The DDF is New York City’s longest-running public dance festival and is Battery Dance Company’s gift to its home community. Highlights include Malay ethnic dance presented by a 15-member troupe from Singapore, a New Paltz ensemble tribute to Woody Guthrie and the fifth annual Erasing Borders of Indian Dance Festival. Each show will be followed by an invitation to festival goers to get up and join the action.  August 11th through 18th. 

The Nutcracker in a nutshell has always been snippets of memories of wooden toys and sugarplum fairies. I’m sure I’ll remember the Nutcracker: Rated R in very much the same way… except replace wooden toys with dildos and sugarplum fairies with “blow-fairies.” Ah, how we’ve evolved. If you love the ballet and are prepared for your new Nutcracker snippets to include the best of 1980’s punk, clouds of cocaine, pervert uncles, and oh yes, Firecrotch then this is the production for you!

By weaving hip hop, modern, and ballet together with an intriguing new perspective, this classic is sure to delight audiences of all ages and introduce every generation to The Nutcracker anew. Snowflakes, sugarplums, and a grand pas de duex will capture your heart as they have since childhood, while contemporary choreography makes Peridance's Nutcracker unlike any you've seen before!

Nutcracker krumping, rats and popping soldiers, crooked hats, and The Nutcracker, re-imagined by the Urban Ballet Theater. Abrons hosts Nutcracker in the Lower for its 10th-anniversary year, establishing a cultural tradition that is as diverse as it is relevant. Opening November 26th.

A Not to be missed Finale featuring America’s most talented young dancers! Following a week of intense workshops with the country’s top choreographers, teachers and Broadway performers, hundreds of the country’s most promising young dancers will participate in the Finale and Closing Night Gala. Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 PM.

America’s greatest popular music standards come alive in the hands of the Swingtime Big Band. This 20-piece Long Island ensemble vividly recreates classics from the libraries of Basie, Goodman, Miller, and Ellington. It’s a catalogue of music that offers all the ballroom essentials, including foxtrot, lindy hop, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, and more. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 6:00.  Dance Lesson start at 6:30, Live Music at 7:30

Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. reach toward the outermost extremes of physical dance, while forging a world full of emotional range and power. Noted for its impact across cultural boundaries, the work of this international cast of performers has spoken to audiences the world over—from Estonia, Russia, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary to Portugal, Taiwan, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela.

It’s the Chinese New Year and 2011 is the year of the Rabbit and we’ll be sure to celebrate. This year the 12th annual Chinatown parade kicks off at 11:30 on Saturday, February 6th. Elaborate floats, bands, and dancing dragons wind the streets of Chinatown From Mott to Worth. After the spectacle winds down the festivities will continue on Bayard St. with food, music, dancers and martial arts.

Under the Radar is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival is a wild mix of works by ensembles, solo artists, writers, and creators. The ultimate go al of UTR is to offer a crash course in theater that is exciting, independent, and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today.  Running from January 5th through the 15th.

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City’s year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit.

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