MADBOOTS DANCE's David Maurice and Sean Howe. The company's scheduled premiere of HOLY at NYU Skirball this April was canceled.

Daniel Robinson, Courtesy Helene Davis Public Relations

A Timeline of Canceled Performances in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

On this week's episode of The Dance Edit Podcast, we said it would be nearly impossible to give you a full rundown of the performance cancellations that have been announced in the wake of the coronavirus. With that in mind, we still wanted to present a list that can hint at the scope of the impact this pandemic is having on our community, if only for the historical record.

This is by no means a complete timeline, and by its very nature will likely remain incomplete. But if you canceled or postponed a show, or otherwise know of a canceled professional production not listed below, send me an email at cescoyne@dancemedia.com.

In the meantime, check here for a list of performances that have been made available to watch online, and here for the most up-to-date list of resources.


February 3, 2020

Stanford Live postpones performances of Yang Liping's Rite of Spring, scheduled for Feb. 21–22, due to travel restrictions related to coronavirus.

February 23, 2020

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago cancels the remainder of its European tour, including performances in:

  • Cremona, Italy (Feb. 24–26),
  • Ferrara, Italy (Feb. 27–28),
  • Trieste, Italy (Feb. 29–March 2), and
  • Trento, Italy (March 3–4)

March 7, 2020

San Francisco Ballet cancels remaining performances of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, scheduled to continue through March 15.

March 9, 2020

Paris Opéra Ballet cancels the evening's George Balanchine mixed bill performance.

Columbia University, New York University and Juilliard cancel all public events through the end of the month, including performances at Barnard and NYU Skirball.

March 10, 2020

New York City Ballet withdraws from scheduled appearances at London's Sadler's Wells as part of the Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines program, March 19–21. Justin Peck's Rotunda is replaced by Natalia Osipova in Iván Pérez's Flutter.

American Ballet Theatre postpones performances of Romeo and Juliet, scheduled for April 3–4 at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Festival.

The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago postpones the U.S. premiere of Qudus Onikeku's Spirit Child, scheduled for March 13–14.

March 11, 2020

Paris Opéra Ballet cancels all performances through April 15, including its Balanchine mixed bill (March 12–April 10) and the POB School's end of year production (March 25–30).

Pacific Northwest Ballet cancels performances of its One Thousand Pieces double bill (Alejandro Cerrudo's work by the same name and David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin, March 13–22) and Beauty and the Beast (March 15–22).

ODC/Dance postpones its spring season (March 26–April 5) and cancels its ODC/Dance Downtown Gala.

Duke Performances cancels its presentations through April 20, including American Ballet Theatre's March 26–29 performances of Giselle.

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Royal Ballet of Flanders) cancels all performances taking place in its theaters through April 30, including a mixed bill of works by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Crystal Pite (March 13–18).

San Francisco Ballet cancels performances of its Ballet Accelerator program (March 24–April 4, featuring Helgi Tomasson's 7 for Eight, the premiere of Cathy Marston's Mrs. Robinson and David Dawson's Anima Animus) and its Present Perspectives program (March 26–April 5, featuring Yuri Possokhov's Classical Symphony, Benjamin Millepied's Appassionata and the company premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Seasons).

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch cancels remaining performances (March 13–15) of The Seven Deadly Sins in Wuppertal.

BalletX postpones its spring series (March 18–29), which was to feature premieres by Gregory Dawson, John McFall and Nicole Caruana, to July.

March 12, 2020

All Broadway theaters shut down through April 12.

New York City Center cancels events through the end of March, including Flamenco Festival 20/20 (March 27–April 5).

Lincoln Center suspends performances on its campus for the remainder of March.

REDCAT postpones all performances through April 12, including the premiere of Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Sugar Houses (March 25–29) and Rianto's performances of his Medium (April 10–11).

The Mondavi Center cancels public events through March 31, including a March 13 performance by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

The Public Theater in New York City cancels all events through April 12, including preview performances of Lorin Latarro–choreographed new musical The Visitor (March 24–May 10, opening night April 15).

Chicago's Auditorium Theatre cancels all performances through April 12, including appearances by American Ballet Theatre (March 19–22) and Shen Yun (April 2–5).

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance cancels all performances through April 12, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's performances of Decadance/Chicago (March 12–15) and Giordano Dance Chicago's spring series (April 3–4).

Houston Ballet reschedules its Forged In Houston program, featuring choreography by Jorma Elo, Christopher Bruce and Trey McIntyre, from March 12–22 to May 21–31, replacing its From Houston to the World program.

The Music Center closes its theaters through March 31, resulting in the cancelation of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's scheduled appearances March 18–22.

Pennsylvania Ballet cancels remaining performances of La Bayadère, scheduled to continue through March 15, and indefinitely postpones its Suspended in Time triple bill, featuring a premiere by Matthew Neenan, scheduled for April 1–5.

Carolina Ballet postpones the remainder of its A Celebration of Female Choreographers program, featuring Lynne Taylor Corbett's Boléro and new works by Mariana Oliveira, Adriana Pierce and Jenny Palmer, scheduled to continue through March 22.

Boston Ballet postpones performances of its Carmen program (featuring Jorma Elo's ballet of the same name, Balanchine's Serenade and Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo) from March 12–22 to Aug. 20–30, 2020.

Ballet BC cancels performances of Medhi Walerski's Romeo + Juliet in Victoria (March 13–14).

March 13, 2020

Raphael Xavier's March 20 presentation of Sassafrazz: From Roots to Mastery at the University of St. Joseph's Autorino Center is postponed to the 2020–21 season, date to be determined.

Tom Gold Dance cancels its April 1–2 performances at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Signature Theatre cancels performances through March 30, and pushes back the premiere of the new musical Camille Claudel by one week to March 31.

The Gabriella Foundation postpones its Block Party performance fundraising event to May 3.

New York Live Arts suspends all public events through March 31, resulting in the cancelation of:

  • a Live Feed In-Process performance of Ashley R.T. Yergen's CU*T CU*TEMPORARY (March 13),
  • a work-in-progress showing of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in Deep Blue Sea at MASS MoCA (March 21), and
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's performance of Curriculum at Mana Contemporary (March 25).

Postponed for a later date are:

  • the premiere of Abby Z and The New Utility's RADIOACTIVE PRACTICE (March 18–21),
  • the premiere of Colleen Thomas' light and desire (March 23–25), and
  • performances of Lakaï Dance Theatre's The Block: An Afro-Musical.

National Ballet of Canada cancels performances of Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet at home in Toronto (March 11–22) and on tour to Ottawa (April 2–4).

The March 21 premiere of DREAMING OF 1975, featuring Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, is postponed, with a planned premiere date set for July 11.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater suspends tour performances, first through March 31 (Dallas, March 13–14; Los Angeles, March 18–22; Palm Desert, March 25; Las Vegas, March 27–28) and then extends the cancellations to planned appearances in Boston (April 30–May 3). Ailey II's New York season (March 25–April 5) is canceled, with tentative plans to reschedule for later in the spring.

Hedwig Dance's cancels performances of Lightplay, March 13–15.

Stephen Petronio Company postpones its 2020 Benefit Gala, scheduled for May 12, until early fall. The company's May 12–17 appearances at The Joyce Theater remain unchanged.

NW Dance Project postpones its spring gala, scheduled for March 28, replacement date to be announced. The company's April 23–25 performances remain unchanged.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company cancels events through March 31, including its March 20 Annual Benefit Party. The company's April 9–11 performances remain unchanged.

Minnesota Dance Theatre postpones April 3–5 performances of The Enchantment, new dates to be announced.

Dixon Place cancels all performances through April 4.

The Tank suspends all performances through April 14, comprising 109 performances by 37 companies.

The Wallis cancels all performances through the end of March.

The Joffrey Ballet indefinitely postpones all remaining performances in the 2019–20 season, including Winning Works (March 20–22) and Don Quixote (April 22–May 3).

Milwaukee Ballet postpones performances of triple bill PUSH, featuring works by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Aleix Mañé and Alejandro Cerrudo, scheduled for March 26–29, to the 2020–21 season.

Chicago's Links Hall suspends public events through May 1.

The Joyce Theater suspends all performances through March 31, including remaining Scottish Ballet performances (March 13–15), Lyon Opera Ballet in Trois Grandes Fugues (March 18–22) and Malpaso Dance Company (March 24–29).

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre postpones its Here + Now program, scheduled for March 20–29. The company's 50th Anniversary Festival Gala, scheduled for April 4, is left in flux.

Ballet Idaho cancels performances of its Light/Dark program, featuring works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Lar Lubovitch, Ricardo Amarante and Craig Davidson (March 13–14).

Oklahoma City Ballet cancels performances of Future Voices: A Choreographic Showcase, scheduled for March 13–15.

The Cowles Center postpones all remaining spring performances, including:

  • Helen Hatch and Darius Strong's H Y B R I D (March 27–28),
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre in The Enchantment (April 3–5),
  • Ballet Co.Laboratory's Freddie—Break Free (April 10–19),
  • Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre (April 24–26),
  • TU Dance (May 1–3), and
  • MIXTAPE IV (May 15–17).
Texas Ballet Theater cancels all performances through March 31, including its Image | Imbue | Bartok program (March 27–29).

MADCO's Resilience program is postponed indefinitely following Lindenwood University's decision to cancel events through the end of March.

Washington, DC's Dance Place postpones its New Releases Showcase (March 21) and performances by PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER (March 28) and Heart Stück Bernie (April 4).

Sacramento Ballet postpones performances of Homegrown: A Festival of New Works, featuring premieres by Jennifer Archibald, Nicole Haskins and Isaac Bates-Vinueza (March 26–29).

Stanford Live cancels all performances through May 15.

Orlando Ballet postpones its Uncorked program from March 13 to April 24, and postpones its Made in the USA program (March 27–29) to the fall.

Cirque du Soleil suspends 13 of its touring productions worldwide.

Colorado Ballet cancels its Ballet Masterworks program, marking the the final performances of its 2019–20 season, April 3–12.

The Washington Ballet postpones performances of Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center from April 9–19 to June 13–21.

March 14, 2020

homeLA postpones all spring events.

CORNINGWORKS postpones the premiere of THE TIPPING POINT—what would it take for YOU to leave home? from March 18–29 to Sept. 16–27.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet cancels its U.S. tour (East Lansing, MI, March 25; Lincoln, NE, March 28–29; Sioux Falls, SD, March 31) of The Wizard of Oz and its 80th Anniversary Ballet Ball.

Dance Mission Theater cancels performances through the end of April.

Cirque du Soleil suspends all of its Las Vegas–based productions, effective March 15.

March 15, 2020

American Midwest Ballet postpones performances of Swing, Swing, Swing! scheduled for April 4 and 11.

Sarasota Ballet canceled its performances of Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet, scheduled for March 27–28.

March 16, 2020

Sonia Plumb Dance Company cancels performances of The Dance of Da Vinci 2.0, scheduled for March 20–22.

DanceWorld Stuttgart postpones from April 17–19 to Nov. 20–22.

Sadler's Wells cancels all performances at its three theaters for a minimum of 12 weeks, with plans to resume presenting on June 9. This includes:

  • remaining performances of Message in a Bottle, scheduled through March 21,
  • Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines,
  • BalletBoyz in a double bill featuring works by Xie Xin and Maxine Doyle,
  • Phoenix Dance Theatre in Black Waters,
  • Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara's Remembering The Oscars program,
  • the premiere of Akram Khan's Creature for English National Ballet,
  • Jonathan Burrows' Rewriting,
  • the inaugural Sadler's Wells Digital Edition,
  • Northern Ballet in Kenneth Tindall's Geisha,
  • Breakin' Convention 2020,
  • Rosas in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in The Six Brandenburg Concertos,
  • a double bill featuring Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring performed by African dancers and Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo in a new work, common ground[s], and
  • Rambert in a revival of Lloyd Newson's Enter Achilles
Ballet West postpones its Bolero & The Dream program from April 17–25 to June 18–21. The Choreographic Festival remains scheduled for May 14–16, but Singapore Dance Theater and Royal New Zealand Ballet will no longer perform.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet cancels its spring season at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (April 10–19) alongside its spring gala.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch cancels its performances of Palermo, Palermo at The Music Center (April 17–19).

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance extends cancelations through May 10, including Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Palermo, Palermo (May 1–3) and Ballet Chicago's mixed bill with works by Balanchine, Daniel Duell and Ted Seymour (May 9).

London's Royal Opera House closes its doors and cancels all performances (including those of The Royal Ballet and at the Linbury Theatre) with immediate effect.

Juilliard cancels all public performances through May 23.

St. Louis Ballet cancels its performances of Swan Lake, scheduled for April 3–5.

Red Clay Dance Company postpones its Visions & Voices program, originally scheduled for April 3–4.

Tulsa Ballet postpones the company premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Vendetta, A Mafia Story from March 26–29 to May 21–24.

Atlanta Ballet postpones performances of Giselle (March 27–29).

March 17, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater suspends further tour performances (Berkeley, March 31–April 5; Seattle, April 18–19; San Antonio, April 22; Houston, April 24–25; Amherst, April 28), with hopes to reschedule for the fall.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo cancels performances of its Balanchine-Ek-Maillot mixed bill (April 23–26).

Sarasota Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, which was meant to close with its April 24–25 Beyond Words program.

No)one postpones remaining performances of AMEND, meant to run March 7–April 25, until further notice.

Barkin/Selissen Projects postpones performances of Accidental Suite, scheduled for March 20.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal cancels the remainder of its March and April tour dates to theaters in France, Switzerland, Serbia, Italy and Spain.

Park Avenue Armory cancels the premiere of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Deep Blue Sea, scheduled to run April 14–25.

New Ballet's emerging artists program, Fast Forward, is postponed from March 28 to June 7 by Hammer Theatre Center.

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute postpones its March 25–26 performances at Triskelion Arts.

Martha Graham Dance Company postpones all performances, including the Graham Studio Series (scheduled for March 24–25) and its New York City Center season (April 22–26).

The Bolshoi Theatre closes through April 10, including scheduled performances of The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Giselle and The Pygmalion Effect.

San Francisco Ballet cancels the remainder of its performances in the 2020 season, including Balanchine's Jewels (April 15–21) and Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet (May 1–10).

Houston Ballet suspends all performances and events through the end of April.

Kansas City Ballet suspends all performances and events through the end of its season on May 17, including the rescheduling of its New Moves program from March 26–29 to September and the cancelation of its Celts program (May 8–17, featuring works by Lila York, Edwaard Liang and George Balanchine), second company performances and spring school performances.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland suspends the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including its Innovations program scheduled for April 17–18, 25–26.

Michigan Opera Theatre cancels the remainder of its spring season, including performances by American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake (April 16–19).

The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago cancels its hip-hop festival, The B-Side, scheduled for March 20–21, and postpones Abby Z and The New Utility's Radioactive Practice, scheduled for April 9–11.

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance cancels remaining performances in the 2019–20 school year, including scheduled appearances at The Broad Stage (April 17–19).

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch cancels performances of The Seven Deadly Sins in Paris (March 24–29) as well as the entirety of the U.S. tour of Palermo, Palermo .

Hofesh Shechter cancels remaining 2020 performances of Grand Finale.

Owen/Cox Dance Group postpones its U.S. State Department Diplomacy Tour to Ukraine.

Alternative Motion Projects postpones its Number Nine program (March 27–29), featuring premieres by Kristin Howe Joanna Lees, Erinn Liebhard and Brenna Mosser.

March 18, 2020

New York Live Arts postpones its Live Ideas 2020 Gala from March 30 to the week of Oct. 12.

Nevada Ballet Theatre cancels performances of Coppélia, scheduled for May 2–3.

Baryshnikov Arts Center cancels all performances through the end of April, including the New York premiere of Ashwini Ramaswamy's Let the Crows Come (April 8–10).

NYU Skirball indefinitely postpones the final four performances of the 2019–20 season:

  • North American premiere of Carolina Bianchi's LOBO (Wolf) (April 3–4),
  • Premiere of MADBOOTS DANCE's Holy (April 10–11),
  • Premiere of Pavel Zuštiak's HEBEL (April 17–18), and
  • the North American premiere of Les Ballets C de la B's Requiem Pour L (May 1–2).
The Mondavi Center cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including a May 6 performance of Malpaso Dance Company.

Red Bull Dance Your Style cancels qualifiers in New Orleans, Boston, Denver and Houston, and indefinitely postpones finals in Washington, D.C. (April 23–25).

Spectrum Dance Theater postpones all performances and events through the end of April, including the premieres of POOL (April 2–5) and After (April 9–11) as part of the Race & Climate Change Festival (tentatively rescheduled for fall 2020).

Ballet Arizona and Estrella Mountain Community College cancel Dancing Across the Valley program (March 23).

Cincinnati Ballet cancels Bold Moves (April 23–25) and Director's Cut (April 30–May 2) programs. In their place, select repertory from each is slated for a new combined program, BOLD MOVES PLUS, July 23–25. Family Series: Snow White (March 28–April 5) is postponed to the 2020–21 season.

The Bolshoi Ballet postpones encore screening of Romeo and Juliet from March 29 to June 7.

The Grange Festival cancels its 2020 edition, at which Company Wayne McGregor and Birmingham Royal Ballet were scheduled to appear July 10–11.

New York University Tisch School of the Arts indefinitely postpones all performances for the remainder of the semester.

Oregon Ballet Theatre postpones performances of Nicolo Fonte's Beautiful Decay from April 9–12 to June 5–13, replacing its The Americans 2.0 program (featuring Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo and a premiere by James Canfield).

The 2020 edition of Brighton Festival, scheduled for May 2–24 and meant to include the premiere of Hofesh Shechter's Double Murder, is canceled.

BodyVox postpones its NINETEEN*TWENTY program, due to open March 26, and later reschedules it for December.

March 19, 2020

Nashville Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including its Modern Masters triple bill featuring works by Christopher Bruce, Christopher Wheeldon and Paul Vasterling (April 24–26) and its Emergence program featuring works by eight rising choreographers (May 14–17).

The Wallis cancels or postpones all performances through the end of May, including:

  • Heidi Duckler Dance's The Chandelier (April 15–18),
  • the premiere of The Minghella Project (April 18–May 2), and
  • performances by DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion (May 14–16).
Abrepaso Flamenco's performances of Beyond Nostalgia, scheduled for April 14–16 at Cleveland Public Theater, are canceled.

BodyVox postpones its NINETEEN*TWENTY program, scheduled for April 30–May 3, to December 2020.

Baryshnikov Arts Center extends its closure through May 10.

The Big Muddy Dance Company postpones its Moves and Grooves program (April 4–5) and gala (April 30) to the fall.

March 20, 2020

Tero Saarinen Company postpones the premiere of Broas & Nyberg's Truths That Never Were (March 20, 22 and 29).

LIFT Festival cancels its 2020 edition, June 2–July 11. The biennial will return in 2021.

Dixon Place cancels all programming through April 20.

City Ballet of San Diego postpones performances of Romeo and Juliet from May 8–10 to Nov. 6–8.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater cancels the 44th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 19–21.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts cancels all performances and events through May 17, impacting the start of American Ballet Theatre's annual spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House (scheduled to begin May 11).

Grand Rapids Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including performances of Christopher Stowell's A Midsummer Night's Dream (April 24–26, May 1–3).

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre indefinitely postpones performances of its Balanchine + Tchaikovsky program (April 17–19) and cancels its engagement at New York City's Joyce Theater (April 28–May 3).

Birmingham Royal Ballet cancels remaining performances of Swan Lake (through April 4).

Royal Winnipeg Ballet cancels its final company performance of the season, 80 Years - A Retrospective, scheduled for May 6–10.

STREB postpones its home season at SLAM, originally scheduled for May 1–17.

Oklahoma City Ballet reschedules its (e)motion(s): A Triple Bill program (featuring Jorma Elo's Red Sweet and the premieres by Penny Saunders and Robert Mills) from April 17–19 to Sept. 25–27.

The Music Center extends its closure through April 19.

The Kennedy Center cancels all events through May 10.

The Society of London Theatre cancels all performances on London's West End through April 26.

March 21, 2020

Catherine Gallant Dance reschedules the premiere of Escape From the House of Mercy at St. Mark's Church from April 2–4 to Feb. 2021.

March 22, 2020

Ballet Arizona cancels its All Balanchine program, the premiere of Ib Anderson's The Four Seasons (May 19–June 6) and its Dance With Me Gala.

March 23, 2020

Signature Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season. Camille Claudel is rescheduled for the 2020–21 season, while Nijinsky's Last Dance and Hair are pushed back to the summer, date to be announced.

Texas Ballet Theater cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Pacific Northwest Ballet cancels performances of Giselle scheduled for April 10–19.

NW Dance Project cancels its performances of The Rite of Spring, April 23–25.

Barak Ballet postpones performances of Memoryhouse, June 11–13.

March 24, 2020

Nederlands Dans Theater cancels all performances through June 1, including remaining performances of NDT 2's Standalone program (scheduled through April 11), featuring a new work by Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin's Black Milk and George & Zalman, and Paul Lightfoot and Sol León's Postscript, and its Schmetterling program (May 1–30), featuring Lightfoot and León's work by the same name and a new work by Damien Jalet.

Spoleto Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for May 22–June 7.

The Joyce Theater extends its closure through May 3, resulting in the cancelation of performances by:

  • Limòn Dance Company (March 31–April 5),
  • Ballet Hispanico (April 7–19), and
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company (April 21–26).
DANCE NOW cancels its May 2 presentation at Joe's Pub, meant to feature Brendan Drake, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, and Donnell Oakley), Ian Berg/Subject: Matter and Nicole Wolcott in a preview program ahead of its 25th anniversary.

Washington, DC's Dance Place postpones or cancels remaining events through May 31, including:

  • Rosy Simas Dance (April 25, postponed),
  • Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (May 2–3, postponed),
  • Unit Souzou (May 9–10, postponed), and
  • DanceAfrica, DC festival (May 26–31, canceled)

March 25, 2020

Carolina Ballet postpones the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including performances of Macbeth (April 16–19) and Cinderella (May 14–17). Both ballets will be carried over to the 2020–21 season.

San Francisco International Arts Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for May 19–31.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts postpones or cancels all events through the end of April, including:

  • Shen Yun (April 3–12),
  • Ailey II (April 11), and
  • Best of Dance, featuring performers from "Dancing With The Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance" (April 25).
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater postpones the premiere of GOSHEN, scheduled to run May 22–31 at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse.

Ballet BC cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including performances of Ohad Naharin's Hora and Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar's Bill at home (May 7–9) and Medhi Walerski's Romeo + Juliet in Sydney (June 10–14).

March 26, 2020

New York City Ballet cancels the entirety of its spring season, scheduled for April 21–May 31, including the premieres of new works by Pam Tanowitz and Jamar Roberts.

Dutch National Ballet cancels all performances through June 1.

March 27, 2020

Pennsylvania Ballet postpones the remainder of its 2019–20 season to the 2020–21 season, replacing planned premieres from Matthew Neenan, Meredith Rainey and Russell Duckey (scheduled for Jan. 29–Feb. 7, 2021) with its previously postponed Suspended in Time program and adding ballets from its scheduled Balanchine program (May 7–10) to next season's.

Owen/Cox Dance Group postpones the premiere of Nate Fors' aRound & aRound from June 13 to the 2020–21 season.

Minnesota Dance Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season.

March 30, 2020

New York City Center cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem (April 13–18), the Camille A. Brown–choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie (May 5–10) and the Encores! Off-Center summer season in June and July.

Tulsa Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, postponing performances of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Mafia, A Vendetta Story to Oct. 29–Nov. 1 and moving the planned premiere of Ma Cong's Carmen to May 6–9, 2021. New dates for this season's Signature Series triple bill (May 7–10), featuring a world premiere by Penny Saunders, Ma Cong's Glass Figures and Itzik Galili's O Balcão de Amor, have not yet been announced.

Ballet Arkansas cancels performances of its interactive Snow White (April 24–26) and postpones its Master/Works program, featuring world premieres by Yoshito Sakuraba, Alice Klock and Florian Lochner, Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante and Gerald Arpino's Confetti (April 24-26) to the 2020–21 season.

March 31, 2020

American Dance Festival cancels its 2020 season, including performances and its intensive programs.

Bates Dance Festival cancels its 2020 edition. Intensives were scheduled to run between June 27–Aug. 9, performances July 17–Aug. 8.

Jacob's Pillow cancels its 2020 festival, scheduled for June 24–Aug. 30, as well as its annual gala (June 20).

Ballet West cancels its Choreographic Festival, scheduled for May 14–16.

The Kennedy Center cancels Scottish Ballet's performances (May 13–17, featuring the U.S. premiere of Helen Pickett's The Crucible) and the Bolshoi Ballet's performances of Romeo and Juliet (June 2–7).

April 1, 2020

Edinburgh's annual August festivals, including Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, cancel their 2020 editions.

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Royal Ballet of Flanders) cancels its Cherkaoui/Bausch double bill, featuring Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Noetic and Pina Bausch's Le sacre du printemps (June 16–21, July 1–7).

The Chita Rivera Awards, scheduled for May 17 at NYU Skirball Center for the Arts, have been postponed.

April 2, 2020

National Ballet of Canada postpones the premiere of artistic director Karen Kain's Swan Lake from June 5–21 to June 11–27, 2021. The gala celebrating Kain's 50th anniversary has been postponed from June 9 to Nov. 24. Changes to the company's 2020–21 season now include:

  • the cancellation of NBoC's tour to London to present The Sleeping Beauty (July 28–Aug.1),
  • the replacement of San Francisco Ballet's fall appearances with a triple bill (Nov. 11–15),
  • the postponement of the premiere of Wayne McGregor's MADDADDAM to Nov. 2021. The Sleeping Beauty will be presented in its stead Nov. 19–29.
Boston Ballet suspends the remainder of its 2020–21 season, including Swan Lake (May 1–31) and its Off the Charts program (May 8–29), featuring a premiere by Stephen Galloway, Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura and William Forsythe's Artifact Suite. Galloway's new work has been rescheduled for Feb. 18–28, 2021, and will appear alongside a premiere from Forsythe and Alexei Ratmansky's Tanzsuite.

Kuopio Dance Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled to begin June 10.

Cathy Weiss Projects cancels its Sundays on Broadway season (April 5–May 31).

Martha Graham Dance Company cancels all remaining public events through June 20.

April 6, 2020

The Joyce Theater extends its closure through May 17, resulting in the cancellation of performances by:

  • Charlotte Ballet (May 5–9), which was to present a triple bill of Myles Thatcher's Redbird, Bryan Arias' When Breath Becomes Air and Medhi Walerski's Petite Cérémonie, and
  • Stephen Petronio Company (May 12–17), which was to feature the first iteration of Bloodlines(future) in the form of a new solo created and performed by Johnnie Cruise Mercer, as well as Steve Paxton's Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera and Petronio's Full Half Wrong and American Landscapes.
The Yard cancels all programming on its campus through the end of June.

The Society of London Theatre extends the West End's closure through May 31.

April 7, 2020

Atlanta Ballet cancels its Firebird program, featuring Yuri Possokhov's ballet of the same name, Craig Davidson's Remembrance/Hereafter and a premiere from Juliano Nuñes, scheduled for May 15–17. Firebird and Nuñes' new ballet are rescheduled for September.

April 8, 2020

Broadway extends its closure through June 7.

American Ballet Theatre cancels its spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House, scheduled for May 11–July 4. Its 80th anniversary gala has been postponed to Oct. 21, 2020.

Neville Dance Theatre cancels its Earth Day Dance Series at New York City's Dixon Place (April 22–23).

April 9, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts cancels all summer programming, including Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival (July 14–Aug. 8) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Orlando Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season, including the previously rescheduled Uncorked program (April 24) and the premiere of Toni Pimble's Mowgli—The Jungle Book, scheduled for May 8–10.

The Washington Ballet cancels performances of Coppélia, May 13–17.

April 10, 2020

ODC cancels the 2020 Walking Distance Dance Festival, scheduled for June 4–14.

April 13, 2020

Pacific Northwest Ballet cancels its Pite-Tharp-Lang program, which was to feature a premiere by Edwaard Liang (May 29–June 7), its Season Encore performance (June 7) and the Next Step choreographers' showcase (June 12).

Festival D'Avignon cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for July 3–23.

Fort Wayne Ballet cancels the remainder of its 2019–20 season.

April 14, 2020

Paul Taylor Dance Company cancels its inaugural TaylorNEXT Series, which was to feature premieres by Michelle Manzanales and Peter Chu alongside Taylor's Events II, Fiber and Tracer, at The Joyce Theater (June 16–20).

New York City's annual Dance Parade cancels its 2020 edition, replacing it with a digital Dance Without Borders Virtual Parade.

April 15, 2020

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company cancels its Catalyst program, featuring a new work by Yin Yue alongside Andrea Miller's Pupil Suite and Kate Weare's Unstruck (May 21–23).

April 16, 2020

New York Live Arts extends its suspension of public events through the end of May.

April 21, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater cancels its June Lincoln Center season.

April 22, 2020

Ballet Sun Valley postpones its 2020 edition from July 13–14 to August 23 and 25.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo cancels the 2020 edition of F(ê)ates de la Danse, scheduled for July 4.

April 23, 2020

Danse à Lagrasse cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for July.

April 24, 2020

Sacramento Ballet cancels its FastForward program, featuring Val Caniparoli's Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, Trey McIntyre's A Day in the Life and Amy Seiwert's This Might Be True (May 14–17).

April 27, 2020

Dance Umbrella cancels its 2020 festival, scheduled for Oct. 9–25.

Fire Island Dance Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for July 17–19.

April 29, 2020

ImPulsTanz cancels its 2020 festival, scheduled for July 9–Aug. 9.

Ballet West postpones its Bolero & The Dream program, previously rescheduled for June 18–21, to the 2020–21 season.

April 30, 2020

The Washington Ballet postpones Swan Lake from June 13–21, 2020, to May 6–16, 2021.

May 1, 2020

Rhythmically Speaking postpones The Cohort 2020, scheduled for Aug. 13–15.

May 7, 2020

Texas Ballet Theater postpones performances of Beauty and the Beast from Sept. 11–13 and Oct. 2–4 to May 14–23, 2021. It's 2020–21 performance season will instead open with The Nutcracker on Nov. 27.

May 8, 2020

Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for Sept. 18–19 and 25–26.

May 12, 2020

The 2020 Dance on Camera Festival is moved entirely online.

May 13, 2020

The Los Angeles Philharmonic cancels its summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, including an evening with Roberto Bolle (Aug. 11).

May 14, 2020

Vail Dance Festival cancels its 2020 edition, scheduled for July 31–Aug. 11.

May 15, 2020

DANCECleveland moves American Dance Festival in Cleveland online, canceling all live events scheduled for July 11–25, and announces further changes to its 2020–21 season:

  • Caleb Teicher & Company's performance with Conrad Tao is postponed from July 11 to March 13, 2021,
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet's performance (July 25) is canceled, and
  • MOMIX's performances (Nov. 5–6) are canceled.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center cancels its 2020 classical season, including New York City Ballet's annual summer residency.

May 19, 2020

Royal Winnipeg Ballet cancels its annual Ballet in the Park performances, which were scheduled for July.

May 20, 2020

Queensland Ballet postpones the entirety of its 2020 season to 2021.

May 21, 2020

Signature Theatre postpones performances of Mamma Mia! from June 25–July 5 to June 24–July 3, 2021.

May 24, 2020

Sydney Fringe Festival cancels its 2020 edition.

May 27, 2020

BalletX cancels its spring and summer series (July 1–25), which was to feature previously postponed premieres by Gregory Dawson, John McFall and Nicole Caruana as well as new works by Rena Butler, Caili Quan and Penny Saunders.

June 11, 2020

Paris Opéra Ballet cancels all fall performances prior to La Bayadère, opening Dec. 10.

June 12, 2020

Tulsa Ballet cancels its Creations in Studio K program (Sept. 17–22), which was to feature new works by Andy Blankenbuehler, Yury Yanowsky and Luciano Cannito. Performances of Derek Deane's Alice in Wonderland and a new children's ballet, Jack and the Beanstalk, have been postponed to the 2021–22 season.

June 16, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet cancels all performances through the end of 2020, which were to include Kenneth MacMillan's Manon (Oct. 14–25) and Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker (Dec. 5–27).

June 18, 2020

New York City Ballet cancels all performances until 2021, including its four-week fall season (Sept. 22–Oct. 18), which was to include new works by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, and its annual performances of Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Nov. 27–Jan. 3). Bell and Miller's premieres have been postponed to fall 2021.

American Ballet Theatre cancels its fall season at the David H. Koch Theater (Oct. 21–Nov. 1).

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts cancels its annual White Light Festival, as well as its fall Great Performers series and all performances in the David Rubenstein Atrium up until Feb. 2021.

Pittsburgh Dance Council cancels fall performances, delaying the start of its season until Jan. 2021.

June 23, 2020

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts cancels the majority of its remaining in-person 2020 programming. The Kennedy Center Honors is postponed to March 7, 2021.

June 24, 2020

Lincoln Center Theater postpones Flying Over Sunset, which had been planning on March 12 previews and an April 16 opening before Broadway went dark, to spring 2021, dates to be announced.

The Broadway revival of The Music Man postpones its preview and opening dates from Sept. 9 and Oct. 15 to April 7, 2021, and May 20, 2021.

Pennsylvania Ballet reschedules Ben Stevenson's Cinderella from Oct. 8–18 to May 13–16, and cancels its annual run of Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Dec. 11–31).

June 25, 2020

Boston Ballet cancels in-person performances of its Carmen program, which was to feature the premiere of Jorma Elo's ballet by the same name alongside Balanchine's Serenade and Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo and Petal, previously rescheduled to Aug. 20–30.

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance cancels its 2020 season at the David H. Koch Theatre (Nov. 3–22), which was to include the premiere of commissions by Lauren Lovette, Peter Chu and Michelle Manzanales.

June 29, 2020

The Broadway League confirms that the Great White Way will remain dark through the end of 2020.

June 30, 2020

Royal Winnipeg Ballet cancels performances of Septime Webre's Alice (in wonderland), scheduled for Oct. 21–25

July 1, 2020

Atlanta Ballet cancels its Firebird program (Sept. 18–20), which was to include the premiere of an already-postponed new ballet by Juliano Nuñes alongside Yuri Possokhov's Firebird, Helgi Tomasson's Concerto Grosso and a pas de deux from Alonzo King's Art Songs. Possokhov's Firebird is postponed to Feb. 12–14, on a program with a new ballet by Claudia Schreier; Giselle is postponed from Feb. 12–20 to March 19–21; a premiere by Remi Wortmeyer (scheduled for March 19–21, on a program with Cathy Marston's Persisting Memory and Ben Stevenson's Three Preludes) is indefinitely postponed; Nuñes' new work is rescheduled for May 14–16, replacing Paul Taylor's Company B on a program with Balanchine's Stars and Stripes.

July 7, 2020

Kansas City Ballet cancels all performances until January 2021, including its New Moves program (Sept. 17–21, rescheduled from March), Michael Pink's Dracula (Oct. 16–25) and Devon Carney's The Nutcracker (Dec. 3–24).

July 9, 2020

Dance presenter White Bird cancels the entirety of its 2020–21 season, which was to run Oct.–May in Portland, Oregon.

July 14, 2020

Ballet West postpones Ben Stevenson's Dracula, scheduled for Oct. 23–31, to the 2021–22 season, and replaces its planned spring triple bill program (which was to include Justin Peck's Belles-Lettres, Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces and Agnes de Mille's Rodeo) with a previously canceled double bill featuring Nicolo Fonte's Bolero and Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream.

Grand Rapids Ballet postpones the entirety of its 2020–21 season to 2021–22.

Duke Performances postpones its fall live performance series to the 2021–22 season.

July 16, 2020

Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance indefinitely postpones its performances at CPR—Center for Performance Research (July 23–24).

July 20, 2020

Houston Ballet cancels its planned in-person 2020 performances, including its Love Letters program (Sept. 11–20), featuring Balanchine's "Rubies," William Forsythe's Blake Works I and Stanton Welch's Young Person's Guide to Orchestra; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling (Sept. 24–Oct. 4); and The Nutcracker (Nov. 27–Dec. 27).

July 24, 2020

Sacramento Ballet cancels the entirety of its 2020–21 live performance season.

July 28, 2020

Sadler's Wells cancels all live performances through Nov. 10, which were to include:

  • Machine de Cirque (Sept. 8–26),
  • Akram Khan Company in Outwitting the Devil, XENOS, Until the Lions and We Are But Shadows (Sept. 28–30, Oct. 3–5, 9–11 and 13),
  • Tango After Dark (Sept. 29–Oct. 17),
  • Wild Card: Christopher Matthews/Formed View (Oct. 21),
  • Flamenka (Oct. 29–Nov. 7), and
  • Pagrav Dance Company (Nov. 5–6).

July 29, 2020

Colorado Ballet cancels all remaining performances scheduled for 2020. Giselle is postponed from October to April 9–18, 2021, replacing its Ballet MasterWorks program, and its annual production of The Nutcracker (Nov. 28–Dec. 27) is canceled.

July 30, 2020

The Washington Ballet cancels the remainder of its planned live performances in 2020, which were to include new works by Silas Farley, Dana Genshaft and Stanton Welch (Sept. 30–Aug. 4) and The Nutcracker (Nov. 28–Dec. 27).

Midland Festival Ballet cancels its performances of The Nutcracker (Dec. 19–20).

August 1, 2020

American Midwest Ballet cancels the remainder of its planned 2020 performances, including Harrison McEldowney Swing, Swing, Swing! and The Nutcracker.

August 2, 2020

Sarasota Ballet replaces its planned live fall programming with a digital season.

August 3, 2020

Oklahoma City Ballet cancels its fall performances, including the previously rescheduled (e)motion(s): A Triple Bill program (featuring Jorma Elo's Red Sweet and the premieres by Penny Saunders and Robert Mills) and Cinderella, and announces it will open the season with The Nutcracker: Short and Sweet (Dec. 12–30). Performances of Lady of the Camellias and the company's Made in the USA program are postponed from spring 2021 to 2022.

August 4, 2020

Atlanta Ballet cancels its performances of Yuri Possokhov's The Nutcracker (Dec. 5–30).

All performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are canceled for the first time since 1933.

Columbia City Ballet cancels October performances of Dracula.

August 5, 2020

Charlotte Ballet cancels performances of The Most Incredible Thing (Sept.) and The Nutcracker (Dec. 4–27), and reschedules its postponed Sleeping Beauty performances for Dec. 10–20.

August 6, 2020

Birmingham Hippodrome announces it will not reopen until 2021. Birmingham Royal Ballet announces it is looking for an alternative venue for performances of The Nutcracker.

August 12, 2020

National Ballet of Canada cancels scheduled performances through the end of 2020, which were to include a Balanchine triple bill (Nov. 11–`15), The Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 19–29) and The Nutcracker (Dec. 10–Jan. 2). Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté's Frame by Frame, scheduled for March 24–28, 2021, is postponed to a future season.

August 14, 2020

Sadler's Wells extends its closure through January 2021, resulting in the cancellation of:

  • English National Ballet's premiere of Akram Khan's Creature (Nov. 11–15), which is rescheduled for Sept. 2021,
  • Eva Recacha's Aftermath (Nov. 12–13),
  • Alexander Whitley's Overflow (Nov. 18–19),
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman (Nov. 21–Jan. 3, 2021), which is rescheduled for Nov. 20, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022,
  • BalletBoyz's Deluxe (Nov. 26–28) and
  • Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (Dec. 8–Jan. 24, 2021), which is rescheduled for Dec. 7, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022.

August 18, 2020

Pacific Northwest Ballet cancels all in-person performances planned for the 2020–21 season and announces a fully online season.

Miami City Ballet cancels all in-person performances planned for the 2020–21 season, which was to include new works by Durante Verzola, Claudia Schreier and Jamar Roberts (Oct. 16–18, Nov. 7–8 and 13–15), Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Dec. 11–30) and the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake (Feb. 12–14 and 19–21, March 6–7), as well as mixed bills featuring Balanchine's Prodigal Son, Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera and Robbins' Glass Pieces (Jan. 15–31) and Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements and Ballo della Regina and Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun and Antique Epigraphs (March 19–21, April 3–4 and 9–11).

August 19, 2020

Milwaukee Ballet cancels all 2020 performances, which were to include Cinderella (Oct. 22–25) and The Nutcracker (Dec. 5–27).

August 21, 2020

Flyaway Productions postpones the premiere of Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy from Oct. 9–10 and 15–17 to 2021.

August 23, 2020

San Francisco Ballet cancels its 2020 performance run of The Nutcracker.

August 25, 2020

Richmond Ballet cancels 2020 performances of The Nutcracker.

September 2, 2020

Tom Gold Dance cancels its fall season, Nov. 13–14.

September 15, 2020

Boston Ballet announces a revised 2020–21 season, including the cancellations of a planned Forsythe triple bill (Nov. 5–15), in-person performances of The Nutcracker (Nov. 27–Dec. 31), Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer Night's Dream (March 4–14, 2021) and The Sleeping Beauty (April 30–May 16).

September 28, 2020

Royal Winnipeg Ballet cancels its 2020 performances of The Nutcracker (Dec. 22–28).

October 1, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet cancels the remainder of its live performances for the 2020–21 season, including the premiere of Cathy Marston's Of Mice and Men and the company premiere of Balanchine's Serenade (Feb. 17–28, 2021) and the Chicago premiere of John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid (April 21–May 2, 2021).

October 9, 2020

The Broadway League extends the suspension of Broadway shows through May 31, 2021.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces that it will not host indoor, in-person performances until September 2021.

The National Ballet of Canada postpones performances of Robert Binet's The Dreamers Ever Leave You, scheduled for Oct. 9–17 at the Harbourfront Centre.

October 23, 2020

New York City Ballet announces it will not return to in-person performances at the David H. Koch Theatre until September 2021.

October 27, 2020

San Francisco Ballet announces that its 2021 season will be all-digital, resulting in the cancellation of previously announced in-person performances including premieres by Myles Thatcher and Danielle Rowe alongside Yuri Possokhov's Swimmer (Jan. 19–30); a new work by Mark Morris alongside Helgi Tomasson's 7 for 8 and David Dawson's Anima Animus (Jan. 21–31); the premiere of Cathy Marston's Mrs. Robinson, the West coast premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Seasons and a reprise of Dwight Rhoden's LET'S BEGIN AT THE END (Feb. 16–21); Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream (March 5–14); Balanchine's Jewels (March 25–31); Tomasson's Swan Lake (May 28–June 6); and Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet (June 18–27). Thatcher, Rowe, and Marston's premieres will instead be created for digital consumption.

October 30, 2020

Following the announcement of new lockdown regulations in France, Paris Opéra Ballet cancels planned in-person performances in November, including the premiere of new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Tess Voelker and Mehdi Kerkouche (Nov. 4–28).

November 2, 2020

Following the announcement of new lockdown regulations in the UK, Sadler's Wells confirms the cancellation of in-person performances for the month of November, including English National Ballet (Nov. 19–21), which was to present premieres by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov, Stina Quagebeur and Arielle Smith, and the premiere of Alexander Whitley Dance Company's Overflow (Nov. 27–28).

San Jose Dance Theatre cancels its 2020 Nutcracker performances, scheduled for Dec. 4–13.

November 5, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada cancels the remainder of in-person performances planned for the 2020–21 season, including performances in March 2021 and the June 2021 premiere of Karen Kain's Swan Lake, previously rescheduled from June 2020. Swan Lake will be presented during the 2021–22 season.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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