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.

photo: Erin Baiano

One-Hour Ballets & Workshops

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.

New York City Ballet Family Saturdays and Workshops
Upcoming Family Saturdays: Feb. 7 and May 16, $20
Upcoming Workshops: February 15 and 28, $12
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center
Upper West Side



Have you taken your kids to a dance performance in the city? Tell us about it!

--Anna Knoebel

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