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The best dance performances and dance events in NYC

New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The magical 1954 production, set to Tchaikovsky's incredible score, returns to enchant New York

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Critics’ picks: Dance

Pilobolus

Pilobolus

The popular troupe, which melds dance with physical theater and striking stage imagery, presents a pair of programs that mix old and new work. The NYC premiere of Javier De Frutos's Thresh/Hold and [esc], a 2013 piece developed with illusionists Penn & Tenner, are among the offerings in Program A; Program B includes the local debut of the shadowy Wednesday Morning, 11:45 and a reprise of the 1997 male quartet Gnomen.

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The Lucinda Childs Dance Company

The Lucinda Childs Dance Company

Childs returns to the Joyce for two weeks with a pair of shows. The first week is devoted to a new collection, Lucinda Childs: A Portrait, that surveys more than 50 years of the modern dance icon's work, from Pastime (1963) through Canto Ostinato (2015). The second week is given over to Dance (1979), an evening-length work—set to music by Philip Glass—that juxtaposes live dancers with projections of the dancers who originally performed it.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Returning to City Center for its 46th season, the venerable troupe offers a diverse selection of more than two dozen works, in different programs each night. Selections range from the company's 1958 breakthrough, Blues Suite, to premieres of pieces by choreographers Kyle Abraham (Untitled America), Hope Boykin (r-Evolution, Dream) and Mauro Bigonzetti (Deep).

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Company XIV: Nutcracker Rouge

Company XIV: Nutcracker Rouge

Austin McCormick and his risqué neo-Baroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of the classic holiday tale, complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Definitely leave the kids at home: The word nutcracker has customarily conjured innocent wonder; now be ready to add glitter pasties, stripper poles and comically large stuffed penises to the toys in wonderland.

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ZviDance: On the Road

ZviDance: On the Road

Israeli-American contemporary choreographer Zvi Gotheiner makes his BAM debut with a Next Wave Festival work inspired by Jack Kerouac's novel and his company's retracing of its narrator's cross-country journey.

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Arrie Davidson: Wonder/Through the Looking Glass Houses

Arrie Davidson: Wonder/Through the Looking Glass Houses

Trans performance artist and choreographer Davidson and her KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre take a stab at reinventing Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland story in a full-length work commissioned by Dixon Place.

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Twyla Tharp tells us about her 50th Anniversary Tour
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Twyla Tharp tells us about her 50th Anniversary Tour

The superstar choreographers who make the leap into the pop culture stratosphere can be counted on a hand and a half. In that way, Twyla Tharp is a throwback: She's our Jerome Robbins (famous for her Broadway razzle-dazzle like Movin' Out); she's our Agnes de Mille (taking serious dance to the masses in film after film); she's our Martha Graham (an iconic revolutionary who suffers no fools). But after having choreographed nearly 150 works, winning a Tony, a Kennedy Center Honor and 19 honorary doctorates, she's not resting on her laurels. In fact, she’s on fire—for her 50th Anniversary Tour, the 74-year-old Tharp has built another pair of works that ask her customary questions about the interrelatedness of dance forms: Preludes and Fugues (set to Bach) and Yowzie (set to jazz titans like Fats Waller). The “Tharpian” is a melting-pot style, characterized by precision and vaudevillian showmanship—the liquid hips from jazz seducing the elegant lines of ballet. How will the mix work this time? The only thing you'll know to expect: The dances will be ebullient, contagious, athletic. Tharp herself speaks with a wry growl. She makes you back up if you give her a compliment—“Let's hear that again”—and she has a wonderfully tart way of making you feel like an unproductive snoozer. Tharp still works out for two hours every morning; she doesn't really understand why you don't too. She spoke with us from Chicago, from the tour. What inspired the two shows that make up this 50th Annive

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Exclusive: Watch a behind-the-scenes video from Broadway's An American in Paris
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Exclusive: Watch a behind-the-scenes video from Broadway's An American in Paris

The most exciting new offering for dance fans has been An American in Paris

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Leanne Cope trades in the Royal Ballet for Broadway
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Leanne Cope trades in the Royal Ballet for Broadway

The ballerina stars in An American in Paris, directed by Christopher Wheeldon

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Ralph Lemon reflects on his multiplatform work Scaffold Room
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Ralph Lemon reflects on his multiplatform work Scaffold Room

There’s something infinitely puckish about Ralph Lemon. Even as the visual artist and choreographer is discussing his challenging work Scaffold Room, which plunges into a whole host of erotic, transgressive and radical aesthetics, he’s smiling. Beaming even. “Look closer!” he urges with a delighted chuckle, and you find yourself nose-to-nose with a mysterious pornographic postcard or approaching a doghouse that seems to have a tiny glowing giraffe living inside.Despite his stature as a major modern choreographer (most recently in the elegiac How Can You Stay In the House and Not Go Anywhere), Lemon slips free of the title for Scaffold Room. Here he is simultaneously movement maker, fine-artist, animating spirit, director, lecturer, documentarian and writer. In similarly sprawling fashion, Room has seemingly taken over the entirety of the Kitchen. Up staircases and behind columns, there are photographs, hidden paintings, installations, votives—look for the African ancestor idols that are dressed like Beyoncé and Jay Z—video and live performance. At certain hours, you might even stumble across a certain Judson Dance titan reading aloud from an S&M classic. (“She said, ‘You choose what I read, Ralph!’ So I chose!” Lemon laughs.)In the conventional performance space on the ground floor, Lemon has constructed the Scaffold Room itself, a movable platform where Okwui Okpokwasili and April Matthis perform a kind of “solo piece for two” about the performance of black womanhood (shows

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Dance in pictures

Take a look at Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's daring new performance #negrophobia
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Take a look at Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's daring new performance #negrophobia

The Detroit native and performance art explorer makes a poetic foray into identity and erotic anxiety

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Let your heart leap at these images of Batsheva's Young Ensemble in Decadance
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Let your heart leap at these images of Batsheva's Young Ensemble in Decadance

Ohad Naharin's legendary company sends in an impressive team with a work that reveals the joy of generational change

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See photos from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's latest image-rich work
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See photos from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's latest image-rich work

Take a look as the Taiwanese company visits BAM with the video-saturated Rice, which grafts martial arts into classical and modern dance

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Check out pictures of the Evening of Colombian Dance in Battery Park
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Check out pictures of the Evening of Colombian Dance in Battery Park

The Battery Dance Festival took viewers on a dance-filled vacation to South America, all without leaving New York harbor

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Try to keep from dancing while looking at DanceBrazil’s 2015 season
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Try to keep from dancing while looking at DanceBrazil’s 2015 season

The 30-year-old company returns to the Joyce Theater for a program about brotherhood

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Stunning sunset images from the Battery Dance Festival
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Stunning sunset images from the Battery Dance Festival

Five companies danced the night away in front of the Statue of Liberty

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