Atlantans cheered their own Melanie Moore to victory this summer on TV’s dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance. If the show’s tasting platter of different dance styles has inspired you to want to attend a live performance, then consider a trip to New York City during City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. The festival runs October 27 – November 6, 2011, with tickets going on sale on City Center’s web site on October 2. All tickets for the performances are only $10, so if you are interested, be sure not to miss the on sale date, as they will sell out quickly.
Of course, New York is the dance capital of America, and one of the greatest cities for dance in the world, so you may wonder what, aside from the price, makes the Fall for Dance Festival so special. While true balletomanes flock to multiple cast performances of Swan Lake by American Ballet Theatre or the Balanchine classics by New York City Ballet, those newer to dance performances may appreciate the structure of Fall for Dance, which assembles evenings of different dance styles by companies from all over the world. An entire evening of ballet can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but the festival’s programs are likely to have something for everyone.
For example, the first of the five programs offered contains works by Brooklyn’s Mark Morris Dance Group, a contemporary dance company known for Mr. Morris’s unique wit and humor, Lil Buck, known for his Memphis jookin style set to Yo-Yo Ma, the modern Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Chicago’s Joffery Ballet, performing an abstract ballet by former New York City Ballet dancer Edwaard Liang. Another evening showcases tapper Maurice Chestnut, the New York City Ballet performing a work by one of the world’s most celebrated living ballet choreographers, Christopher Wheeldon, the abstract Liz Gerring Dance Company, and the modern Alvin Aliey American Dance Theater performing a work by the dramatic Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti. Still another program combines China’s modern TAO Dance Theater, French hip-hop Compagnie Kafig, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Cuba’s Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, which melds elements of flamenco, ballet, Afro-Cuban, and Cuban dance styles.
More information about all five of the different programs offered through Fall for Dance can be found on City Center’s web site — at $10 a ticket, it’s worth it to attend more than one evening to sample the different dance styles at hand. For less than the price of a movie ticket in Manhattan, you can take a mini-tour of the world of dance.
From Atlanta, Delta Airlines offers flights to New York throughout the day, generally running from $200-$300 round trip. Late October is also one of the best times weather-wise to visit New York, and there is no place in the world celebrates Halloween like Greenwich Village!