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Dance in New York - October 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Dance in New York for the month of October 2016


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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 2nd October 2016

Jewels is brilliantly unique: a full-length, three-act, plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewellery designer Van Cleef & Arpels, and chose music that perfectly reflects three entirely different dance forms, unified by the elegance of the jewel theme and Barbara Karinska's opulent costumes. More info

: 20th October

Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations is hailed as one of the choreographer's best works, and is a homage back to classical ballet that takes advantage of flowing lines and pin-sharp footwork. With different numbers of dancers collaborating together in groups, this work is one of the most challenging in modern ballet repertory. A fine balance between tender grace and demanding steps, put together with Cesar Franck's exquisite music for both orchestra and piano. More info

: Closes 15th October 2016

Four incredible young choreographer's works are celebrated in this impressive program from the NYCB, showcasing the company's dedication to innovative new pieces and talent. More info

: Closes 12th October 2016

Another round of pieces from the New York City Ballet's archives, the Classic NYCB program is a chance to reinvigorate the company's enviable repertoire, whilst presenting newer works that will no doubt be considered classics themselves in time. More info

: Closes 23rd October 2016

Last seen in ABT's 75th anniversary gala last year, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, a dazzling large-cast classical ballet from award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp, incorporating the music Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Orchestra. With dancers arranged in a powerful choreographic counterpoint, the ensuing vision that fills the stage looks just like a kaleidoscope of action. More info

: Closes 8th October 2016

Exploring the inspiring partnership of Balanchine and Stravinsky and their creation of their prolific and popular works for the NYCB, this program is a must for dance enthusiasts and followers of the company. The duo changed the landscape of contemporary dance with the combination of their talents, cementing the NYCB's signature neoclassical style with these streamlined and groundbreaking pieces. More info

: Closes 15th October 2016

Two of the New York City Ballet's most revered talents, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins are celebrated in this double bill which is as thrilling as it is contrasting in styles. As guiding lights of the company, their works still draw large audiences both in Manhattan and the world over. More info

: Closes 16th October 2016

Led by the frenetic urban energy of Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces, the NYCB's annual celebration of Americana continues apace this year. Alongside Robbins' tribute to the metropolis is Thou Swell, a glittering work, harking back to the glamorous cafe society of the golden age with its art deco flourishes and romantic Richard Rodgers score. Finishing the evening is George Balanchine's patriotically triumphant Stars and Stripes, a delightfully All-American feast, with exuberant dancers filling the stage, resplendent in Karinska's eye-catching costumes. More info

: 8th October

This Tony Award-winning tap dancer, actor, and choreographer is notable for introducing African dance into tap to great acclaim. Coming from a prominent musical family of black origin, he was a dance prodigy at a young age, and even started teaching tap at just 14! More recently he was provided his dance expertise with the creative team behind tap-dancing penguin movie Happy Feet! More info

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