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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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.


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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Hereford, United Kingdom
"Nutcracker - underwhelmed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2018 NEW
My first ballet and I was excited to see the Nutcracker at NYCB. The theatre itself was impressive - spacious, trendy, well organised. However, the performance itself was totally underwhelming. The first half was comparable to a school play! Not much choreographed dancing and the dancing that did occur was unimpressive. The second half was much better - the dancing quality improved significantly - but was still not particularly ‘special’. My wife has been to several ballets and said this was by far the worst. Not worth the money or the time in hindsight.
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
"The Nutcracker "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2018 NEW
I was so looking forward to the Nutcracker, which I have seen many times performed by the National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. However, I was sincerely disappointed by this performance. While the very few sets were magical, the dancing and choreography were subpar. Dancers were often out of sync with the music and with each other and candidly no single dancer blew me away. I was particularly disappointed that the story itself seemed cut short. It felt like because this is done annually, everyone just showed up and was “mailing it in”. I will say, I was unfortunately only able to get tickets for the 4th ring center, and everything looked tiny from up there. Perhaps it could have been more magical with better seats?
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
"A magical and mesmerising treat for the family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
Words simply cannot accurately describe the wonderful experience at The Nutcracker performed by the NYC Ballet. The dancers were elegant and graceful. The costumes and stage decor were beautiful! The orchestra was wonderful too. Tickets are pricey but it's money well spent. Catching the Nutcracker performance is a must during the holiday season.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
"I never enjoyed the Nutcracker more than this"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2018 NEW
I have seen the Nutcracker many times before, but never as performed by the New York City ballet. The stage props, costumes, music and dance were breathtaking. In particular, the Christmas Tree that grew in act one was an awesome sight. I was a little reluctant to go because I didn't bring any formal or semi-formal wear. I simply wore jeans and a jacket over a casual shirt. I didn't look or feel out of place at all.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
"Nutcracker dreams"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2018 NEW
Thank you for pulling my childhood dreams out of a forgotten corner of my soul and splashing them across the stage. The Sugar Plum fairy was amazing!!! Even the children were fabulous. Sets were awesome!! Loved seeing the dancers taking pics with the wee ones preshow. Wow! Wow! Wow!!
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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.