New York City Ballet in New York, NY

Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023
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Overview

As one of the most iconic dance companies around the globe, the New York City Ballet continues to astonish audiences year after year with spectacular dances, mesmerizing talent, and engaging shows. Touring regularly around the country and the world, the New York City Ballet performs approximately 60 ballets in any given season with an expansive company-wide repertory.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Ballet performances change seasonally.
  • Performed in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Dress code is comfortable and casual.
  • Performances are recommended for children over the age of 5.

Description

from New York City Ballet
The dynamism of The Four Temperaments and the sparkling Symphony in C usher in the Spring 2017 performances, highlighting the range of Balanchine’s neoclassical style. The spring continues with Jerome Robbins favorites Moves, a spellbinding ballet performed without music, and the playful Fancy Free, both illuminating the choreographer’s flair for the dramatic.

Contemporary ballets abound with the Here/Now Festival, four weeks devoted to works created at NYCB during the past three decades, featuring 43 ballets, 10 programs, and 2 world premieres. Alexei Ratmansky contributes his fifth work for NYCB at the Company’s 2017 Spring Gala and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck debuts his third collaboration with singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens a week later. A momentous occasion, the festival showcases the creations of 22 diverse choreographers, and includes programs focusing on the work of Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.

A longstanding springtime tradition, Balanchine's full-length production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream closes the 2016-17 Season in a week-long run flooding the stage with its sumptuous sets and costumes.

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KirstyQNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
"Enchanting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2018 NEW
We saw the new Tribute to Robbins performance. It started with the Four Seasons, which was my favourite section. Each of the four seasons is represented with the most amazing dance interpretation. It was followed by the CIrcus Polka which was the junior members of the company, and they were just so charming and talented, I could have watched them for hours! The other great section was Something To Dance About, which combined performances from great Broadway shows like West Side Story, The King and I, and Funny Girl. Really extraordinary to see them come alive in the dance. This season at the NYCB is well worth going to see, can't recommend it enough.
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BartokBela
Denver, Colorado
"Ballet with extraordinary skill, grace, precision and athleticism"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2018 NEW
Have been attending NYCB performances for 5 or more years now, most recently several performances honoring the 100th birthday of one of their great choreographers, Jerome Robbins. Robbins and NYCB founder George Balanchine have graced the world with a remarkably varied body of work, performed wonderfully well by the NYCB company every season. It is not fair to single out a few works at the risk of slighting others, but not to be misssed are the Bernstein/Robbins Fancy Free and West Side Story Suite; the Bach/Robbins A Suite of Dances; Stravinsky/Balanchine Apollo; and many, many more. Also, i would never overlook the NYCB Orchestra, which plays some very difficult music with great virtuosity.
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green4NewYork
New York
"A Magical Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2018
I live outside of New York City, but I have been going to the NYC Ballet for years. You know the song from "A Chorus Line" - everything is beautiful at the ballet? Well, NYC Ballet company is the epitome of beauty. An evening at the ballet is so much more than dance. The theater is spectacular. Clean lines, stunning architecture, inside and out and no matter where you sit you will have a wonderful view. Treat yourself to champagne at intermission and people watch all the stunning, (mostly) well dressed New Yorkers. The orchestra is sublime, as is the music. And the dancers, the fabulous costumes, the grace, agility, strength and athleticism is unimaginable. NYC Ballet is arguably the top ballet company in the world. Whenever I get discouraged about the state of the world, violence, war, hate,etc. etc...the ballet restores my faith in mankind. To think that human beings, choreographers, composers, set and costume designers and dancers, can come together and create such beauty in the world....it's simply heaven on earth.
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Julia J
Brooklyn, New York
"Heaven"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2018
I live in NYC, but I'm writing a Trip Advisor review to a tourist. Going to an NYCB performance at the David Koch Theatre is seriously one of my favorite activities in the world. I spend a lot of money here on great seats (2nd ring) and don't regret it at all. Here's why: Repertory: There simply isn't a better and more diverse repertory than NYCB's. I love how each season features a combination of Balanchine and Robbins classics -- the best choreography in the world -- plus great newer works by Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, and others. I can't imagine ever getting bored with what this company has to offer. Recent performances of The Four Temperaments, Symphony in Three Movements, Namouna, and others have seriously blown my mind. Yes, there are some mediocre Peter Martins works but they never dominate season programming. Dancers: Most of the principals are fantastic and distinct in style (especially Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, Ashley Bouder, Joaquin de Luz, Maria Kowroski, Tyler Angle, Adrian Danchig Waring ...), and I like how the company distributes some featured roles generously amongst younger soloists and corps members so you can watch them take on challenges and grow. The dancers are almost entirely from SAB so there's a sense of cohesion across the company. Space: The David Koch Theatre (formerly New York State Theatre) is unbeatable as a large-scale dance venue. The stage is super wide and seats in the rings are well-tiered -- even cheap seats provide a great view of the stage. The decor is distinctly mid-century and I love the expansive open space of the main area. There is a large abundance of restroom facilities so you never have to spend an entire intermission in a bathroom line. Overall, so much better than the Met Opera House for watching dance. Audience: At least for regular performances (i.e. not the Nutcracker), NYCB draws a sophisticated crowd -- that is, people who genuinely care about ballet as an art form and are respectful audience members. I've never had the displeasure of sitting near a child who was too young to be there, or around people using their phones or talking. (In contrast, I went to ABT's Swan Lake last year with Misty Copeland, whom I didn't realize was such a hyped-up celebrity, and some of the people around me did NOT understand dance performance etiquette at all. If you're a parent reading this right now, NEVER bring a small child who can't sit in silence for 2+ hours to the ballet. It isn't for little kids and they ruin the experience for everyone around them). If I had to name any cons, it would be that tickets can be expensive and subscription seat choices aren't always honored, but they make it SO easy to make exchanges. And the perks for subscribers are nice -- discounts on additional tickets and a complimentary drink ticket.
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TAFCRacer
Mechanic Falls, Maine
"Old & New"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2018
We visit Lincoln Center once a year for an opera at the Met. This past Christmas I surprised my wife with a visit across the plaza to the David Koch Theater for George Balanchine's production of Nutcracker. The production was obviously dated, but still held the wonder of the performance well, giving a colorful, expressive stage for the dancers to shine on. The dancers were exceptional, ranging from the seasoned leads to the fantastic children. Being used to opera, one funny thing was I kept expecting the performers to sing! The orchestra presented Tchaikovsky's score with verve & precision. One of the great things about going to Lincoln Center is the marvelous range of people you can meet. We have met people from all over the world. There was a romantic young Parisian couple in the lobby talking with home, excited children dancing with interactive displays and happy families taking portraits on the plaza balcony overlooking the Met. We sat in the first balcony, second row, surrounded by more cool people. My wife's neighbors were transplanted Canadians now living in the midwest, visiting New York for the first time, full of questions about the ballet & staging. Beside me were two girls in there twenties, one who knew nothing of ballet, the other who attended several NYCB Nutcrackers during here school years, and would fist pump with excitement every time the young polichinelles on stage executed their choreography successfully. Having experienced the old, we are looking forward to experiencing a contemporary performance on a future visit, seated a little closer in the orchestra.
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Frequently Asked Questions about New York City Ballet

Where is the theater located?
The New York City Ballet performs at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. To get here by Subway, take the 1 local train to 66th St./Lincoln Center Station.

Does the ballet have a dress code?
No. It is advised that patrons dress according to their comfort level and personal style. Some patrons dress very smartly — but others choose to be more casual.

Can I take pictures during the performance?
No. The use of phones and any photography, recording, and electronic devices in the auditorium is not permitted during the performance.​

Are children welcome to the ballet?
Yes. All patrons, including small children sitting in laps, must have a ticket to enter the theater. All performances are appropriate for ages 5+ as long as guests are not disruptive to other patrons' enjoyment of the performance. Please be aware that anyone causing a disturbance during a performance, regardless of age, will be asked by a theater usher to leave the auditorium.

Is the theater accessible?
For patrons with limited mobility who require access to the David H. Koch Theater with as few stairs as possible, the best drop-off location is at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street under the canopy abutting the sidewalk. From that point, follow the ramp to the theater's Lobby where there is elevator access into the auditorium.

Assistive devices for hearing and binoculars are available for rent during the performances, as well.

Is parking available at the theater?
For those who plan on driving to the theater, a series of on and off campus parking garages/lots are available:

  • Lincoln Center Quick Park Self Park Garage (requires reservations)
  • 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave
  • 62nd St and Amsterdam Ave
  • 65th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
  • Time Warner Center Valet Parking Garage
  • 60th St between Broadway & Columbus Ave
  • 58th St between 8th & Columbus Ave


Parking rates and fees vary.