lemberger
Founded in 2002, the Brooklyn Ballet creates and performs contemporary ballets that reflect the multicultural nature of Brooklyn. Performances take place in downtown Brooklyn, which is easily accessible by subway.

4. The Joyce Theater

Founded in 1982, The Joyce Theater is located in Chelsea and hosts an array of dance performances from traditional to never before tried. Housed in a renovated art-deco movie house, the theater seats 472, and the programming ranges from The Joyce Theater offers special family matinee programming for children 6-14.

5. New York City Center

The New York City Center hosts Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre performances, as well as the annual Fall For Dance Festival. The calendar often features a variety of other dance performances, as well as some musical theater productions.

6. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Founded in 1891, BAM is America's oldest performing arts center, and they host a variety of dance performances and events in their Fort Greene, Brooklyn location, including the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance Africa.

7. David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center hosts a number of dance performances, including The New York City Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and The Australian Ballet.

8. Julliard Dance Performances

Julliard dance students offer select ticketed performances for the public, as well as some stand-by only productions.

9. Dance at Symphony Space

Located on the Upper West Side, Symphony Space offers a range of dance programming at reasonable prices, including touring groups from around the world and a choreographer's showcase and festival.

10. New York Live Arts

Founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts features dance and movement-based performances at their 184-seat Bessie Schonberg Theater in Chelsea.

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