The best dance performances and dance events in NYC

Critics’ picks: Dance

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2014

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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Dance in pictures

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater [slide show]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its female dancers—including Linda Celeste Sims—as part of its December season at New York City Center. 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo [slide show]

The glorious all-male company performs its comic renditions of classical ballets and more. 

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet [slide show]

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, which emphasizes dramatic interpretation, offers its opulent version of The Nutcracker.

Tere O'Connor [slide show]

The choreographer presents encore performances of BLEED, the culminating work of a two-year project during which he created three other dances and collapsed them into one. 

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New York's best: Dance

Joyce Theater

  • Price band: 1/4

The intimate space, once a cinema, is a fine setting for dance.

  1. 175 Eighth Ave, (at 19th St)
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Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This gorgeous, high-ceilinged sanctuary for downtown dance is at its most sublime when the music is live.

  1. 131 E 10th St, (at Second Ave)
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The Kitchen

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Best known as an avant-garde theater space, the Kitchen also offers experimental dance by inventive, often provocative artists.

  1. 512 W 19th St, (between Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
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New York City Center

  • Price band: 2/4

Before Lincoln Center changed the cultural geography of New York, this was the home of the New York City Ballet (originally known as the Ballet Society).

  1. 131 W 55th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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