Live to Dance? 7 Kid-Friendly Performances to Watch

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There are many reasons we don’t take our kids to dance performances: expensive tickets, tantrum potential, and post-bedtime start times. So yes, your tiny dancer has been leaping, twirling, and tip-toeing at classes all around town, but seeing an actual dance performance is still on the to-do list. Time to check one off! These dance companies welcome kids in the (matinee) audience, offer affordable tickets and sometimes even offer a chance to dance with the professionals.

<p style="text-align:right;"><em>photo: Erin Baiano</em></p> <h2>One-Hour Ballets &amp; Workshops</h2> As one of the foremost dance companies in the world, the New York City Ballet might seem like a place too serious for giddy kids, and yet the company still loves them. Three times per year, the theater opens for $20 Family Saturday performances. For that price, you and your child will enjoy a 1-hour onstage presentation by Company dancers featuring short works and excerpts from the ballet’s repertory. Additionally, throughout the year, the Company offers $12 pre-performance workshops for kids 5-8 that explore the music, movement and themes coming up in that day’s matinee performance. An NYCB teaching artist guides children through movement combinations. <pre>New York City Ballet Family Saturdays and Workshops</pre> <pre>Upcoming Family Saturdays: Feb. 7 and May 16, $20</pre> <pre>Upcoming Workshops: February 15 and 28, $12</pre> <pre>David H. Koch Theater</pre> <pre>20 Lincoln Center Upper West Side Online: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycballet.com/&quot; target="_blank">nycballet.com</a></pre> &nbsp;fuck

 

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--Anna Knoebel