Lincoln Center Festival
Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art
The best dance shows in NYC this week
New York is one of the greatest cities in the world for dance, and there’s something to suit every taste
Check out our photos of contemporary performance Exodus at Alvin Ailey
Hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris premieres his new work at Alvin Ailey Dance Company
The best events at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center
Every night a different expert coaches us in the basics of salsa, disco or the Lindy Hop
See the spectacle that is David Byrne’s Contemporary Color
David Byrne assembled color guard teams for this epic spectacular accompanied by live performances by St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs and more
Critics’ picks: Dance
Get ready for the much-loved DanceBrazil to return to the Joyce: Company members (and artistic director Jelon Vieira) are masters of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, and the group's sexy, exhilarating choreography tends to knock audiences out.
Midsummer Night Swing
Lincoln Center's social-dance series returns for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa (Conjunto Sabrosura plays July 7), disco, tango, Hawaiian swing (Kahulanui plays July 3) and rock & roll. Is your Lindy Hop a little rusty? Each evening begins with an open-level lesson (6:30–7:15pm); the live music starts at 7:30 and typically continues until 10pm.
American Ballet Theatre 2015
American Ballet Theatre returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for its 75th-anniversary season.
National Ballet of China
Prepare for a summer in China. Lincoln Center Festival hosts the National Ballet of China, formed in 1959 and led by Feng Ying, in The Peony Pavilion (July 8–10) and The Red Detachment of Women (July 11, 12). Choreographed by Fei Bo in 2008, Peony Pavilion melds ballet with traditional Chinese opera and folk dance to tell a love story about a young woman who dreams of meeting a scholar. In The Red Detachment of Women (1964), with choreography by Li Chenxiang, Jiang Zuhui and Wang Xixian, a farmer's daughter joins the revolution as a soldier.
Top dance stories
Rashaun Mitchell goes the distance in his new dance
The choreographer and former Merce Cunningham dancer unveils Light Years at New York Live Arts
Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray invades the Park Avenue Armory with his flex crew
In FLEXN, a celebration of spectacular street-dance form, Reggie Gray teams up with director Peter Sellars
Eran Bugge weighs in on the new season of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance
Paul Taylor calls her “my bug.” For the rest of us, Eran Bugge is a strong, sumptuous dancer who has transformed from an ingenue into a performer of radiant depth during her time as a member of Taylor’s company.
Sterling Hyltin talks about PLATFORM 2015
The New York City Ballet principal heads to Danspace Project for a collaboration with Jodi Melnick
Dressing-room playlist: Marika Anderson
Marika Anderson, member of the corps de ballet, shares her most inspirational songs
Dressing-Room Playlist: Duane Gosa
Duane Gosa, a member of the stupendous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo since 2013, shares his playlist for the company's December season. See him in tutu splendor at the Joyce Theater, where the Trocks, led by Tory Dobrin, return December 16 through January 4.For me, music is always present. My life runs on a soundtrack, and music has guided so much of my life I don't think I could exist without it. I was introduced to dance through my music education, and I connect to dance so much because I feel it's the closest I can get to actually being the music. It's incredible that I get to call this my job; still, balancing 165 pounds in a pair of pointe shoes eight shows a week can be trying, and sometimes you need a little more motivation than an extra pair of lashes. A good groove can give you life.1. "Rapture" by Blondie"Debbie Harry makes me nostalgic for NYC in the '70s. Her music, style, and cheekbones are undeniably punk rock, but she also had the allure of Marilyn Monroe. "Rapture" has a funky groove with a solid bass line, plus Debbie Harry raps! It's a bit whimsical, but I dig it." 2. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston"Really, anything Whitney will get the dressing room going. Her voice is so pure and great to sing along to because her power masks any of our vocal shortcomings." 3. "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer"Hypnotic. The high energy beat complemented by her entrancing, melodic voice get me pumped, focused and feeling sexy. It has the right amount
Dressing-room playlist: Dylan Tedaldi
“Right before I go out on stage, I like to listen to music I can groove to. On my pre-performance playlist, I usually include one or two songs from the piece I’m dancing in (just in case I have to go over some choreography last minute), but I listen mostly to stuff that gets my stank face going. I have a very short attention span, so I like to rotate between electronic songs and more acoustic ones. My dad’s old favorites always seem to make their way onto my playlist to. Anything that gets my bones rattling is a pretty safe bet.” The Boston native and member of the National Ballet of Canada performs the role of Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He is scheduled to dance September 9 and 11 at 7:30pm and Sept 13 at 8pm. 1. "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown "This is usually the first song I play when I walk into my dressing room before a show. I like to start my pre-performance ritual with some easy grooving; James Brown helps me get grounded, figuratively and literally." 2. "Victor" by Prinze George "One of my favorite contemporary songs. As soon as the beat drops at :25, I'm set for the day." 3. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin' " by Scissor Sisters "Dancing is my passion, but it's also my job. Ballet is a lot of work, and sometimes it just flat out hurts. I play this song when I need to get out of my pessimistic funk. I'm pretty sure the Scissor Sisters worked some witchcraft into this jam because halfwa
Dressing-room playlist: Bradley Schlagheck
The Boston Ballet soloist prepares for the stage at the David H. Koch Theater
Dance in pictures
BalletNext at New York Live Arts (slide show)
Artistic director Michele Wiles offers three new dances, including a collaboration with Jay Donn, in her company's season.
Miguel Gutierrez premieres a new work (slide show)
Miguel Gutierrez brightens up the American Realness festival with the second part of his series, subtitled Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or the Choreographer & Her Muse or &:@&.
Douglas Dunn & Dancers at the BAM Fisher (slide show)
Veteran choreographer Douglas Dunn presents Aidos, his latest premiere, at the BAM Fisher. In the work, set to Bach, he explores the notion of shame.
Moriah Evans at Issue Project Room (slide show)
In Social Dance 1–8: Index, the choreographer Moriah Evans explores relationships and partnering through a dense system of patterns that move the body in space.
Martha Graham Dance Company at the Joyce Theater (slide show)
Artistic director Janet Eilber presents the Martha Graham Dance Company in its "Shape & Design" season at the Joyce Theater. As Graham said, "What is form? Form is the memory of spiritual content. When do form and content meet? Form and content meet in action." Check out some of that spellbinding action in these performance shots.
Ronald K. Brown and Evidence at the Joyce Theater (slide show)
Ronald K. Brown celebrates his company's 30th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater with two programs that show his ravishing range.