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Dance in New York - December 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Dance in New York for the month of December 2015


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: Closes 3rd January 2016

A true New York City institution, the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the sparkling, breath-taking way to get you in the Christmas spirit, with unforgettable with the Radio City's unmatchable and unstoppable Rockettes performing their precision dancing and world famous routines! With gorgeously costumed and choreographed vignettes including the Toy Soldiers, Santa and his glamorous reindeers, The Nativity, and even a teddy-bear themed version of The Nutcracker, this show takes everything you love about Christmas and amps it up ten-fold, creating beautiful new memories from the beginning to the high-kicking finale! More info

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: Closes 3rd January 2016

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! A lavish, full-scale spectacle, there's a reason this is the City's favourite holiday show! More info

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Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

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 Winter season is packed full of premieres and returning favorites. More info

Remain upstanding, folks, for this water and light spectacular that has taken London and Buenos Aires by storm. You may get wet, you may get dirty, but bring your pals and your comfy shoes, to prepare for a visual and sensory overload that will have you gasping in awe - and possibly to catch your breath! More info

: Closes 25th February 2016

Five 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 29th January 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 3rd January 2016

After a 200 date tour across 15 countries, Michael Flatley brings his newest incarnation of Lord Of The Dance to Broadway where he will finally make his debut, before retiring from performing altogether. Having entranced audiences with thrilling choreography, and typical Flatley showmanship this new run is set to continue what has been a fantastic year for the company! More info

: 6th December

Undoubtedly history's most romantic and tragic story of the original star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet lends itself beautifully to the language of ballet, from kinetic violence to the exquisite pain of young love, the warring Capulets and Montagues are brought to thrilling life through the choreography of Nikolay Anokin and the unforgettably haunting score of Prokofiev by the incredible State Ballet Theatre of Russia. More info

: 19th December

What do you get when you combine the elegant holiday score of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and a DJ with pin-sharp contemporary hip hop dance? This hit show mashes up two very American icons into a stunning production that was the toast of last year's New York holiday season at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, meeting with rave reviews. Moving the story action to New Year's Eve, the mouse army is replaced with a mouse-ear wearing gang, a humble nut seller who saves the day, and the Land of the Sweets a nightclub trapped in 1985. Pirouehettes are replaced with floor windmills, making this a truly contemporary holiday treat. More info

: Closes 17th January 2016

Using the decadence of the arts in the time of Louis XIV as divine inspiration, Company XIV flits between the traditional and avant-garde effortlessly incorporating baroque dance with contemporary jazz, opera, burlesque and much more. If you're looking for something a bit spicy, why not head down to their unique take on this holiday classic? More info

: 12th December

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

: Closes 6th December 2015

There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than gathering the family for an epic journey following Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker prince! Venture into battle with the Mouse King and onto the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy awaits with a special surprise! NJ Ballet has been entertaining families for 45 years this year, and continuously adds to their repertoire with new and exciting performances! More info

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