New York City Center's Anniversary Season Is Gonna Be Epic

New York City Center just announced programming for the 2018-19 season, and we're frantically marking our calendars for all the must-see dance. This year is the venue's 75th anniversary, and they're pulling out all the stops—from the reliable fan favorite Fall for Dance to the most epic Balanchine celebration and more:


A Balanchine Festival Will Bring 8 Elite Ballet Companies

Though Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater has long been known as Balanchine's house, the choreographer actually founded New York City Ballet at New York City Center. The venue will celebrate him from Oct 31 through Nov 4, inviting American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet to perform both works created at City Center and performed as part of NYCB's regular seasons there from 1948-1964.

Sara Mearns Will Take on Musical Theater

As part of the Encores! series, City Center will revive Rodgers and Hart's 1938 musical I Married An Angel, starring none other than NYCB's Sara Mearns. The show originally featured choreography by Balanchine, and starred his then-wife Vera Zorina. So naturally, Mearns' soon-to-be husband Joshua Bergasse will choreograph this production.

Fall for Dance Will Be As Exciting As Ever

Now in it's 15th year, the festival aimed at bringing dance to the masses (all tickets are $15) always brings a fun mix of old and new works, fresh and familiar companies. We don't know the whole lineup yet, but the commissions are enough to have us counting the days till October: Gemma Bond, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Justin Peck, Sonya Tayeh, Caleb Teicher and Jennifer Weber will all create new works.

Plus, A Ton of Our Faves Will Make Appearances

Highlights include: Dorrance Dance with their largest solo engagement ever, David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova performing a new Alexei Ratmansky piece, appearances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Nederlands Dans Theater 2, the annual Flamenco Festival, a tour across the five boroughs featuring tap artist Ayodele Casel and a revival of A Chorus Line with choreography by Bob Avian.

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Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World Finally Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

What happens when a dance festival is set to celebrate a landmark anniversary, but a global pandemic has other plans?

Chicago's Rhythm World, the oldest tap festival in the country, should have enjoyed its 30th iteration last summer. Disrupted by COVID-19, it was quickly reimagined for virtual spaces with a blend of recorded and livestreamed classes. So as not to let the pandemic rob the festival of its well-deserved fanfare, it was cleverly marketed as Rhythm World 29.5.

Fortunately, the festival returns in full force this year, officially marking three decades of rhythm-making with three weeks of events, July 26 to August 15. As usual, the festival will be filled with a variety of master classes, intensive courses and performances, as well as a teacher certification program and the Youth Tap Ensemble Conference. At the helm is Chicago native Jumaane Taylor, the newly appointed festival director, who has curated both the education and performance programs. Taylor, an accomplished choreographer, came to the festival first as a young student and later as part of its faculty.

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