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Fall/Winter 2015–16 New York City Dance Guide

by Staff

While New York City is a year-round capital of dance, this fall and winter feature an especially diverse lineup of shows. Enjoy holiday classics and daring debuts, choreographed and performed by big names in the field. Read on for some of our picks. 


Through December 20
2015 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music 
Among the dance performances lined up for the 2015 version of this avant-garde event are Walking with 'Trane and Umusuna: Memories Before History.

September 22–October 18
New York City Ballet Fall 2016 Repertory Season at the David H. Koch Theater 
The fall season will see plenty of Balanchine and Robbins choreography, music from Brahms and Tchaikovsky and programs—complete with world premieres—celebrating 21st-century choreographers.

September 29–February 28, 2016
Joyce Theater 2015–16 Fall/Winter Season at the Joyce Theater 
Featured companies include Ballet Memphis (October 27–November 1), Garth Fagan Dance (November 3–8) and Parsons Dance (January 19–31).

October 13–25
José Limón International Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater  
This festival showcases the work of its eponymous dance troupe as well as the Royal Danish Ballet, the Bavarian State Ballet and other dancers from across the globe.

October 14–November 22
White Light Festival at Lincoln Center 
This cerebral series of music, theater and dance performances aims to inspire and entertain.

October 16–18
Breakin' Convention at the Apollo Theater 
Hip-hop dancers from around the world strut their stuff.

October 21–November 1
American Ballet Theatre at the David H. Koch Theater 
The American Ballet Theatre wraps up its 75th anniversary celebration with its annual two-week fall engagement at the David H. Koch Theater. The residency features company premieres of Aftereffect and Valse-Fantaisie as well as performances of Le Spectre de la Rose and The Brahms-Haydn Variations. Choreography comes from the likes of Alexei Ratmansky, Frederick Ashton and Twyla Tharp, with music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and the Andrews Sisters. 

October 24–May 2016
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2015–16 Season
The dance portion of Brooklyn College's performing arts season includes The Colonial Nutcracker (December 13), Step Afrika! (January 23), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's Lunar New Year Celebration (January 31) and Moscow Festival Ballet'Romeo and Juliet/Carmen Suite (March 5).

November 20–21
Beautiful, Also, Is the Sun at the Apollo Theater 
Ballet Hispanico premieres a new work by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo. Saturday's program (November 21) also includes Saturday En Familia—a 90-minute journey through Latin American dance and culture as interpreted by the company—followed by a Q&A with the dancers.

November 27– January 3, 2016
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theater 
This annual holiday favorite has been providing visions of a dancing Sugarplum Fairy since 1954.

December 2–January 3, 2016
Alvin Ailey at New York City Center 
Catch two dozen ballets, three new productions of Ailey classics, a company premiere and three world premieres.

January 19–February 28, 2016
New York City Ballet Winter 2016 Repertory Season at the David H. Koch Theater 
The return of Balanchine Black & White highlights this winter engagement.


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