The Very Best of NYC Dance

Alvin Ailey, NYC Ballet, iLuminate and much more

Alvin Ailey’s junior ensemble, Ailey II, is gracing the New York stage with a two-week run thru Apr 13. Witness the awesome beauty of dance as envisioned by three choreographers: Adam Barruch’s Alchemies, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Cuore Sott’Olio and Jennifer Archibald’s Wings.

On Apr 13 thru 14, as part of the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series, New York City Ballet dancers perform excerpts from young choreographer and soloist Justin Peck’s latest work, featuring a commissioned score by American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present the New York premiere of the Ballet Preljocaj‘s acclaimed production of Snow White, a contemporary romantic ballet that turns the Grimm Brothers classic tale on its head. “Never has death-by-poison-apple been so shocking,” proclaims The Los Angeles Times about this intriguing production that features compelling choreography by Angelin Preljocaj and over-the-top costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. You can catch performances Apr 23 thru Apr 27.

Prepare to be dazzled by iLuminate, playing at the New World Stages through May 4. An electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology, iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first-ever Broadway show using their groundbreaking light suits, as seen on America’s Got Talent. The show tells the story of a talented but reclusive young artist named Jacob, whose imagined creations come to life through his magical paintbrush. Aside from the incredible light suits, the show also incorporates a variety of dance styles from breakdance to contemporary moves.

On thru May 4, Heart & Lights is a fabulous show featuring the famous, high-kicking Radio City Rockettes. It’s all about the sights and sounds of NYC told through a tale of discovering the Big Apple. Described by Radio City as “capturing all of the energy and passion of New York City and its people in one incredible show,” If you love Gotham, Heart & Lights will prove to be an unforgettable celebration of the city – rejoicing in its exceptional energy, passion, people, history and legacy.

For two nights, May 16 and 17, experience original dance works created by talented guest choreographers and performed by students of the Eugene Lang College dance program. Lang Dance: Spring Performance is free for all New School students, faculty and alumni. (It’s just nine bucks for everyone else.)

BAM’s DanceAfrica is the nation’s biggest festival dedicated to African dance. Returning for its unbelievable 37th year, Madagascar-based music and dance troupe Bakomanga will dazzle rapt audiences throughout the last weekend of May. Be there!

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