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Dance & Ballet in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Dance & Ballet in New York for the month of May 2017


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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

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: Closes 14th May 2017

Designated by Congress as 'a vital American cultural ambassador to the world', it's been 57 years since Alvin Ailey and his group of African-American dancers performed for the very first time at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. This tour is packed full of premieres and returning favorites. More info


You've seen them on Dancing With The Stars, Grease Live and Hairspray Live, and now Julianne and Derek Hough take their incredible dance talent across the USA on their second US tour, Move Live - Beyond!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

May 02, 2017

Radio City Music Hall

May 06, 2017

: Closes 1st July 2017

A brand-new work specially created for American Ballet Theatre by resident artist Alexei Ratmansky, Whipped Cream makes its deliciously sweet mark in New York this coming May ! Set to the music of Richard Strauss' Schlagobers (originally created in 1924 for the Vienna State Opera), and designed by Mark Ryden, the world premiere will take place in Los Angeles in March before residing for a limited period at Metropolitan Opera House. A must-see for dances fans with a sweet tooth who didn't quite get their fill of the Nutcracker ballet, this candied confection will put a spring in your step in 2017! More info

: Closes 19th May 2017

The last in New York City Ballet's Here/Now festival revisits two of the season's most anticipated premieres: new works from Pontus Lidberg and Annabel Lopez Ochoes, alongside the drama of Kim Brandstrup's Jeux and the intricacy of Peter Martin's Fearful Symmetries. More info

: 2nd May

New York City Ballet continues their Here/Now festival celebrations with this double bill of works from acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, Alexei Ratmansky. Honored by the New York Times as the 'finest Russian choreographer since George Balanchine', Ratmansky has made a name for himself with his uniquely beautiful and refreshing restagings of well-known classics, alongside his exuberant original works such as the jewel toned Russian Seasons presented in this jubilant program. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

Three new works and two old favorites are the order of the fifth presentation of the New York City's 2017 Here/Now festival, including company premieres from Alexi Ratmansky, Principal Dancer Lauren Lovett and YouTube extraordinaire and Corps De Ballet member Peter Walker. More info

: Closes 20th May 2017

A multilayered and pensive group of works will envelop the audience in this program that will ends with a brand new Justin Peck piece created in collaboration with indie folkster Sufjan Stevens, the duo's third for the company. More info

: Closes 3rd May 2017

For their third presentation of the Here/Now festival, New York City Ballet pay tribute to their Resident choreographer, one of the company's youngest ever, the inimitable Justin Peck. In this, the first full Peck program by company, expect to be dazzled by some of his best-known works, including the geometric In Creases, the bold New Blood, Sufjan Stevens scored Everywhere We Go alongside a brand new piece, his first ever for just two dancers. More info

: Closes 13th May 2017

Color and the emotional spectrum are the order of the day in New York City Ballet's sixth part of their Here/Now festival, featuring the charm of Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of Carousel and the wistful beauty of Binet's The Blue of Distance. More info

: Closes 28th May 2017

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. More info

: Closes 21st May 2017

The penultimate program in the New York City Ballet's Here/Now festival features a wide array of pieces from six different choreographers. From the glitter and underlying romance of Myles Thatcher's Polaris to the quietly stunning innovation of Peter Martin's Barber Violin Concerto, there is something for dance fans of all types. More info

: 14th May

A burlesque show with a nerdy twist, The Suicide Girls is chock-full of pop culture references and is performed to a a high energy indie soundtrack, showcasing sexiest choreographed strip tease in geekdom! Strictly for the over-18s, this strip-tease/burlesque performance has different vignettes paying tribute to cultural phenomena such Star Wars, Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more! Devised by world-renowned choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked on the massive concert tours for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga. Originally a touring opening act for GNR and Hole during the early Noughties, they have since made a name of their own as one of the leading strip acts in America. More info

: Closes 9th May 2017

The New York City Ballet continue their Here/Now Festival apace with this avant-garde program featuring some truly stunning and thought-provoking works from Benjamin Millepied, Nicolas Blanc, Angelin Preljocaj and a brand new piece from company wunderkind Justin Peck. More info

: Closes 13th May 2017

Drama and emotion converge in the seventh iteration of the Here/Now festival, with five ballets spanning three decades from the kinetic energy of Peter Martin's impressive Ash to the theatrical seduction of Sarah Burton's costumes for Liam Scarlett's turbulent Funerailles. More info

: Closes 31st May 2017

In a perfect fusion of music, movement and drama, this quintessential Romantic ballet epitomizes the transcendent power of love and forgiveness. American Ballet Theatre's unrivalled roster of international ballet stars brings Giselle's mystery and ethereal beauty vividly to life in this universally acclaimed production, performed with live orchestra. More info

: 4th May

New York City Ballet continues to usher 2017 with another spectacular Spring Gala, featuring works from Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon and a world premiere from Alexei Ratmansky. More info

: Closes 20th May 2017

Based on Miguel de Cervantes' sweeping tale of romance and chivalry. From the bravura dancing of the fiery toreador Espada to the colorful caravan of gypsies, the stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another in this feast of choreographic fireworks. More info

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