We know that New York City Ballet is not a behind the scenes secret, but it’s surely one of the cultural spots that just have to be on your list. Plus, it’s surely a NYC dance experience.
Look closely into this first picture (above)! Yes, it’s a ballet piece by the New York City Ballet!
As they beautifully describe themselves:
“We are one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. We believe that choreographic exploration is what sustains the Company and the art form itself.”
It all started in 1920 in Boston, at the age of 12, when Lincoln Kirstein’s love for classical dance emerged after watching Anna Pavlova perform.
As an adult, he was very fond of the contemporary choreographer, George Balanchine. While in London, in the year of 1933, they had a chance to meet and in no time Kirstein invited Balanchine to join him in concretizing a lifetime dream.
Following Balanchine’s suggestion, in 1934, they first opened the School of American Ballet. They ventured through the creation of four enterprises: the American Ballet Company, Ballet Caravan, American Ballet Caravan and lastly, Ballet Society.
Finally, the Ballet was founded in 1948 as a resident company.
It quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. But, it was only in April of 1964 that the theatre’s door opened to the public.
Today, the company is hosted inside the now called David H. Koch Theater. A beautiful $30 million space, designed by Philip Johnson.
They are the biggest dance organization in America, with over 90 extraordinary dancers and running performances during 23 weeks throughout the year.
“George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein shaped the history of 20th-century dance. Under the direction of Peter Martins, New York City Ballet remains dedicated to the preservation of Balanchine’s ideals.”
Check their website for the full schedule. It’s an amazing one, by the way!
Also, take a look at their annual Special Events. They are focused on benefit events to not only raise money for the Company, but to offer everyone involved, priceless experiences.
Location: 20 Lincoln Center
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Kolnik for the New York City Ballet
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*