Traversing the busy sidewalks of New York City can sometimes feel like a waltz with strangers. People pirouette, side step and cha cha in order to reach their destination quickly without spilling their double macchiato. Dance is everywhere in the city, and we know where to look! Whether you want to witness the beauty of this art form on stage or work on your own dance moves, NYC has plenty of theaters, studios, and dance halls for you to cut a rug in or take in a show. Below we have reviewed a few of our favorite places to enjoy the magic of dance in the city!
New York City Center 131 West 55th St.
In it’s 70th season, City Center is home to many distinguished companies. The City Center Principal Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre(pictured), and Manhattan Theatre Club all perform here throughout the year. It is Manhattan’s first preforming arts center with a mission to make the best in music, theatre and dance accessible to all audiences. Tickets are reasonably priced with some shows starting at just $18. The theaters are relatively small and provide for an intimate arena to take in the arts. Beginning Dec 3rd to January 4th, 2015 the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company will be showcasing their talents. Tickets are $25 a show.
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center 248 West 60th St.
Nestled on the Upper West Side is the MMAC. Rose Caiola, a lifelong dance enthusiast, opened the doors to a new beautiful airy modern facility in 2008. It’s a bi level studio theatre complex that encompasses all aspects of dance education and performance. Contemporary ballet companies dominate the fall season schedule with Ted Thomas and Francis Ortiz leading the charge. They also have a child friendly show currently running, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! Tickets for most performances are $25 and can be purchased online or at the box office.