Theater Review: Fall for Dance

The Fall for Dance Festival is an annual series of dance concerts sponsored by Mayor Bloomberg and the MetLife Foundation(tickets are only $15!). The festival consists of five different programs held at the spectacular New York City Center. Each program showcases four performing companies of contrasting styles (tap, ballet, cultural dance, etc.). This year I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Program 3 (last year the tickets sold out within an hour!).

I arrived at the City Center, which is pretty unassuming from the outside on 55th Street. But once I entered the theater I was blown away by the huge space and beautiful ornate blue and gold proscenium arch. The nearly 2,750 seat house was packed with people of all ages – dancers, cultured New Yorkers, dance teachers (I ran into BDC ballet teacher, Beth Goheen), dance writers (I recognized Dance Magazine editor, Wendy Perron) and critiques.

Program 3 included works by:

  • Ballet West – Grand Pas from Paquita – ballet
  • Tu Dance – High Heel Blues – jazz/modern duet
  • Nan Jombang – Tarian Malam (Night Dances) – Indonesian dance/martial arts
  • Moiseyev Dance Company – Moiseyev’s Classics – traditional Russian dance

Other performances in this year’s Fall for Dance Festival (9th season) included:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • BalletBoyz
  • Circa
  • Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists
  • The Hong Kong Ballet
  • Jared Grimes (tap & hip hop teacher at BDC!)
  • Jodi Melnick
  • Juilliard Dance
  • Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La
  • LDP – Laboratory Dance Project
  • Maria Pages Compania
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Nederlands Dans Theater
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Shantala Shivaalingappa
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts

This season of incredible performances (at amazingly low prices!) continues from September 27 – October 13. If you missed out on this year’s Fall for Dance, be sure to mark your calendars for next year – tickets go on sale online the first week of September.

“So bring your family, grab your friends, join us and fall in love… Fall for Dance!”

Discounted Tickets

Broadway/Off-Broadway:

  • 20%-50% discounted tickets (to select shows, subject to change) at the TKTS booth in Times Square.  Booth opens at 10am for matinee performances and 3pm for evening performances (check TKTS website for specific hours).
  • ~$30 rush tickets are often available the day of a performances.  Check a theater’s specific website for rules and regulations (ie. what ID is necessary, when to line up, etc.).  Popular shows such as “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon” hold a lottery for rush tickets.
  • ~$20 are less common standing room tickets.  These can be purchased about 2 hours prior to a show’s sold-out performance.
  • During “Broadway Week” you can get 2-for-1 tickets to Broadway shows.
  • Other discount ticket websites: Broadway Box, NY Tix, and Theater Mania – these sites also have tickets available for dance concerts/company performances such as the American Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

New York City Ballet:

  • $15 student-rush tickets can be purchased on the day of a performance either online or in person.  These tickets are available for full-time high school and college students up to age 29.
  • $15 tickets for the “fourth-ring” rows C-O of the theater.

Joyce Theater:

New York City Center:

  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) program for students – simply fill out the online application to receive periodic e-mails about discounted shows for students.
  • “Fall for Dance” is a 10-day dance festival starring companies from all over the world.  ALL tickets are just $10 but the festival sells out within hours.

Carnegie Hall:

  • $10 student rush tickets.  Simply present your student ID at the Box Office on 57th and 7th to purchase up to 2 discounted tickets.

Madison Square Garden & Radio City Music Hall:

  • Sign-up for the MSG Insider to receive e-mails about upcoming presales and discounts.