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The best dance shows in NYC this month

From ballet to hip hop and contemporary performance, New York's best dance shows offer plenty to choose from

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
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For dance lovers, New York City always offers good reasons to get moving. If your taste runs to classical ballet, you can get your fill from New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center. For more modern fare, visit the Joyce Theatre, New York Live Arts, New York City Center, BAM or the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Looking for avant-garde work? You'll find it at the Skirball Center, the Chocolate Factory or Abrons Arts Center—and that's not to mention hip hop dance, international pageants, dance theater, Broadway musicals, experimental performance art and much more. Many of these venues went dark during the pandemic shutdown began, but as live performance returns to New York, dance is coming back with it. Here are some of the best dance shows to check out in the next few months.

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Best dance shows in NYC this month

  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
  • price 3 of 4
  • Bushwick
Austin McCormick and his neo-Baroque troupe (Queen of Hearts) specialize in lavish pageants that combine dance, burlesque and circus arts into a heady speciality cocktail. Their latest venture offers a sexy spin on lust, envy, greed and other deadlies.  
  • Dance
  • Ballet
  • price 2 of 4
  • Upper West Side
The venerable company—including dancers Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Gillian Murphy, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary and James Whiteside—returns to the Met. The run includes the full-length ballets Swan Lake (June 27–July 6) and Romeo and Juliet (July 11–16) as well as the program “American Splendor” (July 7–9), which  omprises George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Jessica Lang's Tony Bennett tribute ZigZag and Alonzo King's new Single Eye.
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  • Dance
  • Tap
  • price 3 of 4
  • Hell's Kitchen
The American Tap Dance Foundation makes your heart go clickety-clack with a week of activities around the city, including performances and master classes and film screenings. Events include a boat party (July 6), the student showcase Tap Future and the Tap Dance Awards (July 8), the dance concert Rhythm in Motion (July 9) and Tap It Out (July 10), a giant, free outdoor event in Times Square that includes hundreds of participants.
  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
  • price 3 of 4
  • Chelsea
Moses Pendleton and his dancer-illusionists, renowned for their lovely scenic effects, return to the Joyce with another mesmerizing multimedia production. This one is inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and thus includes nervous rabbits, quadrilling lobsters, a multisegmented caterpillar, a fpair of red queens and more strange-trippy delights. 

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